Banksy vrs King Robbo


Banksy has painted a mural over a rival’s work, which had been left untouched for more than 25 years, this has provoked an online assault against one of the country’s most popular artists.Scathing remarks were posted on internet forums about Banksy’s image of a workman pasting over a wall of graffiti in Camden, North London. The painting covered up the work of Robbo, a renowned street artist who pioneered the capital’s graffiti tagging scene in the 1980s.


It appears that Robbo returned to the site over Christmas to paint “King Robbo” in giant letters over Banksy’s work. It appears as though Banksy’s character is painting the phrase, thus paying homage to Robbo.


Personally I dont think it’s the done think to paint over another writers work unless of cause you are the local council but that is accepted. I dont think this will do either artist any harm, the core “real” graffiti heads will think it’s sacrilege and the people that buy Banksy will be rubbing their hands has he gets more publicity and the price of his works go up yet again, but whats your view, right, wrong a nice update of an old work, there’s still photo’s of the original King Robbo piece. We’d be happy to post up comments from Banksy or King Robbo.

Taken from the Sturban Clothing Blog (with permission)

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The Banksy Backlash

It’s weird world we live in
Borrowed from entertainment.timesonline.co.uk

Banksy graffiti art, daubed in paint

When he first began redecorating walls and buildings in his native city of Bristol in the early 1990s, the graffiti artist known as Banksy was frequently accused of vandalising private property.


A decade and a half later, having won fame and a considerable fortune, he faces a different charge.


The graffiti artist – who fiercely defends his anonymity – now stands accused of causing gentrification. His street art is being held responsible for proposed regeneration projects; his aerosol paintings are blamed for raising house prices in formerly deprived neighbourhoods.


These charges were laid against Banksy this week by a shadowy group calling themselves Appropriate Media.

New Nick Walker graffiti

well once it was all about Banksy but now we are seeing other Bristol graffiti artists breaking through. This piece was thought to be by Banksy at first and at first look I thought it was a Banksy piece but was wrong as it Nick Walker.
Nick Walker news.bbc.co.uk
Mural by artist Nick Walker

A new mural by artist Nick Walker has appeared on the outside wall of the Highbury Vaults pub in Bristol.


The tagged stencilled work shows Rapunzel with her hair let down like a rope to allow a hooded youth to climb up to her window.


In the youth’s hand is a can of spray paint which he has used to write a heart-shaped V to spell “vandalism”.

Banksy Unmasked again

I’m not sure if anybody really cares who Banksy is it makes no real difference to his work anymore and I’m sure they aint going to arrest and lock him up for vandalism .. or might they?
Original Post www.timesonline.co.uk


Last night the future of the notoriously secretive spray painter and the multimillion-pound industry he has created were in doubt after a newspaper claimed to have unmasked him. Banksy, it suggested, is the pseudonym of Robin Gunningham, 34, a former public schoolboy from Bristol.


The artist’s representatives refused to confirm or deny the report, which was based on interviews with dozens of friends, former colleagues, flatmates, enemies and family members over the course of a year.

Banksy latest piece

What do you want us to say it UK Graffiti Stencil artist Banksy doing what he does best
Original Postwww.dailymail.co.uk
Banksy


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.

Blek Le Rat exhibition in LA

Gotta be online somewhere for those of us that cant just wizz off to LA Blek Le Rat is a graffiti legend I think at some point even Banksy said that he’s never managed to do anything that Blek le Rat had not done before him
Original Post theopine.com

Blek le Rat “Art is Not Peace, But War”

“A pioneer of graffiti writers in Europe, Blek le Rat was one of the first people to use stencils to make public art on the street using icons instead of writing his name. His method of creating street art changed the face of graffiti and still continues to greatly influence artists around the world. Most recently, he pasted hundreds of posters around Paris of Florence Aubenas, a French journalist who was kidnapped in Iraq, hoping to provoke a reaction from politicians and journalists and aid in her release. This project gained Blek incredible public support, and has encouraged him to continue to use his Street Art as a voice for the less fortunate.”

If you are in L.A. during April 5th-May 2nd, go see this. More information about the exhibit and Blek le Rat’s impact on Street Art, can be found at�Subliminal Projects Gallery.