LONDON///THE “CANS FESTIVAL” MOVIE…

June 22, 2008  |  Banksy, Graffiti, London, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off

London's Street Art scene exploded in May with BANKSY's official "Cans Festival," a sort of global gathering of stencil art heads unprecedented in scale. Now the organization has released an official time-lapse recap of the event from bare beginning to the inevitable endless queue...

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LONDON///RON ENGLISH CHECKS IN FROM THE CANS FESTIVAL…

May 8, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Ron English, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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McSupersized and Banksy had a daughter and she's quite lovely...

Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH was out in London this past weekend in full force at BANKSY's first public stencil art convention, THE CANS FESTIVAL, where his alter ego McSUPERSIZED tagged along to entertain the kids. While in town Ron managed to liberate a few billboards with his signature brand of "Popaganda," and attend the opening of his joint art exhibition "The Adam & Ron Show" co-starring British painter ADAM NEATE at the venerable ELMS LESTERS PAINTING ROOMS where the queue of punters lined up to get a look at the art was nearly as long as the one to get into the Cans Fest. PEEP THE RECAP: Read More

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///INSIDE THE CANS FESTIVAL…

May 3, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, Hype 2.0, London, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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The event's hostess will be happy to make you more comfortable...

Opening to the public today, London's CANS FESTIVAL saw a massive queue of thousands of fans vying for a closer look at English Street Art mastermind BANKSY's latest offerings. Of course, over 40 other artists from around the world participated in the stencil art-only jam inside an unused Eurostar terminal at Waterloo on the capital’s South Bank including Ron English, Blek Le Rat, Bsas Stencil, Run Don't Walk, James Dodd (dlux), Tom Civil (civilian), Vexta, Prism, Daniel Melim, Altocontraste, Bandit, Roadsworth, 3D Del Naja, Artiste-Ouvrier, Sten, Sadhu, C215, Lucamaleonte, Lex, Orticancvoodles, Kaagman, Dolk, Pobel, M-City, Vhils, Btoy, Coolture, Schhh, Borbo, Sam3, Faile, Eine, John Grider, Logan Hicks, Pure Evil, and Dot Masters. The general public is invited to participate as well, and any punter showing up with a stencil and some paint will be allowed to leave their mark within the festival's legal boundaries. HAVE A LOOK (OVER 150 PHOTOS!): Read More

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///FIRST LOOK AT BANKSY IN THE CANS FESTIVAL…

May 3, 2008  |  art, Art Stunts, Banksy, Graffiti, Hype 2.0, Laugh Trak, London, News, RIP, Street Art, Street Life, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's very legal contribution to the Cans Festival...

In case you've been living under a rock, London is playing host to the CANS FESTIVAL this weekend, a huge show of stencil art with over 40 international street & graffiti artists participating, including movement figurehead and onetime rebel BANKSY, who masterminded the entire affair. These photos represent the first look at his work in the show. Located in an unused Eurostar terminal at Waterloo on the capital's South Bank, the very legal festival intends to showcase one of London's most popular tourist attractions in a safe, controlled setting. We're not exactly sure why it's called the "Cans Festival" instead of the more obvious "Stencil Festival," but we are surprised Sir Banksy himself is taking center stage in the show. The gangster move would have certainly been for Banksy to shun participation in the festival while dropping an illegal bomb of massive proportions elsewhere in the city as a movement-leading show of force. Who knows, it's a long holiday weekend in Fogtown, perhaps our man's got something up his sleeve yet. Meantime, here's what Banksy had to say about organizing the show: "Graffiti doesn't always spoil buildings, in fact it's the only way to improve a lot of them. In a few hours with a couple of hundred cans of paint, I'm hoping we can transform a dark, dirty, neglected hellhole into an oasis of beautiful art. I've always felt anyone with a paint can should have as much say in how our cities look as architects and ad men, so getting to cover an entire street with graffiti is a dream come true, or as some people might call it, a complete and utter nightmare." The show is being sponsored & organized by PICTURES ON WALLS, an East End printmaker that produces limited-edition screenprints by Banksy and Faile, among others. Tonite marks the VIP first-look debut of the show with A-listers like Kevin Spacey strolling through the tunnel, cocktails in hand, admiring the Street Art in spacious privacy before the sweaty masses are admitted on Saturday with an expected 75,000+ fans expected to descend on the show. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the weekend...

