Typically graffiti artists have been punished for displaying their art on public walls, but Dallas is making a move to give these types of artists a legal way to showcase their art. Today an event will showcase art made by local graffiti artists who pledge to not create unlawful artwork. This will be done in an attempt to reduce unlawful graffiti and bring new success to these talented artists.
All artists who are participating were required to sign a written pledge that they promise to cease unlawful graffiti. In turn, the city will help promote graffiti artists with artistic promise. Dallas hopes that this will set a new pathway to success for these types of artists, while also keeping them out of legal trouble and preventing graffiti from covering the walls of public buildings and other spaces. Last year, the city also encouraged taggers to take part in public, legal artwork by allowing them to paint pillars under the Commerce Street Bridge during the Trinity River Wind Festival.
While graffiti is an extremely popular way for street artists to show their talents, it can easily be an artwork that upsets others because it does place images in public places without permission. While graffiti artists should be encouraged to pursue their talents, it is important that events like this push the legality of the art and provide people who take part it in with a space to do it lawfully.