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03/07/2009

Kissing Policemen Stencil by Bansky, Brighton & Pride London 2009


This is a photo of Kissing Policemen Stencil (in Brighton, UK), by Banski, a a pseudo-anonymous English graffiti artist. His artworks are often satirical pieces of art on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics. His street art, which combines graffiti writing with a distinctive stencilling technique, is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass who maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His art has appeared in cities around the world. Banksy's work was born out of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy's stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. Subjects include rats, monkeys, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly. Of course such "street art" brings controversy with many poeple and officials that assert that Banksy's work is simple vandalism. To judge by yourself, you can browse some photos of his work on Bansky Offical Website and leave comments to express your view !
I will post other photos of Banski's work later on, but opted for this one as it illustrates well London Gay Pride which will be held in London tomorrow, Saturday 4th of July !

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