Banksy Silences Glastonbury With Meat Truck Tour  Comments (0)

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Arguably, one of Banksy’s most controversial mobile installations, Sirens of the Lambs, is making its way around the 5-day festival site of Glastonbury this weekend.

Appearing mainly at “at mealtimes”, the eerie moving sculpture highlights the ever-present issue of animal farming – a pretty dark, yet, necessary, dig at the meat industry.

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It’s a harrowing piece at the best of times, so you can imagine the look on thousands of pilled-up, music-lovers, as it creeps through the fields of Worthy Farm – a place where 450 dairy cattle are usually tucking into the greenery!

Farmer and festival organiser, Michael Eavis, seemed equally bemused:

Is it some kind of animal rights thing? I’m not sure about it. Our cows are actually very happy, they have the highest milk yield in the county.

Feel like he’s missed the point there a little.

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Anyway, prior to being impounded by the NYPD, ‘Meat Truck’, as it is also known, was first seen on the mean streets of NYC during Banksy’s ‘Better Out Than In Tour‘ in October of 2013.

Glasto 2014 is the first time that its been seen in the UK, with this latest version using a local Somerset truck with “25 per cent more added terror”, according to the B-man himself.

Check out the short clip of the truck in motion at the festival below.


Banksy’s Spy Booth – Here Today, Sold Tomorrow  Comments (0)

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One of Banksy’s latest murals, dubbed; “Spy Booth” has been covered with scaffolding amid claims it too will fall to the hands of money-grabbing auction houses.

London-based firm Q Scaffolding last night put hoardings over the painting which depicts comic book-style spies listening in on a phone box near GCHQ in Cheltenham.

The company today denied it had been called in to remove the mural, which appeared overnight in April, saying the scaffolding was to allow the house owner to re-render the property.

“Spy Booth”, depicting men “snooping” on a telephone box, appeared on a private house in Hewlett Road in April.

Police were called in the early hours today after one worried local parked a Ford Transit alongside the wall to prevent the work from continuing.

Resident Darren Power said:

I think the Banksy will be removed. Why would they get a scaffolding company up from London to do it? I still think it will end up in an art gallery sooner or later. It’ll be a shame if it does because everyone here loves it.

Pub worker Tanya Taylor, said:

It is such a lovely piece of art. Since it has been there it has been good for business. We’re being told it’s not going anywhere but then some people are still worried. I really hope it stays.

The move comes a month after Banksy confirmed the painting was his handiwork.

Now John Joyce, of Q, has said the homeowner was paid for the work, which will be auctioned and he expected could fetch up to £1million.

Mr Joyce said part of the work would be removed “on Friday”, and part of it “on Sunday or Monday”, before being taken to London for the sale on 4 July.

He explained the landlord of the property had sold the piece for an undisclosed amount.

We are not doing anything illegal. We are preserving Banksy’s legacy.

He added that by removing the artwork it would protect it and “stop it being vandalised”.

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Earlier, Cheltenham Borough Council said it believed the owner of the house had arranged for scaffolding to be erected in order to repair rendering on the wall.

People living nearby guarded the site overnight to ensure the work was not removed.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said there was an increased presence of officers in the area because of “social tension” that has developed among residents who do not want to see it removed.

At the beginning of June, Banksy admitted painting it – three miles away from the government listening post, GCHQ.

Since then “Spy Booth” has attracted hordes of visitors.


Reboot’s #WorldCup Graffiti Mural – Boston Banksy  Comments (0)

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A brand new, World Cup-inspired, mural by Boston’s very own “Banksy”, Reboot, appeared on the side of a Marks & Sparks down Petticoat Lane in Boston on the day that England were due to face Uruguay in their Group D clash.

On Twitter ‘The Boston Banksy’ has tweeted a photo of the image with the caption “Showing my support #England #motd #Brazil #WorldCup #Graffiti”.

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Reboot, or, “The Key”, as formally known, is responsible for works that include King Kong atop the Stump, situated in Wormgate, a soldier firing butterflies out a gun in Mitre Lane, and a moonwalking stormtrooper in Dolphin Lane.

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The England team could be all but out of the World Cup depending on other results. If the Italians can do us a favour and win both of their games then we might be in with a chance.

So, for the next two Group D games, we are all honorary Ital’s. They take on Costa Rica tonight at 5pm on BBC1.

Forza Italia! ;)


Video: Banksy – The Unauthorised Retrospective  Comments (0)

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A video promoting the new Banksy retrospective at Sotheby’s S/2 gallery has been released.

