“In the words of Ilse Scheepers, “Although the general public criticizes graffiti for contributing to the ‘ugliness’ of an area, graffiti writers as a rule do not write for the public as an audience. They write for themselves, and other writers, engaging in a dialogue with others who they may have never met, who inhabit the same city or visit the same areas” (McNichols).
This article describes the many motivations behind the actions of graffiti artists. It also explains the transition between “tagging” and wanting to send messages to the public through art.
Street artists are usually more known for sending a message or making society ask questions. Here’s an example of how street art can arouse public conversation and debate: