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(Gothamist)   "Banksy may be the hero Gotham deserves, but he's not the one it needs right now, or something, according to the NYPD, which is making his arrest a top priority"   (gothamist.com) divider line 45
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2013-10-18 03:41:44 PM
4 votes:
This all amuses me.

We've got a world where cruelty and violence by all sides of civilization is rampant. We have governments, religions, businesses, collectives, and individuals of every sort actively acting to oppress, exploit, and/or destroy their fellow humans. We have people not directly involved cheering them on. We have rape, murder, theft, and abuse, and misuse of power every single day.

And yet some of you come here and spend such spiteful vitriol on a graffiti artist.

Don't you have better things to be indignant about? Haven't you been looking at the behavior of your species? Is your sense of proportion so badly hobbled? Is your outrage so grievously misdirected?

Poor sad, angry, little monkeys. You have so much more dangerous things to be worried about.
2013-10-18 02:36:18 PM
4 votes:
www.streetartutopia.com
2013-10-18 02:32:22 PM
4 votes:

GBB: timujin: Hey, now that they've taken care of all of the armed robberies, rapes, murders, kidnappings and rapes, they can focus on the really important crimes like unlicensed art installations.

I don't think the Vandal Squad works those kinds of cases.   But, what do I know?


I understand going after some kids because they tagged a train.  I don't get spending a lot of resources going after someone for painting a stencil on a door when the owner of that door then takes it off the hinges and asks $200,000 for it.  They're doing this because he's "high profile", not because of the actual damage he's causing.
2013-10-18 02:28:59 PM
4 votes:
I think that the most appropriate response for Banksy is to put a mural of him being arrested near the police substations.  All of them.
2013-10-18 02:19:56 PM
4 votes:
Someone broke my window by throwing a solid gold brick through it!
2013-10-18 02:47:58 PM
3 votes:

Begoggle: Gunny Highway: I am sure there are people out there that dont like him but Banksy is awesome in my opinion.

Cool, post your address so I can come buy and paint crap on your house.


If you buy his house, why would he care what you paint on it?
2013-10-18 02:11:37 PM
3 votes:
Hey, now that they've taken care of all of the armed robberies, rapes, murders, kidnappings and rapes, they can focus on the really important crimes like unlicensed art installations.
2013-10-18 03:32:10 PM
2 votes:
I think this is awesome. We're here in the spying/internet age, and no one knows who he is. His work is intelligent and accurate, and no one knows who he is. How does that even happen??

And it's beyond retarded that the cops are trying to "DERR SHUT 'IM DOWN". Are they afraid the peasants will 'wake up' or something?

Also, how does this guy make money? Wikipedia tells me he has an agent?? For what? How does he pay his crew? Social activism alone doesn't put food in the mouth.
2013-10-18 03:22:44 PM
2 votes:
I'm still not convinced that Bansky is just one person. I think it's a collective.
2013-10-18 02:49:27 PM
2 votes:
"Graffiti does ruin people's property and it's a sign of decay and loss of control"

Is there any example of a case where his graffiti was done in a place that wasn't already in a state of decay?  It's not like he's doing it on some brand spanking new white marble government building.  Most of the stuff I've seen have been on walls and building that are already crumbling to peices through neglect and age.
2013-10-18 02:48:20 PM
2 votes:

Begoggle: Gunny Highway: I am sure there are people out there that dont like him but Banksy is awesome in my opinion.

Cool, post your address so I can come buy and paint crap on your house.


I understand that, I still like his art.  Sorry.
2013-10-18 02:43:11 PM
2 votes:
I am sure there are people out there that dont like him but Banksy is awesome in my opinion.
2013-10-18 02:40:42 PM
2 votes:
There are plenty of building owners that would give Banksy carte blanche, but that wouldn't be as "edgy",  and he'd lose all his "cred", because he's dangerous or something.

/rolls eyes
2013-10-18 02:34:39 PM
2 votes:
"Art is anything you can get away with."  ~  Marshall McLuhan (often misattributed to Andy Warhol)
2013-10-18 02:27:53 PM
2 votes:

timujin: Hey, now that they've taken care of all of the armed robberies, rapes, murders, kidnappings and rapes, they can focus on the really important crimes like unlicensed art installations.


