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Journal: MABINI REVIEW (Vol.6, No. 1)

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Page : 38-54

Keywords : Graffiti; Re-framing Criminal Behaviour; Bulgaria; Case Studies; Designing-out Crime;

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In much of the literature graffiti is connected to notions of defacing, devaluing, vandalising, participating in an illegal activity or exhibiting ‘anti-social behaviour.' The aim of this paper is to show the change of perceptions toward graffiti as less of an act of vandalism or a criminal activity and more of a solution to many social and political concerns. The paper offers a way to reframe graffiti as the solution rather then the problem based on a study of graffiti crews in Sofia, Bulgaria. The paper presents three cases of these crews, each attempting to address different social and political issues within the capital of Bulgaria. This paper is hoping to highlight how graffiti can be used as a tool to help reduce crime, showcase a critical subcultural communication that is inclusive of the community at large, and depict the aesthetic value that can be added to a place in order to re-design the space and people's attitude and behaviour. More importantly, the paper serves to show how graffiti can enable introspection and bring out not only the ‘soul' from the wall, but also our own.

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