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Banksy's Amazing Street Graffiti

Updated on December 12, 2012

Written by: Jaclyn Popola

The works of Bansky, an anonymous English graffiti artist whose real name may be Robert Banks, primarily litter the streets of London but have made appearances in the U.S. and Israel as well. Possibly born in Bristol in 1974, Banksy began as a freehand artist before switching to stenciling around the year 2000; his anti-war, anti-establishment and pro-freedom graffiti images began springing up on city walls in the late 1990's. Although he has given numerous interviews and even published several books, Banksy's true identity remains unknown. Because he is so elusive, it can only be speculated that Banksy produces his stencils by using computers, because they are so intricate and realistic.

In 2004 he produced a series of £10 note spoofs substituting Princess Diana's head in place of the Queen's (changing the text where it said "Bank of England" to "Banksy of England") and decorated a corridor at the Carlton Arms Hotel in New York City. In 2006, Banksy sold an original painting of Queen Victoria as a lesbian to Christina Aguilera and sold a set of six silk-screen prints depicting model Kate Moss in the style of Andy Warhol's pictures of Marilyn Monroe through Sotheby's auctionhouse for £50,400. His stencil of a Mona Lisa with green paint dripping from her eyes also sold at the same auction for an obscenely high amount.

In addition to producing street graffiti and freehand drawings, Banksy is also allegedly responsible for pulling a number of high profile stunts. He supposedly climbed into a penguin enclosure at London Zoo and wrote "We're bored of fish" in letters stretching seven feet high and spray-painted the words "This is not a photo opportunity" on a number of spots that are, in fact, notorious places for photo opportunities. In August 2006, Banksy replaced 500 copies of Paris Hilton's debut CD with his own cover art--he renamed the tracks "Why am I Famous?" and "What am I For?", and altered the images of Paris so that she appeared topless, or with a dog's head replacing her own, and in September 2006 he dressed an inflatable doll up as a Guantanamo Bay detainment camp prisoner and placed the doll on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride.





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      geo glasgow 6 years ago

      fkn right ,,Glasgow new art gallary and transport museum yet paint over banksys???? sity of culture my arse couldnae spot cultur if it as growing on there arse..

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      Nice hub. Please have a look on my hub about Banksy Art.

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      phatwa 7 years ago

      Knight Frank just painted over one on Sauchiehall Stin Glasgow and don't seem to even realise what they've done (because I've pointed it out to them)- total morons.

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      bedub 7 years ago

      Is there a Banksy in Stockbridge Edinburgh?

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      Grant 8 years ago


      There is a Banksy in Glasgow Scotland needs to be rescued, at the steel shutter next to the NCP carpark just off argyle street Glasgow, the council have been in and splashed a roller of grey gloss over it out of badness, needs carefuly dabbed off with turps, I would like to put a bit of clear acrylic plastic over it...

      The council seem to leave Gang marks and random "so and so was here" vandalism and are quick to destroy real street art out of jealousy that they don't have any talent, all they do is fill in potholes in the road with cold set tar or sit in an office waiting for the weekend...

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      Becca 9 years ago

      Fuckin ledge i love him :D:D

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      jonaitis 9 years ago from San Francisco

      We had a Banksy in the Haight where I live and some bastard painted it over--a huge loss to the street art here.

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      colin mcdermott 9 years ago from Manchester UK

      Banksy rules! Have a couple of pictures of his stuff on my hub

      One Love

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      Panic 39 10 years ago

      Banksy is the man!

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      bwsot7m 10 years ago from Toronto

      I think Banksy is one of the best international artists of our day