One of the largest issues with graffiti today is tied to its legality. While some pieces can be truly imposing and awe inspiring, when done on subway trains or other public areas, they still remain illegal. Nationwide and worldwide, there have been numerous groups opposing graffiti since the eighties, resulting in tighter legislation that has gotten as far as recently making it illegal for anyone to possess spray paint or broad tipped indelible markers in public buildings or facilities in NYC with the intent of creating graffiti.

While the graffiti movement hasn’t slowed down as a result of more aggressive anti-graffiti programs (if anything, it’s picked up new steam), many cities are starting to dedicate space for artwork to avoid vandalism in other areas. In the private sector, businesses are also finding it a good idea to use part of their exterior wall space to attract attention.

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