To the person doing it -- art To the person whose property it is destroying - vandalism
To the person who is tagging their name or gang affiliate -- fame to other punks who have no respect for other people or their property -- misguidedly they think it garners them respect -- it does not. It is just the same as a dog pissing on a tree, nothing more.
It depends on where you do it, my friend thought she was creating her "art" on property that allows graffiti and got fined and community service. In my opinion, it's art, but it's all in the eye of the beholder.
It's vandalism but you're destroying somebody else's property or don't you get that. If you want to go out and do it do it at our home. It as if someone keyed our car just think how you would act if someone did that then they said its art what would you do then.