Bomb It: The Global Graffiti Documentary

The documentary, “Bomb It” was a very enlightening film about the subculture of graffiti. Every time I pass graffiti so many questions cross my mind; “how did they get up there” or “when did they do this?” Watching this video I realized how extremely dedicated and persistent graffiti artists have to be to accomplish what they do. Although graffiti art is dangerous, it provides an outlet for those who feel excluded. The film visits cities all around the world and divulges into how graffiti has impacted so many different lives. It is done to make political or social statements, to give a gift to the city or get back at society, or to gain notoriety. A great interpretation of graffiti I heard from the video was when it was described as “taking your identity and exaggerating it.” Just like other forms of art, graffiti is performed for many different reasons. In Holland, graffiti is all about topography and shapes. An artist that stood out to me was Mickey from Holland who was a first grade teacher by day and a graffiti artist by night. I like how she graffiti’s eyes in her work to watch over the city. In Brazil, Nina did graffiti of doll-like figures for the children (picture below). A common theme amongst graffiti artists was to gain fame. Another artist that stood out from the rest was Zezao from Sao Pablo. Unlike most graffiti artists, he finds solace in doing graffiti in dark, deserted places such as in tunnels. He uses the color blue to symbolize life and healing. The importance of his work is seen in the contrast between his designs and the trash surrounding it. Also, unlike other artists who look for fame, he does graffiti as a therapy to find peace in himself. His story really touched me especially when I saw how much he wanted to help the family who thought of that tunnel as their home. Finally, I thought it was interesting how those opposed to graffiti saw it as a gateway to crime, while those who are in favor of graffiti see it as a way to save people from falling into worse crimes. This video was so insightful. I now have more of an appreciation for graffiti as a movement in art.

Nina’s Graffiti in Brazil 


Zezao in Sao Pablo

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