Decoding Banksy

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Blog around the graffiti artist, Banksy, his art and his identity.

The street artist Banksy has been making headlines with his guerilla art works. His latest piece which he called “Slave Labour” depicts a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting. This piece is currently on display at the Cans Festival in Bristol and has already drawn thousands of visitors. The location of Banksy’s work is kept a closely guarded secret, although there have been many attempts to locate the pieces.

The blog aims to decode Banksy’s work, his graffiti and offer a window into the art world surrounding him by offering information on where his pieces are located and what they mean. The blog also offers up articles concerning other street artists who are working in a similar vein to Banksy and even some original pieces of art created by Banksy himself.

The site is run by Jai Brooks, who has worked in the British art industry for several years. He recently resigned from his position as a project manager in order to pursue his interest in Banksy’s work full time. Although he does not have any direct contact with Banksy, he claims to have connections within the street art scene that allow him to keep abreast of new works as well as rumours about upcoming pieces.*

Banksy, is one of the most famous and notorious street artists in the world. His real identity is a secret. He’s managed to remain anonymous despite having his work on display all over the world, from London to Los Angeles, New York and Berlin.

The artist (or artists) was born in Bristol, England in 1974. He began as a freehand graffiti artist in the 1990s, but soon became involved in the stencil graffiti movement that gained popularity in London at that time. Banksy has never revealed his face publicly or given any interviews or statements.

The name “Banksy” comes from his early days as a freehand artist. It was a nickname he got from fellow artists because he used to spray his designs using only stencils and never got caught by the police. During this period Banksy started hanging around with other well-known graffiti artists like Blek le Rat, who inspired him to start creating more complex stencils.

His first public art was done under the pseudonym “Miguel Handless”, a protest against the National Health Service’s policy of disallowing patients with injuries to their hands or arms from receiving transplants. During this period he met Jamie Hewlett, who he would later collaborate with on

Banksy is an English graffiti artist, political activist and film director from Bristol who has become one of the world’s most prominent street artists. His satirical street graffiti with subversive themes have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world.

He anonymously founded the online outlet Barely Legal, which he described as “the web magazine with no website”. In 2007, he was arrested for his graffiti on lorries around London, and charged with vandalism. The case held in a UK court made international headlines.

In 2008, Banksy was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize, along with Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen.

Banksy’s website is a cornucopia of street art, political graffiti and various other forms of urban art. His work is clear, clever and funny, but it’s also thought-provoking and often provocative. Banksy began as a freehand artist who used stencils for his more elaborate pieces. He was first drawn to public walls as a way to be seen by the most people with the least effort.

Instead of expensive advertising, Banksy decided to let his art speak for itself. He has strategically placed his works in public places where they are sure to be discovered (or conversely, in places where everyone knows his art but few would have noticed if he hadn’t existed).

Note that Banksy’s own site is not an official one. Far from it – he has never allowed anyone else to represent him or act on his behalf. So if you have something to say about Banksy or his work and want others to hear it, please feel free to contact us and we can get your message out there.

Banksy describes his own work as “a mixture of poison and pop art,” and the slogan on his website, “Above ground, it’s a beautiful day,” is even more telling. He’s not just telling us that he paints in the face of the enemy; he’s telling us that he paints to make us aware of the beauty in our surroundings.

The street artist Banksy has become an urban legend, but with no one knowing who he is or where he comes from, can we really call him an urban legend? It seems that his use of stencils, allowing him to remain anonymous, has only made him more popular. Yet this anonymity only serves to strengthen public interest in Banksy. Also serving to strengthen interest in Banksy are his mysterious motivations for painting on walls and other public places. He explains this motivation as “making graffiti legal,” as well as giving voice to those who don’t have one.

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