TEEN INTERVIEWS

We interviewed 60 students from second year at Viladecavalls Secondary school. We gave them two or three possible answers so that it was easier to put answers together and to draw conclusions out of them.

QUESTIONS AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS

These are the questions we asked to some students from our school.

1)        What do you think about graffiti?

a. it’s art                          b. it isn’t art                                         c. It only gets walls dirty

2)        What kind of people do them?

a. only young people                      b.  criminals                                         c. artists

3)        Do you think they have a reason for doing it?

a. Yes (Expressing themselves)                                               b. No (just for fun)

4)        In the future, do you think society will consider graffiti a job?

a. Yes                                 b. No

5)        How old is the first graffiti in modern times?

a. 1920s   b.1980s                            c. 2000

Do you think that a graffiti is the same as a tag?

a. Yes          b. No                                  c. I don’t know what a tag is

6)        Do you think graffiti is vandalism or art?

a. vandalism                 b. art

7)        What would you do If you saw somebody doing a graffiti?

a. look at it               b. remind him/her it’s forbidden                   c. call the police

8)        What would you do If you saw somebody doing a graffiti on the wall of your house?

a. look at it                                            b. remind him/her it’s forbidden                   c. call the police

9)        Do you agree that graffiti is allowed in some places?

a. Yes (only in some)                                     b. No            c. it should be allowed everywhere

TEEN ANSWERS & OUR CONCLUSIONS

1. What do you think about graffiti?

a. it’s art                            b. it isn’t art                      c. It only gets walls dirty1


CONCLUSION: Most of the people interviewed think that graffitti is art. The reason of it is that graffiti is difficult to do. Not all the people have the skill to do it. Another reason could be that teenagers have another point of view on art because they have a wider image culture and know the impact of image better.

2. What kind of people do them?

a. only young people         b.  criminals                     c. artists

2a

CONCLUSION: Although a few people answered graffitti are done by young people, most teenagers think that the kind of people that do graffiti are artists. Almost nobody thinks they’re done by criminals. That means that the works of street artists are definitely art according to the people interviewed.

3. Do you think they have a reason for doing it?

a. Yes (Expressing themselves)           b. No (just for fun)

3a

CONCLUSION: Most people think that they do graffiti to express themselves. They probably think that graffitti is a way to express feelings and ideas. This is what graffitti has in common with other arts like writing, dancing or singing.

4. In the future, do you think society will consider graffiti a job?

a. Yes                                             b. No

4a

CONCLUSION: Half the teenagers interviewed think that the society will consider graffiti as a job. According to this, graffiti is a way of expression and also of entertainment.

5. How old is the first graffiti in modern times?

a. 1920s                          b.1980s                            c. 2000

5a

CONCLUSION: Half the teenagers think that the first graffiti was in 1920 and the other half, think that it was in 1980. It seems that people like graffiti but they are not interested in its origin or history.

6. Do you think that a graffiti is the same as a tag?

a. Yes                      b. No                      c. I don’t know what a tag is

6a

CONCLUSION: Most people know that graffiti is different from a tag. This could mean that tags are very popular among teenagers but they don’t know how to interpret a graffiti. Adult people would not know what a tag is when they were asked the same question.

7. Do you think graffiti is vandalism or art?

a. vandalism                        b. art

7a


CONCLUSION: Most of the people interviewed think that graffiti is art and almost nobody thinks that it’s vandalism. This means that teenagers mostly  agree with and enjoy street art.

8. What would you do if you saw somebody doing a graffiti?

a. look at it            b. remind him/her it’s forbidden          c. call the police

8a

CONCLUSION: Most of the teenagers think that if they saw somebody doing a  graffiti, they would look at it. Almost nobody thinks that they would remind them that it’s forbidden or that they would call the police. So we can conclude that most people like graffiti and they see it as something usual that should not be banned.

9. What would you do If you saw somebody doing a graffiti on the wall of your house?

a. look at it             b. remind him/her it’s forbidden         c. call the police

9a

CONCLUSION: More than half of the teenagers interviewed say that if they saw somebody doing a graffiti on the wall of their house they would call the police. The rest say that they wouldn’t do anything or that they would remind him or her that it’s forbidden.

If we compare the results from questions 8 and 9, we can conclude that if people saw somebody doing a graffiti they would look at it, but if that happened on the wall of their house, they would call the police. So most people like graffiti anywhere apart from their house.

10. Do you agree that graffiti is allowed in some places?

a. Yes (only in some)             b. No          c. it should be allowed everywhere

10a

CONCLUSION: Most of the people interviewed think that graffiti should be  allowed only in some places. Almost nobody thinks that graffiti could be done in specific places or everywhere.

So we can conclude that people like graffiti but they think that graffiti should be painted only in some places, not everywhere.

6 thoughts on “TEEN INTERVIEWS

  1. Miss Parra

    Thanks guys for the graphics and the great job you have done with conclusions. You made a great effort to draw conclusions and take them a step forward! Congrats!

  2. Xavi Pina

    I’m impressed with this part because before I saw it I thought that everyone thought that graffiti is not an art but I’m happy to know that it is just an old stereotype.

  3. Cristina Fiol

    I’m impressed with this hard job but I think that the first pic is a little bit small.
    When I started with the project I was not interested at all in the world of graffiti and I would have probably answered that most people who do graffiti are criminal because I didn’t understand that many of them have their meaning.

  4. Lilit

    People’s thoughts are very interesting since I think that many believe that graffitti is vandalism. This section shows us the different opinions of people who see the world in their own way and that it’s interesting to compare.

  5. Andrea Céspedes

    In this part of the project, the most interesting issue for me, is the question “In the future, do you think society will consider graffiti a job?”.
    The other day I was talking with my brother about his friends.
    He has a friend who is an artist. She works as a painter of graffiti, and she is very popular in this area. However, she suffered a lot when she told her father that she wanted to do this for a living. Her father didn’t understand why her daughter wanted to be a graffiti writer. He didn’t like it, because he had always preferred that her daughter had considered a career in medicine or some engineering.
    Nowadays she is travelling a lot around the world showing her gallery graffiti; moreover she is earning a lot of money with her work.
    But, her father can’t believe how his daughter is successful with this kind of job, yet. She smiles when she remembers the comments of her father.

  6. Alonso

    Sorry, I don’t know English!
    Està molt bé l’entrevista,és molt curiós el que responen el nois; la que més n’ha sorprés és la dels tags, semblava que no teniu massa clar la diferència entre embrutar una paret i deixar un missatge estètic en forma de mural. De fet, el graffiti seria pintura mural contemporània i urbana, mentre que el tag és simplement una mostra de narcisisme adolescent.
    Respecte a la pregunta si en el futur el graffiti serà considerat una feina, el pintors Keith Haring i Jean Michel Basquiat van començar pintant grafitti al metro de NY i van acabar exposant, crec que tots dos a la mateixa galeria d’art, la de Leo Castelli. L’art, de fet, no és al.lèrgic als diners!

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