In the video, Steve Lazarides, the curator of the exhibition and the graffiti artist’s former agent, discusses his passion for graffiti art, while attacking the pristine white S/2 gallery with several paint-filled fire extinguishers.

Lazarides developed his enthusiasm for graffiti artists as a teenager, growing up in Bristol.

You had people like Inkie running riot all over town, doing wildly inventive stuff. Of course it was highly illegal, colourful, tied into the hip-hop scene at the time – all the things that would appeal to a 14-year-old idiot.

The retrospective at Sotheby’s is the first major exhibition of Banksy’s work.

None of the artist’s famous graffiti street pieces will be included: instead, the retrospective focuses on Banksy’s canvas paintings and sculptures, including Banksus Militus Vandalus, the stuffed rat he smuggled into the Natural History Museum back in 2004.


Gordon Banks(y) Unveils ‘Save Of The Century’ At The Britannia  Comments (0)

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1966 World Cup Winner and six-time FIFA goalkeeper of the year, Gordon Banks OBE, has donned his favourite hoodie to create his very own street art.

Inspired by his graffiti artist namesake, Banksy, Gordon’s piece commemorates the anniversary of his “save of the century“.

This week in 1970, at the Mexico World Cup, Banks stooped low to his right to save a downward header from the great Pelé that seemed destined for the back of the net.

In a classic moment during a group game against eventual winners Brazil, England’s best-ever goalkeeper somehow managed to get the fingertips of his right hand to the ball to scoop it over the bar.

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Banks has now visited the home of Stoke City, where he starred for the Potters between 1967 and 1972, to put the finishing touches to a mural painted in his honour.

People remember me more for that save than as a World Cup winner in 1966.

To be fair, there is no better player in the history of football to make a good save against than Pelé. He remains the very best I have ever seen.

I’ve watched Sir Stanley Matthews and George Best through to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but Pelé was the master. He could do everything.

He tells me that wherever he goes in the world people want to talk about all his goals … apart from in England, when they want to talk about my save.

I think it’s a wonderful painting. It’s something that’s going to stay here and that’s a nice feeling.

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Banks still works in football by sitting on the Pools Panel, having helped decide home wins, away wins and those all-important score draws for 26 years. The Pools chiefs have helped him send a good luck message to Roy Hodgson’s England team as they prepare to launch their World Cup campaign against Italy on Saturday.

That match will be played in hot and humid conditions in Manaus in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest – and Banks can sympathise.

We kicked off the game when I made that save against Pelé at midday. It was 102F.

Alf Ramsey had made sure we trained at that time to be ready, weighing us before and after each session. In an hour-and-a-half I’d lost half a stone.

England have a tough group this time around, but nobody knows what can happen in a World Cup. Nobody knew we were going to win it in ’66.

I hope we can surprise a few people.


New Banksy-stlye Piece In Tonbridge – Redlock Graffiti  Comments (0)

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Out of all the cheap imitations that we see, this one actually looks pretty convincing.

Spotted on a wall behind a block of flats near the Castle Pub in Tonbridge, the mural has sparked some speculation on social media with the ever-present question, “Is it or isn’t it?”

The mural depicts a ‘rude boy’ policeman with a bottle of the good stuff and his dog on a tight leash, looking rather intimidating to passers-by.

Naturally, graff heads far and wide jumped to the possibility of it being a new and original Banksy – and we would have agreed on this one, given the skilled stencil work.

But it’s not.

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Another street artist by the name of Redlock is known in the area for creating pieces in the same fashion – check out ‘Goonda

Must be his.

Whose ever it is, the public want it to stay.

That is so Banksy! Whoever did this is very very good indeed! What a lovely way to brighten up a boring wall?

How cool! I hope it doesn’t get removed.

Hope it’s a sniffer dog, will scare a few ‘dodge dealers on the path to the Wharf

New Tonbridge police recruit! It’s all we could afford!

I work in Bristol most of the time, some of the street art there is superb, none of this senseless tagging, and to the council’s credit they’ve let it flourish.

Hopefully the council and the artists can be sensible and we’ll see more of art like this. And art is art.

Leafy Tonbridge, aye! Who would have thought it.


Antiques Roadshow Bid £400k For Mobile Lovers  Comments (0)

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As the Mobile Lovers saga nears an end, life-long owner of the Broad Plain Boys Club, Dennis Stinchcombe, is weighing up offers from a number of different sources.

