Oh no, there has been a story circulating that Banksy was arrested and his identity had been made public! It has outraged many people, but luckily it is only a hoax. Banksy is one of the few artist today that have been able to allude authorities and the general public on his actual identity, which is impressive seeing as how he has produced his street art on a global scale, directed a documentary about himself, is a political activist and a painter who has exhibited works in the US and UK… and people still only know him by his pseudonym. The story was “broken” by a satirical news site The National Report and it made us reflect on the importance of his work and what it means to society, and how everything involving him seems to create some sort of whirlwind in the media.
This is the man they said was arrested. As the story went: “Paul Horner” was caught by London’s Metropolitan Police’s “24 hour anti-graffiti task force” The National Report claimed that the task force had been monitoring different groups they believed Banksy to be frequenting and late last night a group of individuals left a flat suspected to be one of Banksy’s art studios. Once vandalism started to occur all 5 individuals were arrested… This story infuriated many English citizens that this is how their tax money is being spent.
From Banksy’s PR agent Jo Brooks about the issue:
His works are known to be politically charged and has no problems with questioning authority… even if it means getting his hands messy. These are his personal thoughts on the matter:
“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
F*ck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”
He fights for people’s rights to challenge convention and think for themselves with his dark sense of humor and creative ways to reach the public… He makes the world a bit more beautiful and has been wildly successful and loved by nearly everyone who has seen his work for it. Let’s hope he will continue to create art for a long time to come, the world needs more of Banksy and people like him.