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.

Banksy
Banksy hits NYC with an art tour:  ”The street is in play”
Banksy hits NYC with an art tour:  ”The street is in play”

Another Banksy Mural to Go From Wall to Auction

“Graffiti art has a hard enough life as it is before you add hedge-fund managers wanting to chop it out and hang it over the fireplace. For the sake of keeping all street art where it belongs, I’d encourage people not to buy anything by anybody, unless it was created for sale in the first place.”

So graffiti is just marketing for Banksy’s commercial art?

Puzzling

I’ve learnt from experience that a painting isn’t finished when you put down your brush — that’s when it starts. The public reaction is what supplies meaning and value. Art comes alive in the arguments you have about it.

— Banksy, “Stalking a Most Prolific Phantom
Graffiti on the back side of Samuel Paley Park on Flickr.
Graffiti on the back side of Samuel Paley Park on Flickr.
We’re all participating artists merely separated by the deception of street clothes.  
We’re all participating artists merely separated by the deception of street clothes.  

Are goals fake?  Are people just following the herd?  

People like to put things in cages. 

A perspective on the rebelliousness in graffiti art. 

“If you don’t make it, nobody is going to make it for you.”

From the Crack & Shine video series.