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‘In the future, everyone will want to be anonymous for fifteen minutes’

Banksy reversed the Warhol quote so it fits today’s weather. 

“In the future, everyone will want to be anonymous for fifteen minutes.”

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“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” 

Andy Warhol

Needless to say, social media changed things. Going off the grid will be the new luxury. 

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Banksy’s self-destructing painting 🎈

In 2016, graffiti artist Banksy installed a shredder into one of his canvasses entitled it “Girl With Balloon.”

Just last week, Sotheby’s auction house in London sold the painting to the highest bidder for $1.37 million. The picture subsequently tore to shreds. 

“A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting…in case it was ever put up for auction…”

Banksy

People are wondering whether someone at Sotheby’s was in on the prank or whether it was just careless. Purveyors of modern art do consider frames as part of the artwork, so it’s possible that Sotheby’s never thoroughly examined the painting on purpose. 

Either way, the self-destructing painting makes a mockery of the commercialization of art. Banksy quotes Picasso: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”

Given Banksy’s triumph and his legendary status in art world folklore, the only question people are asking now is how much the demolished painting will be worth in the future. Guaranteed the new owner is already there picking up the scraps. 

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Banksy in Paris

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Seemingly coinciding with Paris Fashion Week, a few new yet unconfirmed pieces from Banksy recently materialized in the French capital. We have three murals for you so far, starting with the wall above featuring a girl spray painting a damask-like pattern over a swastika, speaking to the loss of innocence and the fears of rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

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Banksy: ‘If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit’

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If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.

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Banksy returns to New York

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Banksy is back in New York, the first time since his month-long residency back in 2013.

The iconic street artist kicked off his visit with a mural dedicated to the imprisonment of Turkish artist and journalist Zehra Dogan, who’s watercolor painting protests the continued destruction of Kurdish territory by the Turkish military.

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The black hash marks represent each of the days since Dogan has been in jail. Turkish authorities incarcerated her last March.

“I really feel for her. I’ve painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence,” Banksy told the New York Times.

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Fresh off The Walled Off Hotel project in Bethlehem where he also teamed up with producer Danny Boyl to put together a film called ‘The Alternativity’, it appears that Banksy is making the Big Apple his canvass again.

“New York calls to graffiti writers like a dirty old lighthouse. We all want to prove ourselves here. I chose it for the high foot traffic and the amount of hiding places. Maybe I should be somewhere more relevant, like Beijing or Moscow, but the pizza isn’t as good.” 

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Be sure to follow Banksy to keep up with the rat race in New York.

Mural images via the Houston Bowery Wall

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Banksy takes his art to Bethlehem

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Banksy opened up The Walled Off Hotel earlier this year along the wall of the occupied West Bank with the “with the worst view in the world.” More recently, he teamed up with producer Danny Boyl to put together a film called ‘The Alternativity’ which features local children and their families singing Christmas carols ‘Jingle Bells‘ and ‘Silent Night’ in Arabic and English.

The film drops just in time with Trump’s controversial move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, which he also proclaimed Israel’s capital. The intermixing of art and politics is intrinsic to Banksy’s street art, but he’s hoping this event will have a real-life impact:

“There aren’t many situations where a street artist is much use. Most of my politics is for display purposes only. But in Palestine there’s a slim chance the art could have something useful to add — anything that appeals to young people, specifically young Israelis, can only help.”

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Digital Graffiti

“Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.” – Banksy

Of course, Banksy was talking about street ads. But Internet ads are no different.

You should free to comment on ads in any way you wish. I use random emojis and insert the occasional quip on Instagram ads. I also call them out, such as when a marketing services firm used a Leonardo DiCaprio image from Wolf of Wall Street to promote themselves.

Does Instagram even have a creative review process? All it (re Facebook) wants to do is cut corners to make Wall Street happy.

Instagram is no longer an imaginary world.

All content is advertising. But inserting ads between beautiful images is a paradox. Instagram is exchanging art for commerce, treating its users as dupes.

But creators aren’t stupid. They know that they’re other ad-free places to show off their galleries. The VSCO Grid is one of them.

The wave of the future

The friendliest way to monetize content is subscriptions. YouTube announced an ad-free service this week. The Financial Times is still behind a paywall. Drip is a service that allows fans to subscribe to music catalogs. I can’t wait to pay SoundCloud’s monthly fee for an ad-free experience.

No one wants or likes ads. They ruin experiences. What I love about watching soccer is that there aren’t any commercial breaks. Watching an NFL game, on the other hand, is a sequence of ad, replay, ad, and more ads.

The Internet should be ad-free. Fans have shown that they are willing to pay with their wallets, exchanging money for a cleaner experience. We don’t another 50 years of traditional advertising.

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Is it worth pursuing in the first place? The insane lament. Banksy
Is it worth pursuing in the first place? The insane lament. Banksy

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You know who.
You know who.

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What’s Your Canvas?

Everyone has a platform for free, public expression. For Banksy, it’s the streets. For me, it’s my blog.

Before the Internet, none of us had a megaphone. We all had to be signed professionals in order to get a deal for distribution. But that model is broken; my work can be found just as easily as the famous musician, artist, and writer.

The difference between amafessionals and professionals is in the marketing. Sometimes you need the backing of a bank to help spread of mouth. For instance, I can blog and tweet all day but a legitimate writer gets an interview with the New York Times or CNBC and their shit blows up.

We can all make stuff but it’s the quality of the network that separates the bedroom creators versus the signed artists.

In the meantime, use your anonymity, the tech tools, and free Internet distribution to practice. There’s no excuse but to create something, even if you’re never found.