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80+ Beautiful Street Crimes done by BANKSY

Asked about his technique, Banksy said: “I use whatever it takes. Sometimes that just means drawing a moustache on a girl’s face on some billboard, sometimes that means sweating for days over an intricate drawing. Efficiency is the key.”

Oh, wait! Maybe we should start by explaining who the heck is Banksy first of all?

Who is Banksy?

Banksy is a quasi-anonymous English graffiti artist. According to Tristan Manco, Banksy “was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s.” His artworks are often satirical pieces of art on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics.

He’s gone from a teenage tagger to a well-known artist making multi-million dollar art. His style and message have, ironically, been wholeheartedly embraced by the very type of people he mocks.

Can I buy one?

According to Wikipedia, Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti (why should anyone be interested in buying PHOTOS of graffiti in the first place?). Art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.

Technique

He mentions in his book, ‘Wall and Piece‘, that as he was starting to do graffiti that he was always too slow and was either caught or could never finish the art in the one sitting. So he devised a series of intricate stencils to minimise time and overlapping of the colour.

Enough of the theory, I’m sure most of you know more about him and will share it in the comment section. Happy scrolling!

(Sources:  banksy.co.uk | Wikipedia | www.briansewell.com | boredpanda| weburbanist.com |timesonline.co.uk)

Washing

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“Ignorance can be costly in the Banksy exploitation business. It was reported that “bungling workmen painted over a mural by famed street artist Banksy worth £100,000″. Last week, 60-year-old Sam Khan, purveyor of luggage and football scarves to the denizens of Tottenham Court Road, London, was inconsolable after flogging a Banksy that had been painted on his stall for £1,000 and discovering that it could be worth £500,000. Poor love.” (guardian.co.uk)

Stream Roller Warden

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Banksy’s real name is not, as is commonly believed and has been widely reported, Robert or Robin Banks. In July 2008, it was claimed by The Mail on Sunday that Banksy’s real name is Robin Gunningham

Maid in London

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Worthless

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Virtual Play, Los Angeles

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Guantanamo

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Secured

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Cowboy Kid

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Girl Sliding, London, UK

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You Looked Better on Myspace, Los Angeles, USA

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Not sure whether it’s Banksy or not, anybody?

Zorro

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Snorting Copper

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After following a white paint trail around the streets of shoreditch it ends up at this stencil.

No Ball Games

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Barcode Escape

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Peaches

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Banksy’s New Orleans Tour

Banksy’s recent journey to America included a trip to New Orleans to decorate some of the buildings affected by Hurricane Katrina. On his website, Banksy talks about his first impressions of Nola: “I looked out the window of the taxi on the drive into New Orleans and remarked – “There’s still so much devastation – I can’t believe they haven’t cleaned this mess up.” To which the driver stared at me and said “This part of wasn’t affected by the hurricane – it’s always looked like this.”

Girl With Umbrella

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Boy and Umbrella

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No Loitering

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Abraham Lincoln

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Rat and a Girl

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Banksy Fridge Kite

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It WAS on St. Claude Avenue. Currently it looks like this: view

Simpsons

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Boy on a Lifebuoy

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Someone ruined it, view here.

Looters

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Someone damaged it by sticking a big Obama’s face on it, view here.

Banksy in Palestine

“How illegal is it to vandalize a wall”, asks Banksy in his website introduction to his Wall project, if the wall itself has been deemed unlawful by the International Court of Justice? The Israeli government is building a wall surrounding the occupied Palestinian territories. It stands three times the height of the Berlin wall and will eventually run for over 700km – the distance from London to Zurich.

The “guerrilla artist” Banksy has helped to transform the security barrier that surrounds the town with more than a dozen satirical images painted, plastered and sprayed on to the 8m-high (26ft) concrete. The work winds a trail to the heart of the city at Manger Square, where more than a dozen pieces are housed directly across from the Church of the Nativity. More info on the Wall project, here. Wach video here.

Girl and a Soldier

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Located on the side of a building in Bethlehem, Occupied West Bank. The piece is located on one of the main roads, leading out towards the Bethlehem checkpoint to Jerusalem. It is drawn on the side of a building, not on the Wall itself, largely for security reasons. The soldiers do not take kindly to professional entities spending a lot of time at one place on the Wall. Such people are generally arrested for terrorist activity and accused of trying to destroy, blow up, or weaken the structure.

Tank

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Cut Out

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Dove

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“This wall marks the spot where over 40 people were killed during the first Intafada (the little holes along the top are from bullets).

