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Sunday, April 5, 2009
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“When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.Then I realized God doesn’t work that way, so I stole oneand prayed for forgiveness.”
- Emo Phillips
THE ABOVE QUOTE BY COMEDIAN EMO PHILLIPS IS THE MANTRA FOR underground grafitti artist Banksy. You gotta love it. Banksy, who lives in the UK, is the most famous graffiti artist in the world. While most artists, musicians, and politicians seek to be recognized, no one to date is even sure they have ever really seen Banksy’s face. He works in the dead of night and his work appears in the most unlikely of places. Because he has to work fast and by stealth, Banksy turned to stencils some years ago to speed up his work.Banksy and others like him have been changing the urban landscape with sometimes funny, sometimes strange and often very powerful statements about politics, housing, social conditions, politicians, the Royal family, war, the environment and many other things. That he has never been caught or identified only adds to his legend. Banksy does produce paintings and drawings as well as his wall art— and he has had art exhibits all over the world. His work can sell in the hundred’s of thousands of dollars.Banksy has a Web site, where I found these images. Just go here, to www.banksy.com.If you would like to read about one of Banksy’s most recent audacious hits (it’s awesome!) then click here.