Graffiti: Its Impact On Adolescents




Mielke, Jessica Lee

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This paper briefly discusses graffiti art and the history of how it became a movement and part of the hip-hop culture in the 1970s and 1980s. The focus of this paper is the age of the artists behind the graffiti. The research questions used were 1. Does graffiti have an overall impact on adolescents? 2. Is graffiti used as a transitional aid during the time of adolescence? and 3. Is graffiti used by adolescents to communicate in a new form or is it used as an expressive outlet? Exploring the mutualistic relationship between graffiti and adolescents shows that there is an overall impact. This impact leans towards positively influencing adolescents to use not only their voice but also their imaginations. This is helpful during the changes that the adolescent goes through.



graffiti, art, adolescents, impact, Honors College


Mielke, J. L. (2015). Graffiti: Its impact on adolescents (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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