I have no idea how to answer on my replies (if anyone knows, please holler) but I’d like to say to angrylittleboy “Thanks, street art is my life!" and to samcornwell I say “Banksy has no official representatives, except for Pest Control who make authentication documents when you have “found” a Banksy artwork”.
kochebicub said: Do you believe Banksy and Mr. Brainwash are the same person?
No, they are not since Mr. Brainwash is an actual person and artists. You can follow his adventures on Facebook. What is also true is that he got famous AFTER Exit Through The Gift Shop so yeah, maybe all what Banksy is saying in the movie is true afterwards?
daashman said: Favourite Banksy piece?
That changes every day, but today it’s this one:
a-ticket-to-ride said: What makes you an authority on Banksy. I'm not attacking, just questioning. I see a lot of people ask you questions about authenticity etc.
I don’t think I’m an authority on Banksy per se, although street art is my full time job (I organize art festivals and expositions and have worked with artists such as Aryz, Pixelpancho, Roa, David Walker, Daleast, etc). Besides that I have always been a big Banksy enthusiast ever since I was a teenager (which is +15 years ago) and been running this blog since 5 years or so.
raskalls said: How did banksy get popular in the first place?
Good and difficult question, it definitely grew steadily and not with a sudden hyped picture on the internet although I must add that internet definitely had a big positive impact on street art in general.
Banksy switched from regular graffiti to stencil graffiti in +/- 1997, and since then his popularity has been grown day by day. I personally believe it’s because of the right message in the right time period since his art is mainly on anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment and apparently a lot of people shared his opinion on those topics in that time.
In 2003 he did an exposition with Shepard Fairey (also a huge name in street art world) and it only attracted 1,500 visitors. Afterwards he produced a quantity of spoof British £10 notes and those were quite popular, followed with another exposition called Barely Legal (with the infamous pink painted elephant). These last two interventions got huge press coverage and were picked up by the public very well.
I hope that answers your question.
Do you think this is a Banksy?
I am sure it is not since:- Banksy rarely paints feet
New by Banksy!
NEW by Banksy in Folkestone
Nicely curated #streetart collection, follow this guy: http://instagram.com/bjornvanpoucke (not Banksy)