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Tagline: "What a lot of rubbish"

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NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY GETS RUBBED OUT…

May 1, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Bo Peep gets a refund...

Yeah, yeah, more BANKSY news, but how often is it that you hear about one of his street hits getting buffed? At a point when lucky recipients of Banksy bombs are selling chunks of their walls and starting retirement funds it's nice to see one go the way of the dinosaur. And that's exactly what happened in NYC this month when a disgruntled shop owner wiped his store's slate clean...

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Some decisions...

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... last a lifetime. That's his kid's college fund he's painting out.

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Next up... WK, you busy this week?...

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HONG KONG///”BANKSY ROBS HONG KONG” SELLS OUT…

April 24, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Hong Kong, Hype 2.0, News, Street Life, Worldwide, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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The smell of sweat and money in Hong Kong...

We're not going to devote a lot of time and space to the unauthorized second-hand sale of consigned works that is the current "BANKSY ROBS HONG KONG" show presented by FABRIK CONTEMPORARY ART at the HONG KONG ARTS CENTER that opened last nite, but for the curious, here's a look at what Banksy's first organized foray into the Asian market looks like. Since the artist and his camp had no part in the exhibition, no new works were presented and the show consists mainly of pre-owned prints and other limited-edition serigraphs with few original pieces of art on display. Of particular interest, however, were some never-before-seen chunks of the warehouse installation Banksy painted for the afterparty of his 2002 "Existencilism" show at the 33 1/3 Gallery in LA that were later removed and preserved by an astute private collector. As of this writing, all works in the show had been spoken for and prices were as insane as any other Banksy sale, with some works reaching the $500,000 mark. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///AN HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A BANKSY…

April 18, 2008  |  art, Banksy, London, Street Life  |  Comments Off

Hit mute immediately to kill the annoying house music that accompanies this time-lapse video of an hour in the life of BANKSY's recent Tesco mural on Essex Road, Islington, where an incredible array of tourists, locals, and random lookie-loos stop in a sixty minute span to take in, pose with, and ponder the meaning of the artist's critique of one of the UK's biggest retail chains. With this kind of public support, it seems Sir Banks would be hard-pressed to get arrested these days...

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///BANKSY’S BIGGEST EVER…

April 16, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Cool Shit, London, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's tribute to the watchers...

Somehow, against all odds, SIR BANKSY just keeps going bigger and never gets caught. His newest piece which debuted this week in London—a three-story parody on London's closed caption TV network that constantly surveys the city's residents as they go about their daily lives—was erected ADJACENT to one of the cameras in question, and still he roams free...

From the DAILY MAIL:
"Banksy pulled off an audacious stunt to produce what is believed to be his biggest work yet in central London. The secretive graffiti artist managed to erect three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence despite being watched by a CCTV camera. Then, during darkness and hidden behind a sheet of polythene, he painted this comment on 'Big Brother' society. (read more)"

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Note real CCTV unit (highlighted in red) adjacent to Banksy's mural. Insane...

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LONDON MASSIVE///FRESH BANKSY…

April 12, 2008  |  Banksy, London, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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By land...

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And by sea...

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LONDON///SIGN OF THE TIMES///NEW BANKSY GETS PLASTIC COVERING BY OWNER…

March 11, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Let your freak flag fly behind protective glass...

In a true sign of the times, lucky BANKSY owners in London have taken to protecting their newfound gifts against vandalism as evidenced by the owner of this Savemain Pharmacy on Essex Road, Islington, who immediately bolted protective plexiglass plates over his freshly-installed nest egg this month. For those left scratching their heads over the meaning of Sir Banks' latest stencil, Tesco is a large chain store, sort of the UK equivalent of Wal-Mart that, like its American cousin is putting a boot to the necks of local mom & pop shops everywhere. We can only pray that "The Splasher" has a cousin in London readying his buckets of paint, wheatpaste manifestos, and cutting torch as we type this...

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