How Graffiti Can Be Positive
Dec 29, 2019
Andrew Parker

Have You Earned Your Tomorrow

By Edgar Guest

Is anybody happier because you passed his way? Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today? This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through; Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along? Or a churlish sort of "Howdy" and then vanish in the throng? Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way, Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that's slipping fast, That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed? Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said; Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent? Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent? As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say, You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?

Graffiti has very different connotations than it did ten, or twenty years ago. Once clearly defined as something controversial and criminal, today the definition of it is ever-changing. While graffiti is still perhaps a controversial topic, many today see these works of creativity as exactly that – the creative expression of some incredibly talented artists. Put simply – graffiti is now an accepted form of art.

There are of course those who are skeptical and believe that graffiti only promotes vandalism and violence. But upon a closer look at the paint sprayed upon the walls of any given city, one might rethink this position. Ranging from inspiring quotes to political caricatures to giant motivational murals, many graffiti artists are as interested in spreading a positive message as much as they are in making their cities more colorful.

 

 

These works of art can be funny, sad, angry, or touching. But what’s most important to remember is that each one of them is an expression of the voices of people, oftentimes voices which are not heard in our society. And really, is there anything more important than using our freedom of expression? Thankfully, many of today’s artists are using them for good.