Graffiti is not art. It is a crime punishable by jail time and/or fines.

According to, there are several myths regarding graffiti.  Take a look:

Myth: Graffiti is a victimless crime.
Fact: Social scientists and economic advisors often refer to the “broken window theory” when referring to graffiti because:

  • It draws a connection between the occurrence of graffiti and a perceived diminished quality of service
  • If graffiti is allowed to exist, it will persist
  • There is a correlation between graffiti and more serious crimes

Myth: Graffiti is usually gang-related.
Fact: While graffiti was once regarded as a territorial marking related to inner-city gangs, today, it is considered a sport by youth from all socio economic realms.

Myth: Graffiti violators are young, lower-class minority males.
Fact: Data indicates that a broader range of people up to the age of 50 participate in graffiti crimes. In fact, arrest data from 17 major cities reveal that 50-70% of all street level graffiti is caused by young adult Caucasians with college and career ambitions and pursuits.

Myth: The link between graffiti and other forms of crime is remote.
Fact: Various other forms of juvenile delinquency and crime have been linked to graffiti production. These include shoplifting, drug use, underage alcohol consumption, curfew violations, and other forms of vandalism. There is also a correlation to violent crimes.

Myth: Graffiti writing is not organized.
Fact: Graffiti writers have formed separate and distinct groups, often referred to as graffiti bands, tagger crews, posses or mobs. The most common term is crew. These groups vary in size and geographical dispersion.