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Wexford’s Up & Coming Tinkicker 4 March 2011

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Tinkicker has been actively painting since the first Cans Festival in 2008. ‘If it wasn’t for me old man I wouldn’t be painting today. He got me into graffiti and even helped me lay down me first street stencils’.

Tinkicker told us his major influences were Banksy and Eelus. In fact, the Wexford based artist was fortunate enough to meet Eelus when he was just starting off. ‘On my adventures to Bristol I also met some associates of the infamous Banksy and they shared their amazing stories of the Bristol legend’. Meeting these ‘top dogs’ pushed him to pursue the life of a professional vandal. ‘I realised how you could use graffiti as a weapon for the people, as a spokesman for the underdogs’.

‘I’ll always paint. I think you need something to keep you sane in this mad world but if my work makes someone laugh or smile or even cry then I’m doing my job right.’


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Banksy does ‘The Simpsons’ 11 October 2010

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The video below shows Banksy‘s efforts at the opening sequence for ‘The Simpsons’. Banksy is said to have been inspired by reports that Simpsons characters are animated in Seoul, South Korea. Before Fox pulled it down, the YouTube video had amassed 42,305 views, and it’d be safe to say that almost none of us actually watched it on TV, to the point that there was even quickly dispelled speculation as to whether or not the segment had actually aired. The episode, MoneyBart, made its US debut last night and will be shown in the UK and Ireland on 21 October.

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Above on Bansky in Paris 27 September 2010

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Above sent IrishStreetArt.com in his most recent stencil from Paris. He told us ‘Last year I was traveling for 3-months around Europe and spent 2 weeks in Paris. One day when I was walking around Paris I found this spot but unfortunately I had just 1 day before my flight to Rome. After observing the large concrete frame on the wall, it gave me a lot of inspiration for several ideas on how to creatively interact with the un-used frame and location. One idea was to juxtapose an “art thief” stealing a popular painting like the Mona Lisa from the frame. I felt the idea and site-specific stencil would interact well with the un-used frame and the fact that the Mona Lisa is located just 10 minutes away inside the Louvre museum.

Time always changes things and with that new situations arise. Since last year when I was in Paris I’ve noticed a lot of new topics in street art and more importantly the thievery of art works in the street. I felt it more interesting and relative to have the art thief portrayed in the stencil stealing a piece of art that actually gets stolen quite often. The English artist Banksy is one of the most popular street artists and highly publicized victims of his street artworks being stolen. It’s not by random chance this happens to Banksy’s art as first and foremost he makes great work but also due to the fact that his indoor works have sold for several hundred thousand dollars you can imagine when he paints outside in the street his works are soon sought after by thieves.

It’s an interesting concept and somewhat of an irony as we the artists and the thieves are both working in an illegal manner. One illegal activity inspires another. The artist paints illegally with spray cans on a wall, while the thieves jack hammer and chip off illegally painted walls, illegally. It’s kind of like the pot calling the kettle black to a degree.
I took the initiative to comment and create a situation in this piece that could mimic both illegal acts simultaneously executed here in the painting and in the process.

Many years ago before Banksy’s mass appeal he painted his popular rat image that read, “Because I’m worthless.” Times have changed Banksy is a common household name as well as the increased value of his artworks. I felt like it would be applicable to the current state of affairs to appropriate his previous statement to “Because now I’m worth it” to reflect the past and current thievery of his street artworks.’

“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to”
Banksy

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Banksy Movie 23 March 2010

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With a cast including Shepard Fairey, Rhys Ifans, Space Invader, Banksy’s new film, ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop‘ should not be missed. “An often hilarious blend of fact and hoax, solemnity and farce, plastic art and projector art, directed by and starring – but who can be sure?” – Banksy

Now showing at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin.

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Banksy? 15 June 2009

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The video below gives us a glimpse into Banksy’s recent exhibition in Bristol. These days Banksy is controversial for more than just his awe inspiring work. When we approached one local for directions when touring through Southbank in search of a few Banksys a while back, we were asked “Why would you bother look now, isn’t Banksy just another sell-out?” A bit despondent by the reaction of the Londoner’s lack of enthusiasm for one of our heroes we wandered through a tunnel under the Queen Elizabeth Hall that once was home to a banksy piece. Frustratingly, the piece had since been painted over but we wouldn’t be let down by the rest of the street art on show. You couldn’t but marvel at the crazy collection of ideas, styles and themes from writers from all over the globe.

Many feel that Banksy no longer sits comfortably with his peers in the underground street art movement. Seeing his books being sold in high street chains can be a bit unsettling. Saying that, his growth in stature has brought the guerrilla art movement into the public spotlight and that can only be a good thing. One thing is for certain, Banksy isn’t the only artist in the world pushing boundaries at the moment.

For more streetart from Bristol, you have to check out the brilliant Bristol Street Art Project. For more on the Banksy debate Twitter Banksy Here.

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International Street Art – Jerusalem Stencils from 2000 to 2005 17 March 2009

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Spray Can Stencil Jerusalem

Ivan Maletin got in contact with irishstreetart.com and told us of a great collection of photos taken by Markey Funk of the streets of Jerusalem. The collection of impressive stencils includes work by Banksy and Alpha. Jerusalem has had an incredible past. In the course of its history, the city has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times….

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Vango – Killarney 5 March 2009

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Kilarney isn’t the first spot in Ireland that springs to mind when you think of street art but recently the Kingdom’s tourist trap has been making the national headlines as the canvas for one of Ireland’s up and coming street artists. Vango told Irishstreetart.com that he first became interested in graffiti when he read an article about Banksy and discovered the stencil method. Since then he’s been obsessed with street art. The artist said “I wanted to see some of it around my town so I decided to start. I first started four months ago with the rats like Banksy and Blek Le rat and then moved onto my own bigger pieces.” Vango has of late including a sculptural element to his work and a hopes to develop a 3d graffiti portfolio.


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Berlin, Street Culture Mecca 7 November 2008

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These pics were taken on the Alternative Berlin walking tour I had the pleasure of taking at the beginning of November. The tour was great and the art was even better. We even got to visit Tacheles, a giant artist squat and meet some of berlin’s finest artists. The highlight of the trip for me was the the astronaut, the world’s biggest Banksy styled stencil we’d ever come across by an Parisian artist called ‘Ash‘. Berlin is a mecca for every medium of street art. Included are the photos that cought my attention but East Berlin is literally covered in incredible material Have a goo!

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