Because artists should be allowed to deface and destroy others' property without their permission in the name of Art(tm), right?
2013-10-18 02:20:43 PM
2 votes:
Boxxy should be brought to justice.
2013-10-18 02:16:05 PM
2 votes:
Can't wait for the follow-up, I hope he gets away with it, and puts up a scathing piece that really puts their undies in a wad.
2013-10-18 02:15:22 PM
2 votes:
Bloomberg spoke out against him and now the NYPD are hunting for him. Is anyone surprised. I sure as hell am not.

That asshole really thinks the city is his fiefdom.
2013-10-18 02:11:08 PM
2 votes:
"Art is art, and nobody's a bigger supporter of the arts than I am. I just think there are some places for art and there are some places [not for] art. And you running up to somebody's property or public property and defacing it is not my definition of art. Or it may be art, but it should not be permitted. And I think that's exactly what the law says."

Haha, that's the best self-contradictory ramble by a politician I've heard today.
2013-10-18 10:46:26 PM
1 votes:
In the meantime, the owners of the wall Banksy defaced yesterday are so pissed off about it, they've covered it in plexiglass and are putting a rolling door in front of it to protect it at night:

www.majhost.com
2013-10-18 04:34:05 PM
1 votes:
timujin: I understand going after some kids because they tagged a train.  I don't get spending a lot of resources going after someone for painting a stencil on a door when the owner of that door then takes it off the hinges and asks $200,000 for it.  They're doing this because he's "high profile", not because of the actual damage he's causing.

On one hand, I get the 'breaking my window with a gold brick' joke.

On the other hand, it's my door, and whether I profit from it or not is irrelevant. You had no right to do anything to it and broke the law. Further, yes, it's high-profile, and specifically, it's a high-profile statement that you can get away with things. Cracking down on that perception is actually pretty sensible and is in line with some of the tactics the city adopted that got crime down so low in the first place.

/ Maybe that door had sentimental value and you ruined it.
2013-10-18 04:23:57 PM
1 votes:

WhoGAS: It's not the graffiti they're bothered about, it's the loss of city and state taxes because they're not getting a cut of his sales.

Or not.  I dunno.  Money just seems the most obvious.


It sets a precedent that illegal graffiti is ok sometimes.
2013-10-18 04:07:38 PM
1 votes:
I love these Banksy threads since he causes so many farkers to blow a gasket. Last night's thread had clown shoes going full ITG blood-lust warrior over some guy named "werm". Begoggle is providing the lulz in this thread.
2013-10-18 03:29:23 PM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Gunny Highway: The ICA in Boston recently featured the art of Barry McGee.  Really interesting exhibit and cool stuff.

Did they have the harp and the dirty red bandana?


No!  There are a giant sculpture made of televisions when you walked in, a cool "wave wall" featuring his work, some crude machines that were made to took like taggers spraying the walls. the bottles with the faces, and lots of little sketches from notebooks and pads.

It was a really fun day.  I would definitely go see his work again.
2013-10-18 02:58:58 PM
1 votes:
Most of the 'tagging' I see from the train on my way into work is nothing more than a bunch of ugly spray-painted initials, nicknames or stylized signatures (which is more akin to a dog pissing on a wall than art), not the colorful murals or humorous / thought-provoking works like Bansky.
2013-10-18 02:57:50 PM
1 votes:

Begoggle: Gunny Highway: Begoggle: Gunny Highway: I am sure there are people out there that dont like him but Banksy is awesome in my opinion.

Cool, post your address so I can come buy and paint crap on your house.

I understand that, I still like his art.  Sorry.

Where is your address?
You might like my art too.


I understand your point.  I enjoy his art.  Sorry.
2013-10-18 02:55:50 PM
1 votes:

Begoggle: Bslim: Begoggle: Bslim: Standard Operating Procedure for NYPD manual dictates that he be summarily executed. Afterwards he will be cuffed, raped with batons, shot for resisting while his lifeless corpse moves during the rape. Sent to Rikers, raped, beaten, then shot again while trying to escape. The police union will then stage protests to defend the heroes.

And when that doesn't happen will you apologize for being an idiot?
Nah.

Let's see what happens, bootlicker.

