Saturday, November 22, 2008

messages from banksy

mood: respectful
"people who get up early in the morning cause war, death and famine"

"sometimes i feel so sick at the state of the world i can't even finish my second apple pie"

the greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules.
it's people who follow orders who drop bombs and massacre villages.
as a precaution to ever committing major acts of evil it is our solemn duty never to do what we're told. this is the only way we can be sure

"it takes a lot of guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in - like peace and justice and freedom"

"we can't do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles; in the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves"

"people who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one"

"a lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to"

banksy is a british graffiti artist. he has reached international fame notably for stunts like:
  • hanging a picture he painted (depicting mona lisa with a yellow smiley face) in the louvre
  • or painting images on the israeli west bank wall showing, for instance, a girl being blown away by holding on to flying balloons
  • or spraying "this is not a photo opportunity" on certain well-known photograph spots around the world
  • or painting official looking signs on white walls reading "this wall is a designated graffiti area" and documenting the progress of tags and graffitis being created there by other street artists.
hollywood celebrities have purchased his art and one piece was auctioned for over half a million usd in 2007. he responded to a sotheby’s sale of his work by posting a painting on his website featuring people bidding for a picture, with the caption "i can't believe you morons actually buy this shit."

his view of life is anti-authoritarian, anti-war, anti-consumerist and anti-establishment, using very strong imagery for his pictures. his messages are often ironic, cynical, very to the point and critical comments on the current zeitgeist.

his true identity is unknown...

sources: webpage, wikipedia, wall and piece.