Banksy Unveiled? Not Even Close.

Banksy Unveiled? Not Even Close.
This morning I woke to the startling news that Banksy had been unveiled. I tripped out as I worked through the emotions of it. OH AWESOME, THEY FOUND HIM. Oh, Huh… They Found Him. DANG. THEY FOUND HIM?!?

First, for those of you who don’t know who Banksy is… just go away. No offense intended. But, yeah, just go, it’ll be simpler really. Or read here. And here. And here. And here. And here. Ok?  Basically Banksy is a brilliant street artist behind the inside-out-outside-in  documentary ‘Please Exit Through the Giftshop’ and who has been turning the art world upside down anonymously for years now.

I’ve been so intrigued as to his identity that I’ve considered building a group of similarly curious tech-geeks out on Reddit or on IRC to hunt the guy(s? gal, gals?, mob) down.  It can’t be THAT hard, right?  He’s obviously traversing the planet fairly regularly.  There are already a list of possible suspects.  Correlate Banksy’s tags with various other key individual travel habits, and bam… we have our guy.  No?  But after my reaction this morning I realized I don’t want to know who he is.  The myth of Banksy is infinitely better than any human could ever match.  So I hearby renounce my desire to find Mr. Banksy… and in return, I only ask for a very small interview via email (or in person, that’d be cool!  haha.) is fine even.

Anyway.  Several news sites in the echo chamber of Twitter, Zite and the like were giving very detailed information that Banksy had been caught.  You can read more about at the Telegraph.  His crew was supposedly followed from his suspected lair and then apprehended after perpetrating a crime of vandalism.  Well, nothing of the sort happened apparently.  Not only was he not captured, but he’s also released a fantastic new piece in his home town of Bristol.




Love this piece.  Enjoy the free-ness of the splatter and the quickness of it.  It also had to have been hard to pull off without getting caught.  It has to be 10 to 15 feet off the ground at least as he was obviously angling to get the ADT security “earring” in line.  The piece, per Banksy’s website, is called “Girl with a Pierced Eardrum”.  Heheh.  Which just makes me laugh its so brilliant.  Well played Banksy.  Very well played.

Banksy, I was serious about that interview!!  Truce!