But, none so revered in the antique & art world (possibly) as the Antiques Roadshow.

The piece, which has been officially claimed by Banksy himself, and confirmed as a “visual gift”, received bids in excess of £1million, but Dennis has kept true to his word by seeking out only the most respected of potential new owners.

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Amongst this bunch of cash-rich art lovers is the Roadshow with a tidy bid in the region of £400,000 – not to be sniffed at.

Whilst filming in Bristol, Dennis managed to get the rare and original artwork valued by the show’s experts. It seems as though the reputation of both Dennis and the mural precedes them as everyone at the mansion house recognised them immediately.

Gallery owner and expert, Rupert Maas, told Dennis that selling the artwork for £400,000 would be a ‘good deal’.

The youth club owner said:

I am looking to sell the Banksy at the highest price, and I just took it down to get an expert opinion. I’m not an art dealer and I’ve got no idea what I am doing. He said it was like everything else – Banksy is an incredibly hard thing to put a price on. And the reason behind that is there are no set fees or prices, but it is a very unique piece.

They also said in real terms, if somebody offers me £400,000, that would be a good deal. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and it is better to just get the money in the bank.

I could take it to auction and get no more for it, so we are in between a rock and hard place really, on making a decision. But the people there today were amazing, everyone was going mad for it. Everyone was taking photos and gathering round. I was hoping to keep it quiet but everyone saw me there, and I guess it will end up on TV now.

But I am just trying to do my job properly and get the most money for my boys.

Mobile Lovers is worth that much more than other Banksy originals due to the handwritten note of authenticity that arrived at the youth club, delivered by the artist himself, soon after the council got their grubby mitts on it. Banksy stepped in and the artwork was sent back where it belongs.

Here’s some of what the B-man said in the letter…

I don’t normally admit to committing criminal damage but seeing as it looks like charges won’t be brought anytime soon you have my blessing to do what you feel is right with the piece.

I’m a great admirer of the work done at the club and would be chuffed if this can help in some way.

Check out the rest of it below!

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Buy A Banksy Dealers Plan First Street Art Museum  Comments (0)

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The contoversial art dealers who tried to stage an auction of Banksy’s murals by the name of, ‘Buy a Banksy’, have announced plans to establish a museum devoted to street art inside a disused London Underground station.

The Sincura Group said are looking to convert a derelict tube station into the world’s first street art museum, with a view to host rolling exhibitions; some of which with works by our beloved Banksy.

Slated by the B-man himself as, “disgusting”, Sincura earn their crust by removing and selling original murals from their locations and passing them on for a fee. We’ve reported on a couple of occasions where Sincura have been involved and it seems as if they have no shame.

Their claim is that the exhibition concept was actually cooked up as a means of crowd sourcing public opinion for the museum with nothing having been set in stone as of yet.

According to The Art Newspaper, the murals may still be up for sale following a short loan spell to the museum if it does end up opening.

Lee Bofkin, co-founder of graffiti & street art archive Global Street Art, was given the heads-up as a potential candidate to lead the project and he seems pretty sure that the “time is ripe” for a museum dedicated to street art.

How it is going to be realised is going to be a real challenge, but the notion of a street art museum is solid.

Joe Epstein, who runs LDN Graffiti told The Art Newspaper:

Perhaps a street art museum is a much better outcome than the art being stuffed away by some rich geezer.

We’re hoping that the talk surrounding the Mana Museum of Urban Arts beats them to it.


Jeff Friesen’s Incredible Lego Banksy Homage – Bricksy  Comments (0)

42-year-old Canadian, Jeff Friesen, and his seven-year-old daughter, June, have created what could be described as, arguably, the best Banksy tribute we have seen in our whole time as Banksy T-shirt grand masters.

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Using those all too familiar coloured plastic bricks that we know as, Lego, the completed project has been dubbed, Bricksy.

Highlights include tongue-in-cheek versions of Balloon Girl, Banana Pulp and Bouquet Thrower – all with Jeff’s own funny captions and embellishments.

The work makes an unexpected connection between Banksy’s street art and Lego bricks. There is something compelling about gritty street scenes rendered in clean, modernist Lego bricks.

For many Bricksy scenes I hope to give viewers an extended story for Banksy’s work, often infused with sideways humour. The iconic bouquet thrower, for example, is revealed to be throwing flowers to his girlfriend in a tale of forbidden love – she happens to be a police officer.

Each scene takes Jeff about a day including Lego building and photography. He says he typically makes five or six versions of each scene.

