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Street art and subculture

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2000

Street art subcultures symbolize some amazingly imaginative and improvisational practices in every day’s life. According to (Toby et al 4), street artists represent a challenge for visibility, its regulation in public places, and policies that bounder the art and artist’s legitimacy. However, the street artists continue fighting for their right while developing with a resistance. Nevertheless, their art represents some hybrid artwork with generative logic of mix making it one-step ahead of the cultural police hailing from any jurisdiction. Earlier in the days, street art seemed like a ghost trying to project its repressed dreams and fantasies on the street walls. According to Snyder (36), most cities illegalized the practice arguing that it defaced private property. However, many of the artists could argue that the art gave a better image or beautified the cityscape. This scenario raises the question whether this makes graffiti or street art an illegal movement. It also raises the question on whether graffiti only becomes art if placed in galleries. Graffiti has been around for many years, and evidence lies in the Roman architecture. The original objective of the street work and graffiti was to inform the public about political and social problems arising within the region. This method made it a silent but highly effective means of protest against the increasing problems in the society. The street art may seem utopian, aggressive, or juvenile, but most artists started it with a lot of empathy for the city.