Bootlicker until somebody damages your property, then you're all WHERE ARE THE COPS


If Banksy wants to put something on the wall of my house that I can sell for over a million bucks then he's more than welcome to.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280431/Banksy-Slave-Labour- mu ral-torn-London-wall-US-art-auction-website-450k.html
2013-10-18 02:53:20 PM
1 votes:

bubo_sibiricus: >which is making his arrest a top priority"

So all other crime in NYC is solved, then?


So all crimes must be addressed in order?
So since all murders are not solved, ignore all other crime?
You sound like those people who hate that we spend money on NASA because there are other problems on Earth.
2013-10-18 02:52:16 PM
1 votes:
weknowmemes.com
2013-10-18 02:51:41 PM
1 votes:

Bslim: Begoggle: Bslim: Standard Operating Procedure for NYPD manual dictates that he be summarily executed. Afterwards he will be cuffed, raped with batons, shot for resisting while his lifeless corpse moves during the rape. Sent to Rikers, raped, beaten, then shot again while trying to escape. The police union will then stage protests to defend the heroes.

And when that doesn't happen will you apologize for being an idiot?
Nah.

Let's see what happens, bootlicker.


Bootlicker until somebody damages your property, then you're all WHERE ARE THE COPS
2013-10-18 02:50:56 PM
1 votes:
If graffiti art stops being illegal and dangerous, it's going to stop being what it is.  Go ahead and turn it into the hipster version of scrapbooking and see how you like it then.
2013-10-18 02:49:41 PM
1 votes:

tb tibbles: I'm not in doubt of his art skills and the ability to make a humorous point,but buy your own canvas dude. No one wants gawkers hanging out taking pictures and attracting no-talent taggers getting in on the act.


The locations chosen are integral to what he does.
2013-10-18 02:48:46 PM
1 votes:
i half wonder if it's a clever marketing ploy on bansky's behalf.
2013-10-18 02:47:36 PM
1 votes:

oh_please: There are plenty of building owners that would give Banksy carte blanche, but that wouldn't be as "edgy",  and he'd lose all his "cred", because he's dangerous or something.

/rolls eyes


It might be worth trying just to see how many imposters show up.

/I am Sparticus!
2013-10-18 02:41:24 PM
1 votes:
Only sissies do things after they've gotten permission
2013-10-18 02:35:23 PM
1 votes:
For those that are interested (and don't already know about this), the blog Melrose & Fairfax (occasional NSFW language) has had the best coverage of the Banksy New York residency out of any site I've seen.  They've been documenting the works, even posting pics of some of them before Banksy's site does, as well as showing the interactions between the public & the artworks (often by fame-jocking attention-whores & haters).  Kind of interesting, and well-worth a bookmark for folks that dig street art.
2013-10-18 02:34:10 PM
1 votes:

tricycleracer: There's some pretty cool murals in my town, but they were done with permission:

[crpbayarea.org image 607x403]
[www.tampabay.com image 746x497]
[farm9.staticflickr.com image 640x427]


That's pretty astonishing.  Someone is actually riding a segway.  Even the dog seems puzzled.
2013-10-18 02:32:22 PM
1 votes:
There's some pretty cool murals in my town, but they were done with permission:

crpbayarea.org
www.tampabay.com
farm9.staticflickr.com
2013-10-18 02:30:54 PM
1 votes:

GBB: timujin: Hey, now that they've taken care of all of the armed robberies, rapes, murders, kidnappings and rapes, they can focus on the really important crimes like unlicensed art installations.

I don't think the Vandal Squad works those kinds of cases.   But, what do I know?


You know who really knew how to handle vandals?   The Romans.
2013-10-18 02:24:03 PM
1 votes:
Made me think of this

tribwpix.files.wordpress.com
2013-10-18 02:22:22 PM
1 votes:
2013-10-18 02:21:32 PM
1 votes:
Zimmerman flew and tyler knew!!
2013-10-18 02:20:53 PM
1 votes:
Well, if they can catch him, the quality of prison tattoos will go up.
2013-10-18 02:19:54 PM
1 votes:
Yippeeee!! More publicity!!!
2013-10-18 02:19:06 PM
1 votes:
Generally I have little time for garden-variety taggers and "muralists" but there does seem to be something a bit above the ordinary in Banksy's stuff.  It may be illegal but I would still call it art.

Maybe building owners could post "art here plz" signs?  Or would that just ruin it altogether?
 
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