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  • He's probably the world's best known artist, and  yet nobody truly knows who he is. Banksy, the  

  • revolutionary graffiti artist, is world renownedand has produced works of graffiti everywhere from  

  • his homeland of the UK to the United States and  even Palestine. For his fame- and infamy- though,  

  • nobody has yet been able to decisively pin down  who exactly is the enigmatic artist. Or have they

  • Banksy is known to have a juvenile recordand began his graffiti career in 1990. Despite  

  • Britain's tough stance on graffiti, the young  artist pulled off several risky graffiti stunts  

  • at a young age, gaining him street cred and an  invitation into the Bristol underground scene.  

  • It was there that he met photographer Steve  Lazarides, who would go on to not just document  

  • his work, but sell it as he became his art agent. Graffiti is a painstaking affair though,  

  • and nothing was worse than getting caught  in the act or being chased off by the  

  • bobbies (note to animators, these are cops) before  your work was done. Thus one day while hiding  

  • under a garbage truck from the local bizzies (note  to animators, also cops), Banksy saw the stenciled  

  • numbering on the truck and realized he could pull  off complicated artwork relatively quickly if he  

  • too turned to stenciling. In a very real senseBanksy owes his entire career to a garbage truck

  • Stenciling would prove revolutionary for Banksyand allowed him to spread his artwork prolifically  

  • across the UK. Yet Banksy was hardly bank...sy'ing  from his artwork, earning a few hundred pounds  

  • here and there for random pieces he managed  to sell. All of this would change though when  

  • Banksy's work took the leap from vandalism to true  art- thanks to Christina Aguilera. She would buy  

  • one of Banksy's original prints at auction for  twenty five thousand pounds- which in non-Harry  

  • Potter money is around $34,000- and just like  that buying graffiti art was the in thing to do.  

  • Banksy's art began going for tens of thousands of  pounds a piece, which is rather ironic for someone  

  • who's primary themes include anti-capitalism  and the vapidity of modern culture

  • Banksy's popularity would truly explode with the  release of the documentary, Exit Through The Gift  

  • Shop. The film was directed by Banksy himselfand featured the story of a French immigrant,  

  • Thierry Guetta, who accidentally stumbles  into the underground art scene in LA  

  • and falls in love with it. It's a tragic tale  of materialism over art, as Guetta goes from  

  • awakening artist to full-blown sell-out. The film  premiered at the Sundance Festival in Park City,  

  • Utah, in 2010, and was accompanied by 10 street  art installations by Banksy himself in Park City  

  • in order to promote the film- which seems like  a complete capitalist sell-out thing to do,  

  • but nobody tell Banksy we said that. But ok, who exactly is Banksy, and has anyone  

  • come close to unlocking Banksy's Clark Kent alter  ego? Well, turns out science may have the answer

  • Using geographic profiling, which is a scientific  way of saying that researchers stalked somebody's  

  • social media and real-life travel plans, it  was believed in 2008 that Banksy was actually  

  • Robin Gunningham, who was himself an artistBanksy would go on to deny this, but then again  

  • Batman would probably deny he was Bruce Wayne tooIn 2018 Gunningham put up a piece of early artwork  

  • he had made for sale, and many people saw striking  similarities between it and early Banksy pieces.  

  • For the researchers who concluded Gunningham  was the real deal, their geolocation data is  

  • enough evidence to prove who the real Banksy is. But the problem is that Gunningham is not the only  

  • person whom geolocation data manages to implicate  as a possible Banksy. A newer theory posits that  

  • Banksy is actually one of the members of rock  band Massive Attack- or possibly, all of them

  • Banksy rose to fame along the same timelineand the same place, as Massive Attack.  

  • Growing up in Bristol, Banksy says that he  was inspired by graffiti artist 3D, otherwise  

  • known as Robert Del Naja, who happened to befounding member of Massive Attack. Both Banksy  

  • and Del Naja were active in the same city at the  same time, and Del Naja even appeared in Banky's  

  • Exit Through The Gift Shop. But this theory claims  that Del Naja is only part of the Banksy identity,  

  • as Banksy is not just one person- but several  individuals led by Del Naja. The theory does  

  • have some traction too, as careful analysis of  appearances of Banksy artwork shows that it very  

  • closely follows tour schedules for Massive Attack. The evidence includes six murals discovered on  

  • May 1st, 2010 in San Francisco, after Massive  Attack performed there just three days earlier.  

  • A week after a Banksy mural was discovered in  Toronto, Massive Attack was also performing there.  

  • Lastly, on that same tour, Massive Attack  played in Boston's Chinatown a day after  

  • a new Banksy popped up on a local wall therePreviously in 2006, Massive Attack performed  

  • in Los Angeles just a week before Banksy's  well-publicized Barely Legal exhibition

  • In 2008, 14 Banksies appeared in New Orleans to  commemorate the third anniversary of Hurricane  

  • Katrena, while at the same time Del Naja was  co-writing the soundtrack to a Hurricane Katrena  

  • themed documentary entitled Trouble The WaterWith all these coincidences one of two things is  

  • certain- either Banksy is a big fan of Massive  Attack, or Banksy is Massive Attack, as the  

  • theory posits that it's a team of individuals  behind the famous artist, and not just one man

  • There's been plenty of sightings of individuals  working on Banksy pop-ups, and some have even  

  • been captured on film, yet no solid identity  has yet been confirmed in any of these cases.  

  • With so many rumors speculating about the real  identity of the world's most enigmatic artist,  

  • it actually begins to make sense that  Banksy is not just one lone individual,  

  • but rather a group of individuals all  coordinating to create artistic murals  

  • in a short amount of time on city walls  all over the US and the Uk. In the end,  

  • the enigma is part of the Banksy charm though, and  if his real identity was ever confirmed investors  

  • fear that the price of a Banksy would plummet  dramatically. If Banksy is truly as subversive  

  • and anti-capitalist as he- or they- claim to  be, then maybe that's his entire goal, although  

  • at this point with the millions made off Banksy  sales, we doubt the point would be well received

  • So next time you see someone spray painting  something that looks suspiciously Banksy-related,  

  • snap a picture, because you just might help  unmask the world's most enigmatic artist.  

  • Also, London and Bristol have thousands of pounds  worth of fines waiting to be handed out for  

  • graffiti'ng on public and private property. Now for an extremely related video,  

  • check out How do 'dumb' paintings sell for  millions? Or click this other video instead!

He's probably the world's best known artist, and  yet nobody truly knows who he is. Banksy, the  

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/26
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