Graffiti is said to have developed from early Roman art such as wall paintings, but todays graffiti in the Western world has changed substantially. Graffiti as defined by Webster's Dictionary is pictures or words painted or drawn on a wall, building, etc. The question I want to answer is what most people don't understand about the act of graffiti. Many people refer to it as an act of vandalism as stated by the law, however in the dictionary of art it is much more. Graffiti interested me because my major, which is criminology, teaches you to look at the criminal act of graffiti where another person can look at it and see the meaning and beauty behind it. Graffiti is far more than a simple wall painting. This style of art takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication to create.