Banksy Designs Stab-Proof Union Jack Vest For Stormzy For Music Festival
By Izza Sofia, 02 Jul 2019
The artist behind British rapper Stormzy’s Union Jack stab-proof vest was revealed to be Banksy, as disclosed by Banksy himself.
The Grime rapper performed at this year’s Glastonbury festival wearing a stab-proof vest fronted by the Union Jack flag, spray-painted in black and white. Street artist Banksy later divulged that he designed the garment.
In an Instagram post on Instagram, Banksy wrote, “I made a customized stab-proof best and thought—who could possibly wear this? Stormzy at Glastonbury.”
According to Dezeen, Stormy was the first black British solo artist to headline the festival in its 49-year history.
The rapper was honored to wear the bespoke gear, which he described to be conceptualized by the “greatest, most iconic living artist, the one and only Banksy.” The vest was showcased during the music festival to highlight Britain’s knife crime crisis and shine a light on the country’s seemingly unjust criminal judicial system.
Stormzy’s performance was applauded by Tottenham Labour MP David Lammy, who expressed his gratitude towards the demonstration on Twitter, detailing how Stormzy successfully used his influence to address racial injustice faced by the British community on “one of the biggest cultural platforms in the world.”
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Last night I headlined Glastonbury in a stab-proof vest custom made by the greatest, most iconic living artist on planet earth, the one and only BANKSY. I opened my set with words of encouragement from my hero and ultimate inspiration and the greatest rapper to ever grace planet Earth Jay-Z. I got to sing with the most incredible and legendary man I know - Chris Martin - a man who’s genius I am so in awe of that it makes me go to studio and try to emulate him. Raleigh Ritchie - one of our country’s greatest musical talents thank you my brother. Dave & Fredo - I love you my brothers, UK’s finest rappers, thank you from my heart for helping me light up the stage and making one of the most beautiful moments our culture has seen. Thank you to my lil brother @djtiiny theres no way in hell I could do this without you you have my back always and I’m so proud of you - you are my brother in arms we go to war together I appreciate you. To Bronski, Amber, Misty, Trev, Kojo, Tim, James, Sam & my whole tour/creative/production team I appreciate you all and I’m forever grateful. To my band and to my amazing choir who have worked tireless and given this their everything all whilst sounding flawless, effortless and amazing I appreciate you all very much I can’t do this without you. Massive thank yous to: the W.A.R dance crew you lot are now my brothers thank you for bringing a God-sent energy that I truly needed. To Princess K - you are a superstar, the crowd went absolutely crazy for you and I’m so excited to watch you take the world by storm. To Ballet Black, the grace, beauty and feeling you blessed the world with yesterday was felt in the hearts of millions. To Mac, Trizzy, Bobby, C1, Flipz my BikeStormz family I’m so happy the world got to see you lots talent and skills - you just showed the world about bikelife - be very fucking proud. To Big TJ & James for getting me ready and prepared for the energy this set would need. To the whole of my #MERKY team - my family who hold me down and have my back till the end. THANK YOU GUYS, THANK YOU GOD. I am proud of myself and I feel blessed and fulfilled and purposeful. Your Glastonbury 2019 headliner, over and out. 🎤❤️
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✊🏿👊🏿 @stormzy using his headline spot at #glastonburyfestival2019 to speak out about the injustice of young black kids being criminalised in a biased and disproportionate justice system. Humbled and inspired that he sampled my speech. Salute #Merky pic.twitter.com/iSG3PMssrd— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 28, 2019
[via Dezeen, opening image via Banksy]
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