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    Sunday, October 15, 2006

    Banksy: Wall & Piece

    I was passing by Barnes & Noble when i saw a book from one of my absolute heros: Banksy. I thought it was too good to be true, how could he sell out? Truth its he didn't but it is his book. Banksy is artistic genius, political activist, painter, decorater, mystic legend, and the world's most notorious graffiti artist. His identity is completely unkown yet he is adored by thousands around the world for sticking it to the man. While he has a self-proclaimed cynical loathing for society, he is a champion of the people. Bansky is a hero to many for being unafraid to speak his mind in an extremely creative way that often uses his medium in uncanny connections and symbolism. From painting animals in zoos to the segregation wall built through Palestine to statues in London, Banksy has left his mark in thought provoking ways. His never-ending creativity always seems to top his latest escape such as the time when he managed to smuggle his works in 3 of the worlds most famous art museums and have them remain for days at a time. One of my personal favorites from the book are his fake crows that have pirated all the big brother cameras around london hoisting the jolly roger. His paintings which now command quite a bit of money(Brangelina bought some at his most recent show in LA) are loved throughout Britain to the point that city councils have voted to keep them out of popularity with the general public. Banksy takes on the subjects most keep silent and he does so in a loud and arresting manner that makes one think twice. Who else would put a blow up Guantanamo doll in Disneyland, in the middle of the park, in broad daylight? Banksy believes any public wall is the best spot for an artists work so it can be enjoyed by all. He says "some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place but some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place."

    Banksy isnt just trying to make the world a better looking place. He remains active in his work, ever-provacative such as his Paris Hilton stunt and yet ever relevant and omni-present, all while his identity continues to remain a mystery. The book is amazing and I recommend everyone who loves art and inventive communication pick it up. He takes mundane to insane and inventive. His aciduous style and manner of blunt communication position Banksy as on one of the greatest artists of our time.

    "If you are dirty, insignificant and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model."
    - BANKSY

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