A lot of time is spent looking for Lego parts, as my daughter has access to the same brick collection, which are technically hers.

It is challenging to make gritty street scenes in clean, modernist Lego bricks, though there is a fun irony to it. I also wanted to do more than a straightforward recreation of Banksy’s work, not always successfully. For example, in The Mother of Anarchy the scene is zoomed out from Banksy’s original and includes the surrounding trashed buildings and riot police.

I think of Banksy as a culture-shifting phenomenon…not just for his artwork but for his wit and his toying with the art world. Even his critics cannot deny a before-Banksy and after-Banksy moment.

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Bricksy: A Lego homage to the work of Banksy - May 2014

Bricksy: A Lego homage to the work of Banksy - May 2014

Bricksy: A Lego homage to the work of Banksy - May 2014


Banksy Summarises Better Out Than In After The Webby’s  Comments (0)

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So, Banksy didn’t show up to collect his Webby last week. It was to be expected really, wasn’t it?

But, following on from recent form, he did respond with a slightly tongue-in-cheek summary of the tour that won him said, Webby, with the below video, narrated by someone who sounds a bit like a B-movie actor struggling with the accent.

Anyway, it turns out that some of Banksy’s older work, which he hung illegally in the city museums about nine years ago, is still there, being admired by the public and tourists alike, day in and day out.

In Banksy’s recent words…

This was meant to be a small visual gift for the area…

So shut up and enjoy it, NYC! ;)

In the meantime, check out the video below.


Banksy Wins A Webby – But Did You Really Think He’d Show Up?  Comments (0)

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We’re sure that Banksy would have been over the moon with his Webby Award. Who wouldn’t?

But, after years of remaining a mystery to the public, it was highly unlikely that he was going to show up on stage to collect his gong in person.

The B-man was named Webby Person of the Year, largely due to the success of his Better Out Than In tour of NYC back in October of 2013.

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And, although much of this project was in physical form, the Digital Media space blew up, captivating audiences worldwide. No less than 350,000 new Banksy followers were made in just one full calendar month as he stuck to a daily entry of new street art material on his Instagram account.

The #banksy fix was used over 38,000 times across the Big Apple as users checked in with their own snaps & shots on the likes of Tumblr, Vine, YouTube & Twitter.

Banksy’s award was presented by American singer-songwriter, Patti Smith, and accepted by Webby Awards host and comedian, Patton Oswalt. He then read out a speech prepared by the artist, joking:

Somebody painted over it.

The awards show also commemorated the Web’s 25th anniversary and World Wide Web inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, gave a few words on the debatable points of Internet neutrality, swiftly followed by a standing ovation.

The Internet has got to be free and open and neutral. Up to us.

Let’s keep it that way.


Broad Plain Millionaires – Youth Club Could Really Cash In  Comments (0)

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If you’re lucky enough to get gifted a one-off Banksy piece, then you can pretty much expect a big payout these days. Especially when he gives you his blessing!

The much talked about, Broad Plain Boys Club in Bristol, has been offered the fairly tidy sum of £1million for the Mobile Lovers mural that has dominated street art and graffiti news for the past month.

We’ve all become pretty accustomed to the fact that a Banksy original will easily fetch anything from around £200k plus, but this one is special, and not only because it’s been the centrepiece of a possession row.

However, this piece, comes with an extremely rare, signed, letter from the man himself, prompting bids from across the globe, as they hope to get their greedy mitts on the package.

We have had big offers from as far away as Beverly Hills, but I am concerned about choosing an appropriate auctioneer and one which is respectful of the work. I seen Banksy be critical of some of these auctions for the types of his art they sell so you have to be sensitive.

For now it is in the gallery for everyone to see but we are hoping to pin down an auctioneer this week some time.

Some of the offers we have had have been in excess of £1 million and the letter we have from Banksy is also thought to be very rare.

It’s all great news for the club and we hope to sell it for as much as possible to settle our finances and secure our future over the next few years at least.

In his conventional cloak-and-dagger style, Banksy’s identity remains a huge mystery, yet he still stepped in to back the “little guy” by writing a letter, addressed to the club owner, Dennis Stinchcombe, giving him his ‘blessing’ to do what he felt was right with the art.

Some art critics have said the man in the painting resembles former Prime Minister Tony Blair!