While Banksy was painting it a lot of people came over, some to shake his hand and others telling him to go away. Eventually the local MP was called out to diffuse the eighty-strong crowd that had built up (by which time Banksy had left and the piece was completed by the local kids). ” – eddiedangerous

Chairs

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Rage

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Girl with Balloons

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Horse

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Gap in the Wall

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Snowman

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Not a common graffiti, but it’s on Banksy’s official website.

Baby Bath

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Eat the Rich

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Kissing Coppers

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Hunters

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KKK

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Kentucky Fox

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Phone Boxes, New York City, USA

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BBoy

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Take This Society

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Wider view

In February, 2008 a stencilled graffiti work appeared on Thames Water tower in the middle of the Holland Park roundabout, and it was widely attributed to Banksy. It was of a child painting the tag “Take this Society” in bright orange. London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham spokesman, Councillor Greg Smith branded the art as vandalism, and ordered its immediate removal, which was carried out by H&F council workmen within three days

Flower

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What Are You Looking at?

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One Nation Under CCTV

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The Westminster City Council stated in October 2008 that the work “One Nation Under CCTV”, painted in April 2008 will be painted over as it is graffiti. The council says it will remove any graffiti, regardless of the reputation of its creator, and specifically stated that Banksy has no more right to paint graffiti than a child. The work was painted over in April 2009.

Cashpoint Girl, London, UK

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Graffiti Area

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Rat

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Rat Mural on Canal Street, Chinatown, New York City

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Rude Boy Rat

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Blank Walls

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This one is in Melbourne, not sure if it’s really Banksy.

Toxic

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“Ah rats!! spilt the nuclear waste.”

Off the Wall

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“Rat Restaurant with red carpet.”

Cave Painting

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Rat, Liverpool, UK

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Urban Education

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Oh wait, this is not Banksy! Well, ok – lets leave it here.

Thug for Life

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Tesco

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“Hordes of photographers descended on Savemain pharmacy in Essex Road, Islington, after so-called “guerrilla artist” Banksy painted a large mural on the wall. It depicts three children pledging allegiance to a flagpole with a Tesco plastic bag flying from it.” – Islington Gazette

Girl Holding a Bomb

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Jumping Girl

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Ice Cream Bomb

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Pulp

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Rats with Signs

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These are in 2 different locations. Bored Panda’s premise is, that the stencils are drawn over the messages, that were previously left by other “street criminals”.

Banksy Sniper & Boy, Bristol, UK

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Anti-capitalism for Sale, Los Angeles

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No Ball Games, London, UK

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The Mild Mild West, Bristol, UK

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Rat Race, New Zealand

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Mona Lisa with Bazooka

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Hidden away on a wall overlooking the Thames at Trinity Buoy Wharf London

Mona Lisa Showing Her Bum

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Just found some info on that, and it appears that this graffiti was done by Nick Walker, not Banksy.

Caveman, Los Angeles

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Man and Picture of a Dog, London, UK

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TV Thrown from a Window, London, UK

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Girl with a Baloon, London, UK

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Artist, London, UK

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Naked Man

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Naked Man image by Banksy, on the wall of a sexual health clinic in Park Street, Bristol. Following popular support, the City Council have decided it will be allowed to remain.

P.S.: if you like what you just saw you might be interested in Banksy’s best selling book Wall and Piece.

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  • dan silver is an idiot

    Great Work! Love the flower But Dan Silver is a complete idiot!

  • Props to Banksy

    Haters gonna hate. Keep doing what you do Banksy!

    Kinda mad at whoever that “Rolex” guy was that scribbled over the maid’s face in photo #3. What a jerk.

    It’s so cool how he (or they, if he has a team) can pull of creating the larger works without getting caught.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mediamatrix.co.nr Paull Stanley

    Good stuff, lots of content. I love Banksy, check out my blog on him http://www.itutorblog.com/2011/05/banksy-public-remedy-no-1/ Thank you for the article! enjoyed it!

  • http://koowie.com Koowie

     These are very cool graffiti art.  90% of graffiti is ugly graffiti but some are really art like Banksy’s.

  • Messiahontrial

    Banksy is a genius.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YTBBQFMWAIIL36RSU5CRXUVTBE AaronV

    ..sorry.. your not really BANKSY are ya..

