Is gaming graffiti a "street art"? Or just a public nuisance?
Most of the graffiti I saw growing up was considered "tagging". It typically consisted of scrawled initials, an illegible nickname, or maybe a crude face — the rattle-can equivalent of marking one's territory. Most tagging didn't look like "art".
The perception of graffiti has changed over the years, gaining a degree of legitimacy and (dare we say it?) respectability, almost. Consider the popularity of certain street artists such as Banksy or Shepard Fairey, whose work includes social commentary and can command prices that rival "serious" fine art. Along with this evolution of perception has been a rise in new types of graffiti, spanning categories such as anime, video games, comics, and movie themes.
Venice Beach, CA
During my stint in Los Angeles I saw a many different styles of graffiti, especially in Venice Beach. Graffiti would change like the wind, appearing one day and disappearing the next. There was always something new to see anytime you strolled down Venice Blvd.
Have you seen the movie "Exit Through the Gift Shop"? It introduces some of the most famous names in graffiti art, some of whom even appear on camera. The movie really opened my mind to how people were creating graffiti, oftentimes improving the appearance of rundown areas. The movie also introduced video games as a form of graffiti! ("Space Invader" is even featured!)
Take a look at this brief summary of the film:
Below are a few types of video game-graffiti found on the Net. There are literally thousands of examples!
So what do you say? Art or public nuisance? (Or both?!)
I'd love to hear about other examples of gaming-graffiti you've seen, whether in person or on the Internet. Share some of your faves in the comments! Ready, game on!