Can’t quite see it ourselves. ;)

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Bardwell’s Banksy – Sixty Four Years Prior To The GCHQ Mural  Comments (0)

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Sixty-four years prior to Banksy’s GCHQ-inspired mural, a young apprentice was creating his own masterpiece in the town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Reg Herrington was completing a five-year building and decorating apprenticeship at Bardwells, on Hewlett Road, when he was asked to paint a large ad for the firm on the side of a house, in the very same street as the Banksy piece.

I painted the picture in 1950, and it stayed on the wall for 20 years. It was a picture I painted of two men painting the wall working on scaffolding. It was of the foreman and one of his decorators, and they were easily recognisable – that created some humour in the company.

People who didn’t know where Hewlett Road was would say ‘ I know the one with the men painting the wall.’ And it was there for 20 years and never vandalised.

Unfortunately, that house has now been demolished. But street art, graffiti, and stencil art, is as alive as ever.

Having said that, Reg’s painting was done freehand, without the use of any stencils, and was a pretty risky business, as you can see from the precarious looking plank of wood on some scaffolding.

We didn’t use stencils at all in those days. I was asked to do the painting by the boss Ted Bardwell. I’d done the scenery for a local amateur dramatic society that his eldest son was a member of, and Ted Bardwell was impressed and asked me to do the sign next to his premises on Hewlett Road.

I like the ‘Banksy,’ though I think if it was really by Banksy he’d sign it. But whoever did it has plenty of talent.

When my family saw all the publicity about the picture they said I was doing it 64 years before him in the same street. I don’t know it if was my best piece but I never did anything bigger than that. I should think some older readers will probably still remember it.

Interesting shout there, Reg. ;)


Banksy Steps Up – Mobile Lovers Back Where It Belongs  Comments (0)

After weeks of uncertainty and two-and-fro speculation as to where it might end up, Banksy’s, Mobile Lovers, has officially been claimed and offered to the struggling, Broad Plain Boys Club, in Bristol. A letter to the club owner, Dennis Stinchcombe, which is signed by the man himself, left no room for doubt.

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In what can, and should be, seen as a bit of a triumph for the “little guy”, and something we felt pretty strongly about, we’re over the moon to see that Banksy gives his “blessing” for the club to take ownership of the piece.

Naturally, Dennis, who has dedicated 39 years of his life to the club, was over the moon.

Banksy has been a saviour of this club and I think he appreciates my tenacity. Now that we know that it is genuine and everything has been done right we can now look to what we can do with it. We will now look at the various valuers and auction houses to see about the best values for the piece. It is fantastic. This thing will safeguard this club for the rest of its days.

Have a read below, and don’t forget…

You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.

Nice one, Banksy! ;)

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our Mobile Lovers limited edition T-shirts… coming soon!

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Graffiti & Street Art – Crossing Boundaries For Centuries – Daku  Comments (0)

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Writing graffiti is about the most honest way you can be an artist. It takes no money to do it, you don’t need an education to understand it and there’s no admission fee.

Guess who said that? That’s right, the man himself; Banksy.

And it’s his work and his liberal, transparent attitude that’s inspired so many over the years. From art lovers and artists alike; men, women and children; even those who have never picked up a pencil or a paint brush and yet turned them into artists themselves. Almost anyone can be, and more than likely has been, affected by Banksy’s work in some way.

Graffiti can be traced as far back as the Ancient Greek and Roman eras. Even the timeless artists of the Renaissance period; Michelangelo and Raphael, were known to have inscribed their names in the Domus Aurea during their days studying Ancient Roman decorative art.

Some might call that, “tagging”. ;)

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Fast-forward a few years (!) to present-day India and street art is just as pertinent there as it is in the UK or US.

One of the most prominent artists in South Asia goes by the name of Daku, meaning “a criminal activity involving robbery by groups of armed bandits”, and is rapidly becoming known for his political and provocative pieces; statements created especially to get the people talking.

I would not do graffiti in a metro station or a metro train as it is a symbol of progress. As graffiti is associated with vandalism, I would not want people looking at me/my work in a negative way.

His style is a direct product of his background in typography and his vision to cross boundaries by creating artwork that is accessible to all; regardless of language or social status. The more people that can read and understand the artwork, the more people will consider its meaning. Makes sense.

Daku’s work can be found all over the City of Rallies but, as with his UK counterpart, no one can actually put a face to his name.

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One of his more thought-provoking pieces was a mural of a blindfolded protester, with painted text, Blind Nation, which was his two-cents on “the various protestors who joined Anna Hazare’s movement without understanding what the Lokpal Bill is about or how the system really works”.

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Check out his first ever television interview on BBC Asia.