  • Stand up

    Execellent, keep on surprising us!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Miller/743275334 Matt Miller

    I really like the ones where he makes fun of other peoples shittier graffiti, like the artist with the penis.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like you need a brain and to learn respect for the property of others.  James Smith didn’t propose letting killers and rapists go free to incarcerate vandals.  That’s your stupid idea.  I agree with Smith.  If I catch anyone painting my walls without my permission I’ll beat them to death with their own intestines.

  • Lex Diamonds

    does anyone know where the “life is beautiful” piece located

  • skanby

    please can you post a link to your art. thanks. banksy

  • ~autonomy~

    does anybody know where james smith’s walls are?!! i drew up some scribblings for his poor, lonely, naked walls, i just wanna share the love of color and culture to a sad old man and his pre-historic ideals. even cave men were mentally ahead of this “james smith” they used grafitti on rocks to show they werent afraid to express themselves and customize their environment at the same time. but thats probably a pointless arguement since mr. james smith probably believes the earth is only 5000 years anyway

  • Speighticus

    The Naked Man in Bristol has since been defaced by some horrible person :’(

  • Mia

    Banksy is amazing and that is why i am doing most of my art work based on him :) x loving the art work keep it up!! x

  • Ilovedfga

    you misspelled “balloon”

  • L. Findley

    God-speed, Bansky.  

  • Wingnutyoyo

    banksys work speaks. and i love what it says. he says what we feel. and i like that it is on walls and buildings. who said they could put those buildings and walls there anyway can only the rich express themselves in our society in our enviornment because they have the thugs to stop us from painting on their buildings. who said they could own the land in the first place. they did because they have all the money and the thugs to back them up. well f*ck them. eat the rich!

  • Felicia

    Love his work. Nuff said

  • jeff

    mate im a nobody from new zealand, and im stunned by your art you must have an amazing mind to beable to come up with some of your pieces. fuck the square you think outside the cube your the man bro keep it up.

  • http://winmain.vn/en/ maintenance software

    i like the last one too much :)) so funny

  • Gary Dereck

    My nephew had a job removing grafitti in Newtown Sydney. Guess whose work he cleaned off!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexine.martin Alexine Martin

    Hi , we have some wall art/ graffiti in Glastonbury on a wall opposite St.Johns church. How would you know who`s it is?

  • Jchuvalo

    Welcome to Toronto, Caledon ANYTIME…would love to wake up and see that you had been here…like waking to knowing the tooth fairy made an appearance….never seen, only proof!!! 

  • Karensinclairdeeks

    An intelligent artist making a real point…not pretending a horse is a unicorn, like some others…..I adore his work and so do all my friends and family, many a night going through my book and talking the significance of each work…we call him the stealth night fox

  • Karensinclairdeeks

    Doubt you will post this but i wrote it last year 

    Banksy…..Live Art…….Your silent maid brushes all under the walled rugPolitical hush hushAs our boys in blue chase white lines Along the streetAround your signature redDead phone boxYou are the stealth night foxArmed with the obligatory brushYou spray your individualistic scentHellbent to widen the closed eyes of acceptanceYou ridicule the prosperousAnd quite rightly so!You champion the underdogThe tiny frame which drags the weighty smugand heavily arm the arrogant bugYour name is daubed across many a brickHardlinerRedefiner of all that is unjustA robin hood, to detest the sheriffs stale muskYou are the championOf many a soulAn enigma of thoughtsTo the political tollA living breathing artist of mindWho fights for the cause of decent mankind

    tyvm…karen

  • Enaldro

    magnifica creatividad of  graffiti art.Enaldro

  • mimi

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    thanks for sharing <3

  • Connie

    We might have a “Banksy” in Old Town (near 1060 N. Main Street) in Cottonwood, Arizona

  • dani

    If street art was legal then there wouldnt be as much value in the great pieces that are created by street artist such as banksy. Just think about it

  • acab

    when i saw what he have done over robbos first graffti in london i was a kind of obsessed.
    but the only thig i actually want to say is. awesome! they are a bunch of fags and your just one guy and you really proof them who is chief in this adittute!

    So bigup from zurich.
    If you ever will come over do one against the govnerment!
    god bless

  • llewdebkram

    Some great art, and it is ‘art’, it’s no more vandalism than all those banal talk talk, McDonalds and other ‘paid for’ advertising poster we are forced to stare at every day on every billboard and bus stop. If youre willing to accept them without question but are not prepared to have an open mind to real street ‘art’ it’s because youve been conditioned by those that want you to behave and think exactly how they do.

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