I am currently studying about the Graffiti Door that is displayed in the New-York Historical Museum, and the origin and development of graffiti. With roots in Philadelphia, Graffiti art spread all across the United States almost spontaneously. It was at first used in the 1960s by gang activists to mark territories. In later years, however, Graffiti became a way of expressing oneself and one’s identity. Graffitists make markings on any surface around the city, on walls or trains, with no permission-thus making this act illegal. Jack Stewart, a photographer and historian in the 1970s, invited street graffitists into his home for an interview where he allowed them to “perform their magic” on his bathroom door. This door can be seen in the New-York Historical Society. The Graffiti Door has over 190 markings of graffitists, some of which are Tracy 168, Tony and Jackiez. These artists are said to have been not older than eighteen years old at the time the graffiti door was produced, making it remarkable that their art is featured in a museum. Debates aroused in the 1970s over graffiti being considered vandalism or art. There are still discussions on this subject. What do you think? Does graffiti promote vandalism?