You can clearly see how he’s earned himself the title of, ‘India’s Banksy’. He’s not shy of a cutting comment or two either…

Once the world knows who Banksy is the GAME is OVER!!


Mobile Lovers – A Social Experiment  Comments (0)

banksy-mobile-lovers-photographJustin Glynn, a photographer from Weymouth, was inspired by Banksy’s latest overnight stencil sensation, dubbed; Mobile Lovers, after he and his wife were distracted by their respective mobile phones – during a romantic meal!

My wife and I went for dinner and when we were sat waiting for food, we didn’t talk, we sat there texting. Then I saw the Banksy street art and I thought ‘that’s us.’

Justin then got hold of two of his local mates, David Wiltshire and Rhona Coombs, in an effort to recreate the now world famous piece.

When Justin asked if we could take part I thought ‘why not?’. Rhona and I met via Tinder and we’ve been together since December. It’s funny because Justin is one of those people that without the likes of Facebook, I probably wouldn’t be in touch with any more.

I suppose it is ironic Rhona and I met on social media. We quite often comment when we see couples who are on their phones like that. But then if it wasn’t for our phones, we wouldn’t have met.

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Justin went on to say…

I have become more aware and more conscious of what I’m doing. Being self-employed, social media are really important tools for me – I’m always on my phone. But now when I’m out with my wife I give her my full attention.


Meat Truck Unveiled On The Banksy Website – Sirens Of The Lambs  Comments (0)

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Remember this?

Arguably, one of the most harrowing images of Banksy’s Better Out Than In tour back in October last year, Sirens of the Lambs, (yeah, the one where a load of stuffed animals were screaming for help as they were being carted off to the slaughterhouse in NYC), has reappeared as a newly unveiled piece on the Banksy website.

Meat Truck, as it is also known, is a pretty dark dig at the meat industry as a whole and looks like it might be a hot topic for future Banksy artwork.

Who knows… it might appear in a town near you very soon! Keep your eyes peeled.

If you missed the video posted during our daily update of his month-long residency, then check it out below.

You’ll see what we mean by, “harrowing”.

Don’t forget though; a man named Brian Conley once said, … “It’s a puppet!”


Mobile Lovers – Banksy’s Is The Only Vote That Counts  Comments (0)

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Ever since the now world-famous ‘mobile lovers’ mural appeared on a wall near the Broad Plain Boys’ Club in Bristol, ownership of the piece (given that it could have fetched around £1 million – when the club only needed £100k to survive) has been a red hot subject on the graffiti scene. And that’s us playing it down.

The Bristol Post conducted a 24-hour online poll into the matter which, interestingly, resulted in an almost straight-down-the-middle split with one half of the 5000-strong voters pledging their allegiance to the struggling Boys’ club and stating that it should be returned to them, with the other lot saying it should be kept in the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Usually, we’re pretty firm on our views of any old “Joe Bloggs” taking a pneumatic to a Banksy piece just to fill his own pockets, but in this case, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a gift to the youth club from Banksy himself in attempt to save it from closure.

It’s a difficult one and we really can see both sides of the argument.

But, in true political fashion, the mayor of Bristol stuck his oar in, saying the mural was left on the wall of a council building and is therefore council property.

Leave off, you square!

Anyway, Dennis has stood his ground. And rightly so, we think!

I have spoken to a lot of people about this and all of them were saying, at the end of the day, as much as it would be nice to keep it for the city, it is about doing the most good for Bristol. And the best it can do is to help keep youth projects like us open.

It is an awful pity that we are in this Catch-22 situation. If Banksy just turned around and said it was for the museum I wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. He is the only one who could settle it. Unless a significant poll of people in Bristol could decide.

It has given us incredible publicity for our appeal and over 10,000 people saw it on the first weekend in the museum. Banksy has also had a lot of press so it has been good for everyone.

On the other hand, Mayor Ferguson seems to be on a bit of a charm offensive.

“WHAT!? A POLITICIAN ON A CHARM OFFENSIVE!? SURELY NOT!”, we hear you cry. ;)

As mayor I am not the slightest bit possessive about Mobile Lovers but am sure that we did the right thing by putting it on view. One way or another it should stay in Bristol, and it would be good if it could continue to benefit the boys’ club.

Street art really belongs on the street although, ironically, Banksy’s global notoriety makes this difficult.

Banksy’s team has been contacted by the Bristol Post but they are yet to receive a response…

And so, it looks like Banksy’s vote may now be the only one that counts.