80+ Beautiful Street Crimes done by BANKSY
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!
(Sources: banksy.co.uk | Wikipedia | www.briansewell.com | boredpanda| weburbanist.com|timesonline.co.uk)
“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
Maid in London
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
RAT AND A GIRL
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.
Banksy in Palestine
“How illegal is it to vandalize a wall”, asks Banksy in his website introduction to his Wall project, if the wall itself has been deemed unlawful by the International Court of Justice? The Israeli government is building a wall surrounding the occupied Palestinian territories. It stands three times the height of the Berlin wall and will eventually run for over 700km – the distance from London to Zurich.
The “guerrilla artist” Banksy has helped to transform the security barrier that surrounds the town with more than a dozen satirical images painted, plastered and sprayed on to the 8m-high (26ft) concrete. The work winds a trail to the heart of the city at Manger Square, where more than a dozen pieces are housed directly across from the Church of the Nativity. More info on the Wall project, here. Wach video here.
GIRL AND A SOLDIER
Located on the side of a building in Bethlehem, Occupied West Bank. The piece is located on one of the main roads, leading out towards the Bethlehem checkpoint to Jerusalem. It is drawn on the side of a building, not on the Wall itself, largely for security reasons. The soldiers do not take kindly to professional entities spending a lot of time at one place on the Wall. Such people are generally arrested for terrorist activity and accused of trying to destroy, blow up, or weaken the structure.
“This wall marks the spot where over 40 people were killed during the first Intafada (the little holes along the top are from bullets).
While Banksy was painting it a lot of people came over, some to shake his hand and others telling him to go away. Eventually the local MP was called out to diffuse the eighty-strong crowd that had built up (by which time Banksy had left and the piece was completed by the local kids). ” – eddiedangerous
(Image credits: Paul Wood)
GIRL WITH BALLOONS
GAP IN THE WALL
Not a common graffiti, but it’s on Banksy’s official website.
Eat the Rich
Phone Boxes, New York City, USA
Take This Society
In February, 2008 a stencilled graffiti work appeared on Thames Water tower in the middle of the Holland Park roundabout, and it was widely attributed to Banksy. It was of a child painting the tag “Take this Society” in bright orange. London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham spokesman, Councillor Greg Smith branded the art as vandalism, and ordered its immediate removal, which was carried out by H&F council workmen within three days
What Are You Looking at?
One Nation Under CCTV
The Westminster City Council stated in October 2008 that the work “One Nation Under CCTV”, painted in April 2008 will be painted over as it is graffiti. The council says it will remove any graffiti, regardless of the reputation of its creator, and specifically stated that Banksy has no more right to paint graffiti than a child. The work was painted over in April 2009.
Cashpoint Girl, London, UK
Rat Mural on Canal Street, Chinatown, New York City
Rude Boy Rat
This one is in Melbourne, not sure if it’s really Banksy.
“Ah rats!! spilt the nuclear waste.”
Off the Wall
“Rat Restaurant with red carpet.”
Rat, Liverpool, UK
Oh wait, this is not Banksy! Well, ok – lets leave it here.
Thug for Life
“Hordes of photographers descended on Savemain pharmacy in Essex Road, Islington, after so-called “guerrilla artist” Banksy painted a large mural on the wall. It depicts three children pledging allegiance to a flagpole with a Tesco plastic bag flying from it.” – Islington Gazette
Girl Holding a Bomb
Ice Cream Bomb
Rats with Signs
These are in 2 different locations. Bored Panda’s premise is, that the stencils are drawn over the messages, that were previously left by other “street criminals”.
Banksy Sniper & Boy, Bristol, UK
Anti-capitalism for Sale, Los Angeles
No Ball Games, London, UK
The Mild Mild West, Bristol, UK
Rat Race, New Zealand
Mona Lisa with Bazooka
Hidden away on a wall overlooking the Thames at Trinity Buoy Wharf London
Mona Lisa Showing Her Bum
Just found some info on that, and it appears that this graffiti was done by Nick Walker, not Banksy.
Caveman, Los Angeles
Man and Picture of a Dog, London, UK
TV Thrown from a Window, London, UK
Girl with a Baloon, London, UK
Artist, London, UK
Naked Man image by Banksy, on the wall of a sexual health clinic in Park Street, Bristol. Following popular support, the City Council have decided it will be allowed to remain.
P.S.: if you like what you just saw you might be interested in Banksy’s best selling book Wall and Piece.