As we've been reporting, BANKSY's pre-Hurricane Gustav art run through New Orleans' battered Lower Ninth Ward produced a flurry of new large-scale pieces throughout the neighborhood that started disappearing almost as soon as the hurricane passed. Now the remaining images that can't be cut down and trucked off are being covered up at rapid pace by locals who don't exactly fancy some rogue Englishman painting up the sides of their houses and stores, regardless of how abandoned they might be. The highlight of this week's cover-ups? The wall formerly home to Banksy's gas mask marching band being reclaimed by the local Gulf Coast Dragons Motorcycle Club, complete with a new handpainted sign where Banksy's stencils used to be. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As we reported earlier, immediately following BANKSY's recent pre-Hurricane Ike art trip through NEW ORLEANS the newly-placed guerilla art installations stenciled onto the sides of vacant houses and abandoned buildings throughout the city's Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward began to disappear. Some have fallen prey to obvious treasure hunters (hopefully New Orleans residents who can actually put the money from sold Banksys back into the neighborhood), and others, ironically, have been erased by the so-called "Gray Ghost," an anonymous New Orleans resident known for covering graffiti with gray paint that Banksy parodied in several of the recent installations. Regardless of who’s taken them, it’s only a matter of time till the doors and siding planks bearing the mark of the Bristol bad boy begin to make their way into the seemingly endless array of “street art” auctions of late. Following is a near-complete recap of the streetjacking to date. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Following BANKSY's recent art run through NEW ORLEANS and the city's subsequent drenching from Hurricane Gustav, observant residents have begun removing the English street artist's guerilla art gifts, including the stenciled rat from the side of this Katrina-ravaged home. Other pieces have been reported missing and we await photographic confirmation. Meanwhile, we're renting a sawsall and booking a flight to the South with an eye towards early retirement. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Yeah, it's been an unusually busy week in BANKSY news, but following his whirlwind art tour of the pre-hurricane NEW ORLEANS, we've gotten the first image of his recent artwork submerged in the post-storm floodwaters currently soaking the already-devastated Lower Ninth Ward. Stay tuned for more looks in the week to come. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As we reported earlier this week, British street artist BANKSY has been on a southern road trip of late, starting in a pre-Gustav New Orleans before moving on to ALABAMA where he paid homage to the great white powers-that-be with his stenciled image of a hung KKK member on an abandoned gas station. Taking matters into their own hands yesterday, irate locals broke out their own spray cans to let the world know what they think of a snotty English street artist pointin’ fingers at their good ole boys. Too bad they didn't realize that simply cutting out the stencil & selling it on eBay would have been the sweetest revenge. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
After painting the town in New Orleans this past week, rogue British street artist BANKSY had the good sense to get out of Hurricane Gustav's way and piloted his caravan towards the Old South stronghold of ALABAMA where these newest hits quickly popped up. Keep an eye on ST for updates as Her Majesty's royal artist makes his way east, spraycan in hand. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One wouldn't normally expect to find the world's most Googled street artist lurking among the ruins of the lower ninth ward in NEW ORLEANS, but that's just where renegade stencil artist BANKSY has been holed up for the past week, covering the desiccated city with art to commemorate the anniversary of KATRINA, the hurricane that killed 1800 people when it struck the coastal city in 2005. Said Banksy of the operation, "Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean-up operation,” and attested that the city's levee wall offered "the best painting surface in the state of Louisiana.” In the art world, timing is everything, and as the anonymous bomber wraps up his project, the city once again braces for the onslaught of an oncoming tropical storm. Hopefully, once residents realize what's been painted on their doorstop, a quick sawsall session and a little eBay savvy will net them enough to build a mansion in the French Quarter. HAVE A LOOK:Read More
Here at Supertouch we're not in the business of unmasking our contingent of anonymous artists, but with BANKSY fervor in full swing, London's DAILY MAIL has published an extensive feature today purporting to unmask the city's most beloved vandal as a as a former public schoolboy from middle-class suburbia. The piece includes the artist's alleged name and photos of the Bristol Bad Boy as a high school teenager, on vacation in Jamaica, and his childhood home along with testimony from former "friends" and family members. Is it really him? We'll never tell, but you can read the full story for yourself HERE...
In an effort to thwart bootlegging and the resale of his illegally placed street installations, national living art treasure, knight of the Queen's court, and minister of tourism BANKSY (Sir Banksy, to the common man), has just established an official certification board to authenticate his artworks prior to resale. Yes, you read that right. Appropriately named "Pest Control," the Banksy-appointed committee has declared that all major resellers of his work must consult them first before any secondary market work can be considered truly authentic. A member of Banksy's camp reports, “The works are made for specific sites, and taking them is tantamount to theft. That is why Banksy has approved this authentication system. He certainly doesn’t want the people who’ve removed them making money out of it.” This move comes after three inauthentic works attributed to Banksy went on sale at Bloomsbury Auctions in London without prior certification. And so turns yet another incredible page in the grand work of performance art that is Banksy's career...
Walking through the abandoned Eurostar terminal-turned impromptu stencil art museum that is BANKSY's infamous "Cans Festival," it seems that the Bristol bad boy has his share of detractors after all. Just two months after the show's debut (it's scheduled to remain on public display until Fall) it seems the local graffiti droogs have made their feelings regarding England's prince of street art known in the form of ubiquitous tagging throughout the tunnel. Do we smell an old school graffiti war brewing? No chance, that would be way too "street." The Queen will probably have her royal art conservators on the job restoring the place by week's end. HAVE A LOOK: Read More