View Full Version : 80+ Beautiful Street Crimes done by BANKSY

03-19-2010, 12:18 PM
Nicely shot works of Banksy. This site has more on him if you not aware of who he is, he is probably the most famous and secretive Graffiti Artist in the world today (He is very secretive and has kept his identity a secret even now ). His Graffiti is very Socially relevant and very powerful. Wonderful compilation of photos of his work by BoredPanda.

80+ Beautiful Street Crimes done by BANKSY (http://www.boredpanda.com/80-beautiful-street-crimes-done-by-banksy/)

03-19-2010, 12:35 PM
On a personal note I despise graffiti and I get good and bothered when artist/vandals make a name for themselves illegally defacing property that they do not own. It's a subculture that I just don't agree with.

That said...Wow this person is very very talented.
he/she should stop this illegal immature behaviour and just paint on canvas.

03-19-2010, 01:12 PM
well I agree with you Marko on the whole graffiti thing, I to think Banksy is talented, and I like his\her art. I don't know if it would have the same edge if the medium was different?

That said I would not be happy if it was on my property however good it was.

03-19-2010, 05:32 PM
He does do gallery work:

The highest auction price of 2009 was $230,500 achieved in May at Sotheby’s, New York, for the 2006 painting “Sale Ends Today.” In February last year, Banksy’s 2007 canvas “Keep it Spotless” sold for a record $1.9 million at Sotheby’s RED charity event in New York.

I think Graffiti is legitimate form of political dissidence. To say Graffiti as political, social and beautiful works should not be allowed is the crime and not the graffiti. The internet is awful way to get your point across a lot of the times because the medium is inundated with millions of those who want to be heard and 99.9999% is either idiocy, paid political hacks who make memes to get their message out, ISP's and Governments like the the UK, Australia that are now blacklisting sites that they find politically against their messages under the original guise protecting the children and so many other ways the message can be drowned out. That does not include the many Countries that jail those who visit websites the government finds offensive usually of the offense is speaking out against the government. Take away graffiti and there is no message, their is no means to communicate with the masses. One great piece of graffiti can do what handing out a 100,000 copies of print media out could ever hope to accomplish and it is in your face, it is bold and makes the point very poignantly.

It has become so popular major media companies are now copying this form of art to sell products, we are inundated with illegal advertisements in Toronto like most other cities and the local governments refuse to enforce because they may be illegal but the mega media companies pay the the owner of the building or lot to post huge billboards, they have deep pockets so they can tie the city up in courts for years and the will of the politicians is not their because they get donations from all these corporate scumbags. So I think it is wonderful Bansky and other like him keep the conversation going, start a new one, point out the hypocrisy of the political and media elite and do many other social and political views that are ignored by the MSM ( Main Stream Media) and politicians. So I am glad there are Bansky's around.

So no lets not move it to a gallery and silence political and social dissidence and allow those who have money to have all the say on where the conversation will go. Lets not silence those who are voiceless by quietly putting them in an art gallery to shut them up, and think of isn't that quaint this artist has a political view.

I think Gang Graffiti is horrid so is hate speech, but I may disagree with you but I will defend your right to be an idiotic ignoramus as much I would with someone I agree with. Someone put graffiti on my home I would be pissed but would not change my views, some things are more important than others.

03-19-2010, 05:57 PM
I appreciate your point of view A.L.
You're dead wrong and we are a chasm apart on this one but I appreciate the view:evil2: I don't want to thread jack here and i have a lot to say - so I'll just agree to disagree and Keep the thread about the work itself; the work is fab.

Mad Aussie
03-19-2010, 06:46 PM
Fascinating work indeed.

03-19-2010, 07:11 PM
I appreciate your point of view A.L.
You're dead wrong and we are a chasm apart on this one but I appreciate the view:evil2: I don't want to thread jack here and i have a lot to say - so I'll just agree to disagree and Keep the thread about the work itself; the work is fab.

I always agree to disagree, the work is the subject and peoples views are part of it, I think we are on topic and I agree I am right :laughing: and disagree you are :laughing: :laughing::clown: , see not so hard to get along with eh lmaooooo and I am agreeing to disagree :D. I was wrong once, I had thought I had made a mistake turns out it wasn't so, lmfaoo.

03-19-2010, 08:45 PM
I love this stuff. and part of me likes graffiti- not the hate but the political commentary and artistry.

03-19-2010, 10:45 PM
Thanks for posting that excellent link. Banksy's work is great! It's interesting that he can do gallery work (in spite of, or perhaps because of) his street graffiti. Guess a man's got to eat.

03-20-2010, 02:43 AM
My favorite is the flowers one. :) Many other clever ones there as well. The problem with graffitti is tthat 99.9 per cent are neither artists nor talented, just taggers destroying property. Some of Banksy's stuff I would not mind on my building depending on where it was (the graffitti). A temporary "installment" would be cool. The problem with graffitti is it begets more graffitti and most of it is not nice. Megatunes here in town had a graffitti wall in the back for a while but the city made them paint it over a few years ago. There are a few spots left in town with some arty graffitti on it, Art Central has one for instance.