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September 25, 2003

Meet Banksy

So my good friend Kevin turned me on to Banksy, a London-based... street artist? Media Jammer? Freelance provocateur? Meme-terrorist? Whatever, check out his stuff... site navigation consists mainly of clicking on the images that come up. My favorite image is this one (or maybe this one), but the "camp" entry (click on the word camp) makes you fear you're going be horribly offended--only to be brought almost to tears by a completely unexpected narrative that serves as Banksy's manifesto.

The bottom line: the best, most provocative art/commercial imagery is happening on the street. Banksy calls is "brandalism" and that's exactly where we are headed.

Posted by jay at September 25, 2003 12:55 PM | TrackBack
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Very cool. It's the first online gallery I've really enjoyed -- and I guess the only real place to get his entire oeuvre into one place! I liked this one the best.

Posted by: david on September 25, 2003 02:09 PM

Oh, and I love this story about painting outside a police station. You gotta love the British police. "I'm making a documentary about street culture and I'd like you to be in it" is so much classier than "Stop! Or I'll shoot" from a Detroit cop. If you even get the conditional offer at all, that is.

Posted by: david on September 25, 2003 02:47 PM
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