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Local group gives outlet to graffiti artists

on Tuesday,November 16,2010 14:11

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Graffiti has been long considered a form of vandalism, but a new program is helping street taggers turn their talent into other forms of art. The Graff Lab group in Los Angeles is keeping former taggers off the streets on weekends and deterring gang violence.

Many graffiti taggers say that there is a thrill in evading the law, according to the Los Angeles Times. Vandalism, which is considered a crime, can give artists a high. However, the basis of tagging is creativity, which is why the Graff Lab was developed. Former street artists now have a place to go to unleash their energy and express their talent without finding themselves in trouble with the law.

"It's not defacing property; it's an art form," Graff Lab founder Ricardo Guerrero told the news source. "They can be whatever they want, but when they cross through those doors, they are an artist."

Graff Lab is has a wide range of artists, including teenagers and working professionals alike. Participants are able to use every part of the office space where the program is held to create art.

Art-related jobs are predicted to increase by 12 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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