Archived entries for Banksy

Seek and Ye Shall Find

Editing the US edition of Martin Bull’s Banksy: Location and Tours when we first moved to London in 2008, I imagined the work of the controversial street artist to be posted, as it seemed to Bull, practically everywhere. Much to my surprise, two trips to the fabled Hoxton/Shoreditch area yielded nothing.

Strolling through Brick Lane yesterday, I found two Banksy pieces, the same prints pasted in different parts of the neighborhood. Having seen Exit Through the Giftshop recently, I couldn’t help but be suspicious. As though the repetition was intended to mess with Banksy-snapping tourists, like me.

Rough Guide to London (Slight Return)

The timing couldn’t have been better. Immediately after arriving in London, I had to edit the US edition of a guide to local graffiti installations by British political artist Banksy. Written, photographed and self-published by journalist Martin Bull, the book has been an underground hit here since it first appeared last March. Finding a copy at the Serpentine Gallery bookstore, Jennifer and I were pleasantly surprised. Having only seen the UK version before, back in San Francisco, it made our new home feel a lot more familiar.

Yesterday the author signed off on the final PDF, whose cover, shot in Hoxton, appears above. Today, the book’s designer, Courtney Utt, will enter his final corrections and send it to the printer. We’re both really excited to finally see it off. The book was ingeniously re-designed from the ground up. I worked my little fanny off (or non-existent one, as my wife would lovingly put it) to retain Bull’s original language, while giving it a good makeover. Banksy: Locations and Tours will be in US bookstores starting in January.

Beirut Readymade

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Amongst the photos we received from Reuters today, this remarkable shot of a young Hezbollah supporter chanting slogans in front of the UN headquarters in Beirut really stood out. Between the teddy bears, fake blood and barbed wire, Banksy has finally found his local match.

Originally published at Allvoices



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