Ahh, call it graffiti, guerilla art, however you spell it, most folks have very definitive views on it. Some people love and appreciate graffiti as art, others hate and view it as a form of vandalism. I definitely fall into the first category. Now, don’t get me wrong this doesn’t mean that I’m all for the defacing of property and the ubiquitous tag scribbled furiously in an attempt to elude getting caught. No, I’m talking about the type of graffiti that has something to say, that is essentially art. (on a building)
Growing up in NYC, I have seen my share of graffiti and the culture inspired from it. One artist who is internationally known for his combination of stenciling and anti-war/anti-establishment subject matter is Banksy. As with any real graffiti artist, his identity is under-wraps as well as it can be. Some people think that Banksy is a collective under one name, others believe that he is just one man on a quest, all these theories are part of the mystery surrounding the art. There is an awesome Flickr group dedicated to Banksy that has lot of images for you to peruse.
Here is a great video of Banksy attempting to place some guerilla art within museums.
♥ the alchemist
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