Evaluating Art

by Taylor Norman

"Good Art"

Art, like many forms of expression, is subjective and unique to each person who views or experiences it. Although beauty can be found in all art forms and pieces, there is a general criteria that I, along with many others, specifically look for when appreciating art.

The first thing that is most obviously showcased through art is technique; which is different for each medium. For tattoo artists, technique involves crisp lines, accuracy, and having a light hand so as to not bruise or scab the skin of the customer; painters may show their skills by the use of shading and texture; gifted musicians perform by playing precisely and passionately; potters ensure that their vessels possess and even thickness throughout the piece and are symmetrical. Whether the medium be professional quality Prismacolor colored pencils or Crayola crayons, I believe talented artists can create "good art" with what they have at hand. The second most important criterion to me is the message that is portrayed through the art. Even if the artist's technique isn't mastered, a strong message can render the technique irrelevant in my eyes. "Good" art emits the artist's emotions and perspectives, and has significant meaning to the artist. Art backed with a message is the best art that exists.


"Bad Art"

I consider "bad art" to be art without significant meaning and/or lacking in technique, especially for tattoos. Additionally, art may have incredible technique but may be attempting to spread hate, which in my opinion would be regarded "bad art". I believe art should embrace opinions and express artists in ways that are not purposefully threatening.