Posts Tagged ‘Banksy’

NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY ON THE LINE

October 13, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY’S 2ND ROUND OF LEGAL BILLBOARD DROPS

October 13, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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The rats in NYC keep getting bigger...

As we mentioned last week, BANKSY is indeed in Manhattan, this time for the opening of his self-funded mock pet store installation, titled "Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill," and he's spending big to post huge—and, yes, LEGAL—wall-sized murals around downtown to prove it. These two new installments—located at Houston & MacDougal and Canal Street near the Holland Tunnel—were again paid for by the deepening pockets of Sir Banksy himself, and executed by expert sign painters, COLOSSAL MEDIA, who just days prior installed the reigning street art king's first two mega-rats. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY GOES LEGAL: RENTS WALLS & HIRES SIGN PAINTERS

October 3, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Anyone smell a rat?...

Headline grabbing British street art star BANKSY grabbed even more attention this week when two massive new murals featuring his trademark rat character were unveiled in downtown NYC. The enormous spots were not the artist's usual sneak attacks, however, as both images appeared on legally rented walls and were painted—in uncharacteristically plain sight over the course of several days—by commissioned Manhattan sign painters COLOSSAL MEDIA. Of course this has raised the eyebrows of the worldwide legion of the Banksy faithful that follow the Bristol Bad Boy's every clandestine move with baited breath. Has Sir Banks given up his usual M.O. in favor of going legit? Has he made so much money that it's safer to rent space and hire commercial painters than bomb? Is he qualified to run for Vice President of the USA? Unfortunately, none of these questions will be answered in the weeks to come. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///STREET LIFE///BANKSY DISAPPEARING FROM NEW ORLEANS FAST

September 23, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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The Bristol Bad Boy makes NoLa residents see red... 

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

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NEWS///STREET LIFE///MORE BANKSY ART GOES MISSING IN NEW ORLEANS

September 18, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Bye-bye bugle boy... 

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

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NEWS///ART CRIMES///BANKSY NOLA ART STARTS DISAPPEARING

September 9, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's NOLA house rat flees the roost...

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

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NEWS///STREET LIFE///NEW ORLEANS FLOODING WASHES OUT BANKSY

September 4, 2008  |  Banksy, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's umbrella boy treads water in Gustav's floodwaters...

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

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NEWS///STREET POLITIKKKS///BANKSY’S KKK MEMBERSHIP REVOKED IN ALABAMA

September 4, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Graffiti, News, Street Art, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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The great Southern trendkill, in black and white...

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

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ROAD TRIPPIN’///BANKSY JOINS THE KKK IN ALABAMA

August 30, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Graffiti, News, Road Trippin, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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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

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NEWS///STREET LIFE///BANKSY PAINTS NEW ORLEANS AS KATRINA MEMORIAL

August 29, 2008  |  Banksy, Feature, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

banksyopener.jpg 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:

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