Graffiti and its relation to the urban culture have long been debated. Some see it as an art form, while others see it as a way to show protest. Graffiti is a unique way to communicate with the public by using pictures and words on the wall. It has been a form of public communication since the stone age when men began to draw pictures of their surroundings. It is different from conventional art in the degree of freedom it offers. Anyone can pen down or draw his/her ideas through graffiti.
Scotland politics and graffiti
Graffiti is a very effective way of spreading the word around and the same has been used to spread political messages. The Scotland polls for freedom saw the use of graffiti as a very effective way of spreading the message around. Even the Arts Trust Scotland has recognised graffiti as an art form which has immense potential. The Kelburn castle in Scotland is a good example of Graffiti changing the face of a locality with government approval. Once the old castle was painted it became very popular, and the original lease of three years was extended. In fact, the castle has become a worship place for Graffiti enthusiasts.
The three types of Graffiti
Graffiti can generally be classified into three types. The first one is known as “tag” and is words with a style. A tag uses simple letter style. A more advanced form of tag is “throw up” when the artists go more creative and use bubble letters or some other creative way to write. The third type which is most popular is the use of drawing to depict popular scenes or popular faces with a slogan. Political parties use this form to spread messages which can really turn heads. It has been recognised as a popular art in many countries and is being used to spread public messages.