Graffiti vs. Doodle

By Jaxson

  • Graffiti

    Graffiti (both singular and plural; the singular graffito is very rare in English except in archeology) is writing or drawings made on a wall or other surface, usually as a form of artistic expression, without permission and within public view. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire. In modern times, spray paint and marker pens have become commonly used graffiti materials, and there are many different types and styles of graffiti, it is a rapidly developing art form.

    Graffiti is a controversial subject. In most countries, marking or painting property without permission is considered by property owners and civic authorities as defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime, citing the use of graffiti by street gangs to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities. On the other hand, graffiti artists, particularly marginalized artists with no access to mainstream media, resist this viewpoint to display their art or political views in public locations.

    The life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat illustrates the subjective nature of the public response to graffiti. He started out as a street graffiti artist chased by authorities, and later one of his paintings sold for over $100,000,000.

  • Doodle

    A doodle is a drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be composed of random and abstract lines, generally without ever lifting the drawing device from the paper, in which case it is usually called a “scribble”.

    Doodling and scribbling are most often associated with young children and toddlers, because their lack of hand–eye coordination and lower mental development often make it very difficult for any young child to keep their coloring attempts within the line art of the subject. Despite this, it is not uncommon to see such behaviour with adults, in which case it is generally done jovially, out of boredom.

    Typical examples of doodling are found in school notebooks, often in the margins, drawn by students daydreaming or losing interest during class. Other common examples of doodling are produced during long telephone conversations if a pen and paper are available.

    Popular kinds of doodles include cartoon versions of teachers or companions in a school, famous TV or comic characters, invented fictional beings, landscapes, geometric shapes, patterns, textures, or phallic scenes.

  • Graffiti (noun)

    Drawings or words drawn on a surface in a public place, usually made without authorization.

  • Graffiti (noun)

    Informal inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., as opposed to official inscriptions.

  • Graffiti (verb)

    To mark a surface with such images.

  • Doodle (noun)

    A fool, a simpleton, a mindless person.

  • Doodle (noun)

    A small mindless sketch, etc.

  • Doodle (noun)


  • Doodle (verb)

    To draw or scribble aimlessly.

    “The bored student doodled a submarine in his notebook.”

  • Doodle (verb)

    To drone like a bagpipe.

  • Graffiti (noun)

    writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place

    “the station was covered in graffiti”

  • Graffiti (verb)

    write or draw graffiti on (something)

    “the graffitied walls”

  • Graffiti (verb)

    write (words or drawings) as graffiti

    “graffitied names sprayed on bus shelters”

  • Doodle (verb)

    scribble absent-mindedly

    “he was only doodling in the margin”

  • Doodle (noun)

    a rough drawing made absent-mindedly

    “the text was interspersed with doodles”

Oxford Dictionary

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