Is Graffiti Artistic Expression or Vandalism?

Graffiti is a crime in most places. I say most places because some business ask that their properties be painted as an artistic expression. There enlies my question. Is graffiti art? Or is graffiti vandalism and a crime? Can it be both?

As a photographer, I’m intrigued by some graffiti. Some of it is trash, some of its is beautiful and can be a great medium to photograph. Here are a few of my favorite shots I’ve taken. What do you think of graffiti?

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