: MFA THESIS
: Phil Hamlett, Bob Sloth, Dave Gottwald
Graffiti has a long history and also has become big in the American art movement. Some people think graffiti is beautiful and some disagree because of its use in gang culture and the vandalism issue. Graffiti vandalism is a big issue in the United State that costs more than a billion dollars to cities and property owners to clean up every year. Graffiti vandalism continues increasing every year with no signs of decrease.
Find a way to decrease illegal graffiti in the United States by using graphic design.
Research shows that some graffiti artists are still vandalizing because they can't get away from graffiti culture and believe that graffiti should be vandalism. Also, some graffiti artists who focus more on art are vandalizing because they don't have enough legal space to do their work. Vandalism from artists projects a bad image to people in the community and makes them opposed to graffiti in many ways. That also leads to teenagers using graffiti as a tool to express their anger or rebel against their parents. Based on research, the opportunity that I found to solve this problem was to create an organization named "Graff-it-up" that will help educate people of the younger generation about graffiti, encourage people in the community to focus more on the artistic side of graffiti, and find more legal space for people interested in doing graffiti.