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#2
I think his surname is Banks, so Banksy as a nickname.

Edit: I understand the question a bit better after reading it. I have no idea.
#4
How does he not get caught? His works are too good for him to have not been seen the entire time he was putting them up.

EDIT: I'm thinking of someone else. The guy who did all the stuff to the New York Subways.
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#6
He referred to himself as Banksy in interviews. It is a pseudonym he gave himself.
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Who knows, the man is an enigma. He's awesome... But a complete and total enigma.


He was just actually the main focus of a documentary titled Exit Through the Gift Shop, which sheds a lot of light on his reasons for art, personality, etc. I really enjoyed the film.
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How does he not get caught? His works are too good for him to have not been seen the entire time he was putting them up.

EDIT: I'm thinking of someone else. The guy who did all the stuff to the New York Subways.


It's called risk. Any serious graffiti arist has had to run from the cops on countless occasions, much get less arrested.
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How did Banksy get the name Banksy? It's not like he goes around painting "olol Banksy wuz 'ere" everywhere. So who named him and does anyone know what it means?


Well, he does.

http://www.banksy.co.uk/
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#12
Oh also. He signs some of his work.
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He was just actually the main focus of a documentary titled Exit Through the Gift Shop, which sheds a lot of light on his reasons for art, personality, etc. I really enjoyed the film.


It was a good film but damn it the French guy was a nutter...

And Banksy gave himself the name.

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It's called risk. Any serious graffiti arist has had to run from the cops on countless occasions, much get less arrested.


Funnily enough, the only time I ever got caught, the police buggered off and let me finish.
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HE'S BEEN INTERVIEWED?!?!


Yes. Although its hard to prove it was actually him since he is normally only interviewed over the phone etc..
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#16
He writes Banksy underneath his work

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HE'S BEEN INTERVIEWED?!?!

yes. He's not completely anonymous. It's not like his mates don't know who it is and people are likely to discuss who did the giant picture on the side of that building.

The people who know who he is are apparently sworn to secrecy. The gallery display he was doing was kept secret from the people who were funding it. They thought essential repairs were being done.
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Show me one instance of this.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PDfzw0UUYg
around 1:40
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Show me one instance of this.


He totally does, I have his book upstairs. Just google it mate.

It's like in bold print stencil letters.

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Show me one instance of this.


Here's one:

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Show me one instance of this.




EDIT: Ahh! Didn't realise it was all one big picture! The second one though...
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TROLOLO

But what exactly is his book? Does it have any writing by him?


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TROLOLO

But what exactly is his book? Does it have any writing by him?


It's just pictures. There is a few words, the quote on the back is funny.


"there is no way you're getting a quote form me for your book cover- police chief constable

Or something along those lines

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It's just pictures. There is a few words, the quote on the back is funny.


"there is no way you're getting a quote form me for your book cover- police chief constable

Or something along those lines


"There is no way you are getting a quote from us for the cover of your book."
- The Metropolitan police

... is the exact quote.
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It's just pictures. There is a few words, the quote on the back is funny.


"there is no way you're getting a quote form me for your book cover- police chief constable

Or something along those lines

So, he basically says that selling art is wrong.....and he makes a book? A book that requires money to buy?
#29
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Your from his home town you probably know him

The thing is, lots of people actually do know him here.

He's just another one of the graffiti artists who operated in Easton in the 90s. 'cept whilst the rest still live in Easton, he's gone a bit further.

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So, he basically says that selling art is wrong.....and he makes a book? A book that requires money to buy?

The book was actually made by Banksy (not the first, by the way), just like the site's actually 'run' by him.
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#30
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"There is no way you are getting a quote from us for the cover of your book."
- The Metropolitan police

... is the exact quote.


Ace, cheers.

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#31
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So, he basically says that selling art is wrong.....and he makes a book? A book that requires money to buy?


That is selling a book full of pictures of the art, not the art itself.

Selling pieces of street art defeats the point entirely if you ask me. Banksy feels the same no doubt.
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#33
How could I have forgotten the banksy stencil at the bottom of the pieces? I even have one of his books upstairs.
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That is selling a book full of pictures of the art, not the art itself.

Selling pieces of street art defeats the point entirely if you ask me. Banksy feels the same no doubt.

I believe the argument is that the book itself is art.
#35
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So, he basically says that selling art is wrong.....and he makes a book? A book that requires money to buy?

He said selling art is wrong?

But he's always selling art. Where'd you get that from?
#36
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Yeah, and CDs are only copies of the music.


I think Banksy is against people selling individual art for huge sums of money, such as paintings/sculptures being sold by artists for a LOT of money.

A book though, is cheap and affordable, thus acceptable.
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#37
Uhhh...Banksy did a piece that involved ripping a London telephone booth out of the ground, cutting into two pieces, welding it back together at an angle, installing a pick axe on the window with blood around it, and placing it in a random alley. Then he proceeded to sell it at an auction for 500 grand, or maybe it was 550.
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Uhhh...Banksy did a piece that involved ripping a London telephone booth out of the ground, cutting into two pieces, welding it back together at an angle, installing a pick axe on the window with blood around it, and placing it in a random alley. Then he proceeded to sell it at an auction for 500 grand, or maybe it was 550.


Two things you got wrong there... It wasn't ripped out, it was a scrapped one that he bought and modified.
And it wasn't him that sold it. As far as I know, Banksy has never sold any of his street art pieces. The people who own the buildings they are painted on or the land they are placed on have however.
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And btw, he does sell his art but gives the money to charity (apparently )


He does sell some paintings I think but definately not the street art. All of that thats been sold has been without his consent.

Even if he does sell paintings you can't exactly accuse him of being in it for the money...

From his website:

"Banksy does not produce greeting cards or print photo-canvases or paint commissions or sell freshly baked bagels. Please take anything from this site and make your own (non-commercial use only thanks)."
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