The problem of graffiti has returned despite all of the attempts to eradicate it locally. Most graffiti expresses local culture and often reflects conflicting expressions of feelings about issues of concern. A topic we see repeatedly concerns the latest presidential election.


Sociologists have studied graffiti for some time. Although sometimes law enforcement officials view it as an indicator of potential gang conflict, an explicit attempt to deface public or private property, or a product of other nefarious intentions, graffiti is frequently viewed by its perpetrators as a form of artistic expression that deserves recognition and sometimes serves as an affirmation of public consciousness.

Graffiti also occurs indoors and can be expressed in creative ways. This was taken in an easy to guess context.

It will be of interest to see how graffiti relating to government and the newly elected president's administration will be distributed and change over time. This is an interesting and potentially important topic in the study of deviance and crime, media, law, and civil liberties that deserves our attention in the coming months.

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