Do not write on walls

Sam Brennan, Ads Manager

Color in the lines.

Whatever you do, don’t color on the white wall with your red Crayola crayon. It is not your canvas.

However, an anonymous street artist silently disagreed and began painting the walls of England, and soon the world.

What is art? Where is the line between art and vandalism? Is all graffiti vandalism? Who gets to decide what art is?

Banksy, an underground street artist, is believed to be based out of Bristol, England. His graffiti has captivated Europeans and angered law enforcement.

His canvases are brick walls. He stencils the street corners. He remains a mystery.

The only clue to his identity is the name he signs on all his artwork.


He constantly critiques the world around us from behind a veil.

Banksy’s art infuriates law enforcement. They loathe his graffiti on street corners. The art world begs for the murals to be saved, but the law wants it buffed and removed from the walls.

Some galleries go to great measures to save Banksy’s work. Often it is cut out of the wall and put in a gallery.

However, some people worry this will weaken his statement.

If it diminishes the statement, it certainly doesn’t diminish the price. One piece, “Space Girl and Bird” was cut from the wall and sold at an auction for the cheap price of $576,000.

Banksy’s statement remains humorus with an anti-war and anti-establishment feel.

His art is often reflects his view on the political and social climate of the world.

“End of Innocence” portrays a young girl enjoying an ice cream cone that has a stick of dynamite in it.

“Petrol Head” depicts a man with a gas pump held to his head, like a gun.

One of his works on a Bristol wall caused much public debate.

“Window Lovers” depicts a man in a suit looking out a window with a half-naked woman behind him. Beneath him is a nude man holding on to the window sill.

It was ultimately saved by residents who wished to keep the Banksy art on their wall.

Clearly, the people have spoken. Keep Banksy.

Another street artist, who goes by the name JR, recently won the TED prize. This is given to a humanitarian “who wishes to change the world.”

JR photographs people in their natural habitat, blows them up to extreme size and pastes them on a ruinous city landscape.

JR’s identity also remains a secret.

Why is it illegal to allow people to use art to change the urban environment?

Sure, it isn’t the provisional kind of art. But it is for good. It isn’t  gang warfare. It isn’t city riff-raff.

Keep Banky’s art on the walls.

Of course it remains open to your personal interpretation of his art.

However, it cannot be denied that Banksy makes people think. He opens their eyes to things. But what he does is illegal. Legally and morally everything Banksy does is wrong.

But he is an anonymous man that has the ability to make change in our world. His simple street tags have affected many people around the globe.

His silent protests of the world around us speak volumes.

He is the ultimate paradox.

He makes amazing art, filled with statements about our world, but breaks the law doing so.

Banksy does wrong for the right reasons.