Asked about his technique, Banksy said: “I use whatever it takes. Sometimes that just means drawing a mustache on a girl’s face on some billboard, sometimes that means sweating for days over an intricate drawing. Efficiency is the key.” Wait, who is Banksy, you ask? Maybe we should explain first of all.

Who is Banksy?

Banksy is an anonymous British artist specializing in graffiti street art. He’s especially known for his stencil art style and satirical artworks which often take on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics. Banksy has gone from a teenage tagger to a well-known artist making multi-million dollar art which is often imitated but never duplicated. His style and political messages have, ironically, been wholeheartedly embraced by the very type of people he mocks.

Despite his renown, Banksy’s identity is still shrouded in mystery. According to Tristan Manco — a street art expert — Banksy was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. He said, “The son of a photocopier technician, [Banksy] trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti art during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s.” Banksy’s rats are one of his most recognizable motifs from early in his career and are a nod to Blek Le Rat, a famous graffiti artist in France who Banksy was inspired by. The rats can also be read as a metaphor for the unstoppable force from the streets that is graffiti. Banksy also said, “If you feel dirty, insignificant or unloved, then rats are a good role model.”

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.


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 help minimize the time spent on the street and stop the spray paint colors from overlapping. Enough of the theory, I’m sure most of you know more about him and will share it in the comment section. Happy scrolling!

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“Ignorance can be costly in the Banksy exploitation business. It was reported that “bungling workmen painted over a mural by famous graffiti 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.” (

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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 identity is Robin Gunningham.

Maid in London

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One of Banksy’s Rats

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Virtual Play, Los Angeles

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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?


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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 piece of stencil art.

No Ball Games

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Barcode Escape

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Banksy’s New Orleans Tour

The British artist’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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Banksy 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


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Boy on a Lifebuoy

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Someone ruined it, view here.


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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 artworks painted, plastered, and sprayed onto 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.

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Located on the side of a building in Bethlehem, Occupied West Bank. The political artwork 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.


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“This wall marks the spot where over 40 people were killed during the first resistance or Intifada (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


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Girl with Balloons

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80+ Beautiful Street Crimes done by BANKSY

Gap in the Wall

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Not so much of a satirical artwork or one of his usual pieces, 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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Kentucky Fox

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Phone Boxes, New York City, USA

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Take This Society

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Wider view

In February, 2008 a stencil art graffiti piece 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.


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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 the famous graffiti artist has no more right to paint on walls 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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Trying To Open The Lock

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Banksy Rat Mural on Canal Street, Chinatown, New York City

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Rude Boy Banksy Rat

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Blank Walls

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

Radioactive Rats

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“Ah rats, spilled the nuclear waste.”

Banksy Rats Living Off the Wall

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“Rat Restaurant with red carpet.”

Cave Painting

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Huge Banksy Rat Mural, 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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“Hordes of photographers descended on Savemain pharmacy in Essex Road, Islington, after the 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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Banksy Rats with Signs

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These are in two different locations. Supposedly, these stencils were drawn over other messages that were previously left by other graffiti artists.

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 Balloon, 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 has 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.