Banksy kicks ass…

“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 buildings 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 are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. 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 with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a 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 re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs”


8 thoughts on “Banksy kicks ass…

  1. its easy to fall in love with such strong wills and hard to refute (because he just sounds so right – he is right, but then are others really wrong? sometimes the ones who best express themselves win whether they’re right or wrong. like bullies or hustlers or rock legends – when your belief in something becomes a religion and theres just no way other than that way, thats powerful. and if you have charisma and talent, you can build a church. ok so this is too long to fit in parenthesis but anyway) just some reflected bits


    1. His is an opinion, and you can take or leave it as you wish. Boil all this down to its essence and he is simply encouraging you to make your own marks on the environment, and to deface advertising when it annoys, bullies, or offends you. Also, to make you more aware that advertising does not respect your privacy. Nobody’s talking about religion or belief. Revolution and conviction is more the theme here, I think.


      1. as usual i go off topic. haha.. maybe i have something like adhd or some kind of eccentric vein that i tend to deviate from the focus (cross-eyed. dodo. hehe). hope you don’t think I’m a capitalist advertising suit-wearing devil-wears-prada sort. though I wouldn’t mind giving it a try just to take a picture of myself in a power-suit. POWER SUIT! by the way, I saw maybe half of the documentary on Banksy (at a friends place but we had to go because Adamo had to go to bed. ahh the days of late-night transgression are over.. ) and I REAALLYY liked it. looking for a copy.. 🙂


  2. I do not know who Banksy is but I believe in taking action.
    I once complained directly to a television station manager when a journalist appeared on screen with a wisp of cigarette smoke trailing up the side of the picture. That never happened again.
    I have also complained to the Television and Consumer Authority about three television commercials. They were all removed from the air.
    I complained to a very big museum in Sydney when I observed an unsafe workplace practice. It was acted upon immediately.
    Speak up. Someone less able than you is probably depending on you to change the world for the better. You deserve a better world ever day just so your life is the best it can be. Do it. Act.


    1. Banksy does take action. He’s one of the most prolific, critical artists I know of, actually. I think the difference between yout idea of action, and Banksy’s, is that you are interacting with the advertisers…offering TV authorities feedback on ‘offensive’ ads, as opposed to what you consider to be ‘okay’ ads, or *laughing* ‘unsafe workplace practices’ may, to some, just come across as being a kind of self-righteous busybodying? The essence of the advertising industry is to turn a profit…no matter what they have to do, or say, to make that happen. So the idea of some ads being ‘okay’ is lost on Banksy, and lost on me.

      I have taken action against pubic advertising, incidentally. I have not owned a television in my life, and I have not watched one for 15 years. I don’t listen to the radio. I don’t even have a radio. I don’t buy lifestyle, women’s or celebrity magazines. I don’t watch movies produced by Hollywood, and I watch about one art or critically acclaimed film a year.

      Also, I think the idea of “changing the world for the better” is naive and arrogant…because what one considers ‘better’ always makes things worse for someone else. As far as I’m concerned, Banksy’s statement is about self-defense.


  3. Love Banksy! He manages to say just the exactly right thing with his work… wish I had found more of his stuff when I was in London. Amazing how he gets his work high on buildings!


  4. Hell Yeh!
    I’ve just spent two days in a “prescribed area” where I thought I’d get some quiet time; instead, I found myself exposed to commercial television for hours on end! What a joke! The government has banned pornography of one kind but left people open to TV assault of every other depraved kind!
    I went to bed at night feeling like I’d had my head smashed open and rearranged! Fear, inadequacy, desire, lack, need…. ARGH!
    Is that a quote from Banksy? It’s Spot On!

    This guy seriously knows his craft! How he manages to get his images in the most appropriate spaces is miraculous!

    “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat”
    (Maybe Lily Tomlin said that…)


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