Atmospheric Influence

Graffiti can be seen in two forms, tagging where someone will sign their name/symbol, often as a quick form of ownership and territory marking, as seen on the bridge crossing from the station tram stop to town [1]. The wall along the tram way [2] is in a constant battle between taggers and the council to remove them.

Above [1] & [2]

It has become such a problem recently that it has made BBC News, Andy Kershaw(2016) says “people think the area is rough”. I would agree and say this form and large amount does have a detrimental effect on the area.

The other form is as street art, the common man’s art gallery. It’s not often the average person visits a gallery, but graffiti has the opportunity to appear in everyone’s daily life. When we live in a pretty standard community where rules and regulations can make one place seem like any other, artistic graffiti can add a bit of excitement and culture.

Above [3] & [4]

Then there are the Star-graffitists whose work may be considered somewhere in-between, such as Phlegm [5] who is a cartoonist and illustrator often puts his detailed pieces on run down factories. Kid Acne [6] was created in 1997 and still stands today and his bright messages are common around Sheffield.

Above [5] & [6]

Whether they bring beauty, thought or detriment, graffiti is a part of every city and town. Humans have the urge to leave their mark, for the better or worse. And graffiti has been around for thousands of years. It has a large influence on the context of an area and should be encouraged in positive ways.

The poem I wrote about Moments was inspired by graffiti on the site. It could be seen as poetry due to it seeking deep thinking or it could be an annoyance seeing as it is large and written along the flood defenses. Someone has also taken to the task of trying to scrub it out which adds to its effect on the surrounding atmosphere.


[1] & [2] Andy Kershaw (2016). BBC News, Retrieved from
[3] Rocket01 (2012). David Attenborough, Retrieved from
[4] Pete McKee (2013). The Snog, Retrieved from
[5] Phlegm (Unknown). Retrieved from
[6] Kidacne (1997). You’ll Thank Me One Day, Retrieved from


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