What does the graffiti artist get out of doing what he does?
Have you ever been tempted to add your initials to a wall, or write 'I was here' in a place you visit, or write or carve your initials and those of the one you love in a public place for all to see?
This type of graffiti is definitely not motivated by anger, in fact some of it, especially where other people have already written their names, is purely suggestion. This type of graffiti is mindless, no ill will accompanies it, and the person doing it most likely does not even see it as a crime of any sort. This is the sort of graffiti that many young people might engage in because they do not realise the consequences for others.
Other motives drive graffiti in public toilets. Toilets, where the graffiti artists is concealed are a common location for graffiti. See toilet graffiti.
However, anger also motivates indivduals to graffiti. It is human to become angry. It's a natural reaction to what we envisage as unfair situations or treatment. Many of us might like to exact vengeance on an enemy but it's against the law to harm people despite what they may or may not have done. It is rare for an angry person to deface or damage the property of an enemy, partly because they would instantly know the perpetrator. A public wall becomes the expression of their anger or resentment.
All graffiti bears a cost that we all ultimately have to contribute to through our taxes. Graffiti artists effectively 'steal or cash'. Find out more about the cost of graffiti.
Local councils hate graffiti
A neighbourhood littered with graffiti very quickly takes on the look of a deprived area. A place where muggers, drug takers and the underclass of society dwell. It makes people feel uneasy.
Councils and companies that deal with large numbers of the general public are also limited by graffiti artists. Graffiti affects the choice of finish and colour that is applied to the walls of public buildings or to fences bordering railway lines and motorways. Walls in public places need to be washable or easily cleaned. Is that fair on the rest of the law abiding public?
Graffiti can also be dangerous. People who spray paint road signs remove safety instructions for drivers and can cause chaos on the road as motorists can't see where they should be going or the speed the should be driving at.