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Banksy Explains How Rip-Offs Have Inspired Him To Hone His Art Skills
By Thanussha Priyah, 03 Oct 2019
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Copycats of Banksy and those pretending to be associated to him have somehow driven the elusive street artist to do better.
This week, Banksy announced he was opening a homeware “store,” unfitting to onlookers at first due to his stance against commercialism.
Called Gross Domestic Product, the outlet was, in actual fact, set up in light of a recent legal dispute between the street artist and a greeting card company, which attempted to trademark the name Banksy.
The surprising stunt has since been explained further by Banksy’s lawyer Mark Stephens, who told artnet News that, “Banksy has been forced into the merchandising market.”
Stephens described Banksy as “one of the most ripped off artists” worldwide. The graffiti artist has faced several events where so-called “Banksy” exhibitions were held without his consent.
He added that misrepresented works would ultimately affect the “integrity of the work,” as forgers would oftentimes print the wrong colors or orientation of the original designs.
Stephens also shared that Banksy prefer his name and work being synonymous to activism and enjoyment, instead of something for big corporations to make money from. The capitalism of Banksy’s name and work tarnish the “real meanings” behind his art, the lawyer explained.
Banksy himself has made a new statement about plagiarizers, telling artnet News that his skills have actually become better because “the stolen stuff [look] so much better” than the originals, seeing as how he only gets a small window of time to complete a mural before the police notice him.
Copycats have driven him to be “fast and precise,” he further admitted, which he claimed to be “the most compelling motivation there is.”
[via artnet News, images via various sources]
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