Thursday, September 4, 2008


**UPDATE: I just found this thoroughly researched in-depth eight-part guide [that] will walk you through the entire world of Banksy, from his stencil and graffiti work to prints, interviews, quotes, forums and other resources. Skim the overviews and click the links for more information. - WebUrbanist

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Banksy is a well-known pseudo-anonymous British graffiti artist. He is believed to be a native of Yate, South Gloucestershire, near Bristol and to have been born in 1974, but there is substantial public uncertainty about his identity and personal and biographical details. According to Tristan Manco, Banksy "was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier engineer, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s." His artworks are often-satirical pieces of art on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics. His street art, which combines graffiti writing with a distinctive stencilling technique, is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass who maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His art has appeared in cities around the world.

His artwork has been seen all over the world. From England to most recently Katrina stricken New Orleans, and with Gustav making Banksy move he headed towards Alabama. His work can be seen adorning the walls of celebrities homes such as Christina Aguillera, to Brad and Angelina.

Visit his official website at
Some of his artwork can be purchased through the London Soho gallery of Laz Inc.

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