Banksy’s latest work sure hits close to home, doesn’t it? The painting was posted to the artist’s website on Monday, and then the original was finally found by a number of fans in Bristol, England, where he allegedly grew up. The British press has already given the painting the name “Mobile Lovers,” but I think we should call it “Jared Leto & Friend,” inspired by the infamous photo of Jared Leto texting while making out with Scarlett Johansson (see it after the jump). Clearly that was Banksy’s inspiration, right? Obviously. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
I was about to pack it up and call it a day when I saw that Walmart was selling the work of graffiti artist Banksy on their website starting at the low price of $25 — the most ironic being the work entitled “Destroy Capitalism.” Walmart’s in-house art expert (?) speculated that Banksy would “probably appreciate the irony of a monstrous corporation appropriating his anti-consumerist art and selling it at a markup without giving him any money — that’s pretty punk rock.” Eh, maybe not. Nothing about Walmart — particularly its treatment of their employees — is what we’d call “punk rock.” Keep reading »
Everyone’s favorite graffiti artist Banksy announced his month-long NYC residency on Instagram a couple days ago, and his subversive and witty take on street art has been popping up in all sorts of places from Chinatown to the West Side. Yesterday, he headed over to Brooklyn, where he added some cheeky commentary. This one’s our favorite, but click through to see the rest of his New York pieces! Keep reading »
In his own special Banksy way, the graffiti artist joined the celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This painting of Her Majesty sporting David Bowie’s signature Ziggy Stardust face paint appeared in the artist’s hometown of Bristol yesterday morning. It replaced another Banksy work of art that showed a boy with a paper bag creeping up behind a sniper. Interpretations? [Telegraph UK]
Meet 31-year-old Joy Millward. She works as a parliamentary lobbyist in the UK and she is married to a very famous, yet very elusive man. Can you guess who her hubby is? Find out after the jump. Keep reading »
Breaking into a supermodel’s house is easier than you would think. Police in London say a burglar nabbed $115,000 worth of art from Kate Moss‘ house on Thursday night while she, boyfriend Jamie Hince, and her mother, Linda, were upstairs sleeping. The thief took off with three paintings, including a portrait of Moss allegedly done by the street artist Banksy. (Apparently they’re a hot commodity: two Banksy portraits were also stolen from a gallery in London earlier this month.)
Hmm, robbing the homes of celebrities … could this be the handiwork of our girl Alexis Neiers and the nefarious “bling ring“?!?!
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Please, Forever 21, at least try to make it look like you’re not totally ripping off the street artist Banksy with this $22 cotton hoodie. Admittedly, he probably doesn’t care that he’s being ripped off by a mall chain store: Banksy is so “arty” that he doesn’t sell doodads with his designs on them; instead he posts JPEGs of all his artwork online for his admirers to take for free.
But still. It’s the principle of the thing, Forever 21: think up your own designs! [Forever 21, Banksy] Keep reading »
Reader Brenna sent us a couple photos of graffiti by elusive British street artist Banksy. Keep reading to see the second one.
Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send your pic to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep reading »