We take a look at some of the best pieces of graffiti and street art found in Brighton & Hove to answer the question, is it an eyesore or a welcome sight in the city?
Arguments always erupt over the legitimacy of graffiti in the art world and I've taken to Debate.org to gather as many opinions I can.
"Graffiti is not art, it's vandalism! I hear people all the time try to excuse graffiti as art. But the truth is that it's vandalism and destruction of other people's property."
"Art is a method of expressing oneself. Graffiti is a method of expressing yourself, in a strong and public manner."
"Graffiti can be art only if it isn't somewhere art is NOT meant to be. Like on someone's property with out permission. That is when it isn't art any more. It's vandalism."
"We need to remember some taggers are professionals, or trying to make a wall come alive, imagine a city with colourful walls.... everywhere."
Opposition of the urban style of art often critique the actions of these artists as vandalism. While supporters argue that people should be allowed to express themselves in an environment where they can promote their art, I certainly agree that you should encourage freedom of expression rather than quell gifted talents.
Here you can see some of the graffiti that covers most of Brightons walls. There is certainly artistic talent at play here, and an incredible amount of time and effort.
My question to you, is this still considered vandalism? If you were walking down a street and stumbled upon one of these pieces, would you be scared, as many people claim to feel when they see graffiti.
Now I know not all graffiti looks this good, or this detailed, and some people do it purely out of spite - do we let the actions of a few effect the many? So should the question be that we need proper education on types of street art that exist and eradicate pointless tagging?
Famous Banksy graffiti on the side of The Prince Albert pub, alongside with other famous people, such as George Best, Elvis, James Brown and The Beatles.
Admit it, this is the coolest one of the lot isn't it?!
This is a city that welcomes graffiti with open arms, letting the artistic nature of their residents run wild. The city is full of mural, popular culture references and tributes to inspirational people across the globe.
Let me ask you, what would you prefer, a drab and boring city with grey walls or a colourful skyline with inspiration that could potentially inspire you to create something as beautiful?
I look forward to your comments on the subject of urban art.