BANKSY books…

A while back lady fi5e ordered me a bunch of BANKSY books for my birthday which are amazing. A hint if you want to buy them for yourself, try amazon.co.uk instead of amazon.com. BANKSY is one of my favorite people who makes stuff. When people talk about how graffiti shouldn’t be on the Internet or in books and should only exist in the city I always site BANKSY as an example of why that isn’t true. If I had to choose between keeping graffiti “pure” and having never seen a BANKY piece I would take BANKSY any day. Below I typed up some of my favorite quotes and passages from Banging Your Head Against A Brick Wall, Cut It Out, and Existencilism:
“Brandalism
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall building and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights, and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like and with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in 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 rearranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”
“People seem to think if they dress like a revolutionary they don’t actually have to behave like one.”
“You could say that graffiti is ugly, selfish and that it’s just the action of people who want some pathetic kind of fame. But if that’s true it’s only because graffiti writers are just like everyone else in this fucking country. There is this idea that people who write Graffiti are just frustrated scribblers who couldn’t make it in the art world, but that’s not really the point. It’s better being outside anyway. Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums. Graffiti has more chance of meaning something or changing stuff than anything indoors. Graffiti has been used to start revolutions, stop wars and generally is the voice of people who aren’t listened to. Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss. Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it’s a tool; “I’ll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw”. I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that?”
“There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.”
“Dissent pays the rent.”
“The Human Race
The human race is an unfair and stupid competition. A lot of the runners don’t even get decent sneakers or clean drinking water. Some people are born with a massive head start, every possible help along the way and still the referees seem to be on their side. It’s not surprising some people have given up competing altogether and gone to sit in the grandstand, eat junk food and shout abuse. What we need in this race is a lot more streakers.”