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You Are Not Banksy by Nick Stern (Part II)

Just last month, we shared Banksy’s Artwork Recreated in Real Life by Nick Stern and yesterday Nick sent us 11 new pictures from his “You are not Banksy” series. He was kind enough to answer a few questions about his inspiration and process.

How did you come up with the idea?

The idea to recreate Banksy’s iconic images came about in summer 2011 during the Riots that we breaking out in London (my home town).

I was shooting a actor friends and we wanted a ‘dark’ ‘moody’ feel to the images so we dressed him in a hoodie. I thought it would be an interesting project to recreate a riot scene with people thrower flowers instead of petrol bombs and bricks. That idea developed into the recreations.

How did you feel when your photos went viral? What has changed in your life?

I was amazed and flattered! So many people loved the idea. What has changed in my life. Not much except that it has confirmed I should be shooting more creative material. So that’s the plan!

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Naked Man

How long does it take to recreate one scene?

To actually shoot them each image takes about 2 -3 hours. But I spend weeks getting everything ready before hand.

Child Soldier

I have an obsession with detail so the most time consuming part is sourcing the costumes and props to ensure the images match as close to Banksy’s images as possible. Where things aren’t available I make them. The Machine gun the small boy is holding should be a Vietnam era M60 gun. I couldn’t get hold of one (for a reasonable price) so I modified a different replica gun, using garden sprinkler tube for the barrels and all kinds of electrical and plumbing fittings. Along with 60 Crayola Crayons!

Pulp Fiction

How did people react to your idea?

I’m amazed how many people love it. Some people have bought a great number of prints, I’ve also sent some prints free to people who love it but can’t afford to buy them. I’ve had a lot of support from Central and South America. The French seem to hate me. Haha! What do the French know about art ;-)

Snorting Copper

Have you talked to Banksy about your project?

I’ve had no feedback from Banksy. I would love to do a book combining his street art and my images. I’ve already had some interest and looking for a publisher.


Mother And Son





Girl And A Soldier

Images ©Nick Stern | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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  • Will

    i think most of these are a waste of time and miss the point.. eg. the boy sewing the bunting is a child labourer surely, not a fresh faced western kid… yawn

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  • Gary van der Steur via Facebook

    Still puerile.

  • Annette Picard via Facebook

    Comme d’habitude, genial !

  • Emerson Jane Browne

    A lot of these are fun, especially the first one.  But on some of the others, the artist completely missed the point that Bansky was making.  Specifically that the boy sewing is a child laborer and that the cop is snorting the white line that runs along the pavement up to Bansky’s image.

  • Aaron

    I do think several of these are good and come as close as possible to Banksy’s original work, but for someone who claims attention to detail he missed Mona Lisa’s smile, the anarchist’s eyes looking up, the caveman with a caveman face, etc. The girl with the bomb and the little heart added made it almost cheesy or cutesy. I appreciate reinterpretation but these works didn’t bring anything new or interesting to the table. Next, I’ll go watch Rain Man in 3D.

  • Ariel Caudis

    even the same concept, banksy street art goes further

  • Jonathan

    Why of why ? You take a great piece of art. and you copy it. It of course looses most of its power. it’s misinterpreted halve the time. why ? it almost ridicules his work. ..

  • Shan Dee

    I agree. Make your own original art. This is just jacking off

  • Christopher Dez

    Chinese Travolta ! XD

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