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Banksy Locations & Tours Volume 2: A Collection of Graffiti Locations and…

by Martin Bull

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These two collections are best for Banksy completists, a.k.a. obsessive fans. Of which I am one. As is demonstrated by the fact that I made these:



If you are new to Banksy, you are better off picking up [b:Wall and Piece|114683|Wall and Piece|Banksy|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327904853s/114683.jpg|110426]. I have seen most of the works featured here before but did spot a few that I had never seen before, so I’m glad I snagged these. Banksy is primarily a street stencil artist. He occasionally does paintings or various installation/sculptural pieces, but primarily he cuts elaborate stencils then hits walls at night and spray paints the images using the stencils. His work is often straight up political but avoids being too didactic by leavening it with clever/biting/sarcastic humor.

The author of these two collections is a graffiti tour guide in London who documents street art via photography and then hosts tours of interesting work, mainly Banksy. In these two books, the author’s commentary did became somewhat repetitive, partly because I suspect these were originally blog posts, and he didn’t do a good job editing them as a whole. But regardless, I did learn some interest tidbits. I had no idea how many people would tear down walls and doors, peel off plaster, or remove storage boxes if Banksy had painted on them and then attempt to sell them at auction houses or on eBay. (The author repeatedly declares his opposition to tearing down work that was created for the street.) Sometimes the paintings sold for a lot of money, other times, they don’t sell at all. The auction houses have a difficult time proving the authenticity of the work. After all, it’s street art, and sometimes other people imitate Banksy’s style.

It was also interesting to read about the ongoing government whitewashing of graffiti, town debates on the subject, and how frequently the works disappears. I was also unaware of the graffiti war with “Team Robbo” after Banksy painted over an old work by Robbo that had been around for many years. So now Robbo supporters (or those who are just jealous of Banksy’s success) have gone around defacing Banksy’s works.

Of the two books, the second one has some of the lesser seen works. I’m glad I could see some of Banksy’s stencils in more of a street context, but overall, this won’t be too exciting for those unfamiliar with Banksy. Below are a few of my favorite images from these books.

OLD SKOOL


NO FUTURE


PETROL VULTURE


KID’S CAR UP ON BLOCKS AND BARBED WIRE PLAYHOUSE
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Following the runaway success of the original edition, this unique book collects the rest of Banksy's graffiti from the last five years. With more than 100 different locations highlighted and color photographs of Banksy's street art, this is a thoroughly up-to-date catalog of his most recent work. Also included with the photographs are trivia regarding each location, a full walking tour of the remaining work in Banksy's native Bristol, and snippets of graffiti by several other artists.… (more)

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