Asked about his technique, Banksy said: “I use whatever it takes. Sometimes that just means drawing a moustache on a girl’s face on some billboard, sometimes that means sweating for days over an intricate drawing. Efficiency is the key.”
Oh, wait! Maybe we should start by explaining who the heck is Banksy first of all?
WHO IS BANKSY?
Banksy is a quasi-anonymous English graffiti artist. According to Tristan Manco, Banksy “was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s.” His artworks are often satirical pieces of art on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics.
He’s gone from a teenage tagger to a well-known artist making multi-million dollar art. His style and message have, ironically, been wholeheartedly embraced by the very type of people he mocks.
CAN I BUY ONE?
According to Wikipedia, Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti (why should anyone be interested in buying PHOTOS of graffiti in the first place?). Art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.
He mentions in his book, ‘Wall and Piece‘, that as he was starting to do graffiti that he was always too slow and was either caught or could never finish the art in the one sitting. So he devised a series of intricate stencils to minimise time and overlapping of the colour.
Enough of the theory, I’m sure most of you know more about him and will share it in the comment section. Happy scrolling!
“Ignorance can be costly in the Banksy exploitation business. It was reported that “bungling workmen painted over a mural by famed street artist Banksy worth £100,000″. Last week, 60-year-old Sam Khan, purveyor of luggage and football scarves to the denizens of Tottenham Court Road, London, was inconsolable after flogging a Banksy that had been painted on his stall for £1,000 and discovering that it could be worth £500,000. Poor love.” (guardian.co.uk)
Stream Roller Warden
Banksy’s real name is not, as is commonly believed and has been widely reported, Robert or Robin Banks. In July 2008, it was claimed by The Mail on Sunday that Banksy’s real name is Robin Gunningham
Virtual Play, Los Angeles
Girl Sliding, London, UK
You Looked Better on Myspace, Los Angeles, USA
Not sure whether it’s Banksy or not, anybody?
After following a white paint trail around the streets of shoreditch it ends up at this stencil.
No Ball Games
Banksy’s New Orleans Tour
Banksy’s recent journey to America included a trip to New Orleans to decorate some of the buildings affected by Hurricane Katrina. On his website, Banksy talks about his first impressions of Nola: “I looked out the window of the taxi on the drive into New Orleans and remarked – “There’s still so much devastation – I can’t believe they haven’t cleaned this mess up.” To which the driver stared at me and said “This part of wasn’t affected by the hurricane – it’s always looked like this.”
GIRL WITH UMBRELLA
BOY AND UMBRELLA
(Image credits: unknown)
BANKSY FRIDGE KITE
It WAS on St. Claude Avenue. Currently it looks like this: view
BOY ON A LIFEBUOY
Someone ruined it, view here.
Someone damaged it by sticking a big Obama’s face on it, view here.