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  • He is definitely a sell out

    An artist who constantly makes arguments based on the class system shouldn't sell art and make a small fortune. Not to mention he stencils art which means there is no truly "one of a kind" when it comes to his art, because he can litterally duplicate it in a matter of minutes.

  • He is definitely a sell out

    An artist who constantly makes arguments based on the class system shouldn't sell art and make a small fortune. Not to mention he stencils art which means there is no truly "one of a kind" when it comes to his art, because he can litterally duplicate it in a matter of minutes.

  • Yes, he is now

    Im an ex banksy fan, and used to idolize him. His work became famous for his rebel personality and his witty thoughts on the government/political methods. Now, he has a PR agent, sells his work in galleries, and his art has lost its true meaning.. Now it only has monetary value. He had a great idea from the start, changed graffiti by stenciling, but he completely relies on his cardboard-outline. And unfortunately at this point, who knows if the ideas are his, or his agent's...

  • Yes he's a sell out.

    Two fingers up to the establishment then this. Paying taxe's, marketing PR etc. BIG sell out Banksy. Used to be known for his iconic pieces of art, the artist is now a slave to the establishment and has used the media to it's max with this one. I shall think of U2 from now on when Banksy is mentioned. They were BIG sell out c*nts also who made massive money turning out shite to the sheep.

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  • He is a thief and a sell out

    Think about it when you hear people mention banksy they instinctively relate him to the portraits of the rat which he stole i understand using references when it comes to art but to steal an idea that is no artist in my book that's a thief .
    Http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Blek_le_Rat

    that link shows the blek created the idea before banksy was even born??

    Then what happened with the king robbo scandal where in my opinion banksy followers did that to the king. So in short i say he has sold out every principle of art being expression to make profit and become greedy as well as doing pr instead of street art in turn resulting in him virtually dissolving from the seen between true writers.

    Long live king robbo!

  • He is now in the business of PR and marketing, not art

    Banksy had already become immaterial in the world of graffiti and streetart some time ago. Uttering his name in graffiti circles has long been a no-no and now even the streetart scenesters politely nod in appreciation for his contribution before swiftly dodging onto more interesting subjects. The idea that Banksy was “over” was well established – and with that in mind, many of you reading this will find this post to be one of obvious or out-of-date thinking.

    A more detailed argument here: http://www.Thelondonvandal.Com/2013/12/banksy-new-york-residency-sealed-fate-as-irrelevant-sell-out-october-2013/

  • Sellout. 100%, but can you blame the guy?

    Banksy is the epitome of a sellout. At the same time he turned a mediocre sarcastic attitude into a multimillion dollar brand. His commentary is a watered down, shell of what it once was. Is he challenging any ideologies or hipocrasies, or shocking anyone? At all? He has turned into a mere distraction from the real injustices that he sarcastically mocked. Banksy needs to arouse and cultivate a new and real response with his medium in order to affect real change. It's not too late.

  • How can you sell a point of view ?

    With Banksys work being messages or politics and political statements then how can selling these 'statments' and 'messages' not be selling out. Surly by selling his work, even for ridiculously low prices out of a stall is just a way to get people back on his side after he made his money from the gallery sales and films and books.

  • Watch 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' Again

    It's a film by Banksy, and at least a 1/3 of it is about Banksy himself.

    About his 'legendary' and news breaking art show in LA, about his infamy, about his mysteriousness, etc.

    And he even said himself "It's not about the money, it's not about the hype..." and yet he's banking himself on his own infamy and the hype of him still being unknown, and his net worth is approximately $20 million, his first pieces sold for 25,000 euros, meaning maybe around $50,000.

    Sell-out, much?

  • Think about it...

    People who saw and wanted his art sold it to the mainstream... Once he got as well known as he is there wasn't a way to stop the attention unless he stopped all together.. Would you quit just because people started finally started noticing the beauty and meanings of the art you've been creating for years?

  • No, He is not.

    All artists use other peoples work for reference. Yes it is very close to what Blek was doing but Banksy took it to another level. And he is not a sellout you do not see him doing gallery shows do you? No, If you're looking for a sellout think about Mr. Brainwash or Shepard Fiery. Theres your sellouts, these guys mass produce and sell there work for millions of dollars and you call Banksy a sellout...

  • He isn't the one selling it, check your facts!

    He isn't the one selling, he gives for the world to see and greedy ass people cut it down and try to sell, I've heard sphinx still hasn't sold. So besides that I dont see how he is a sellout he doesn't even reveal his identity. My favorite is "war horse"

  • He isn't the one selling his art, know the facts before you look like an idiot !

    He gives it for the whole world to see, and people cut it out and sell it he doesn't make the money from it other people do and also set the price on it as well. I love his work! I think his art is thought provoking war horse was just amazing

  • No. Banksy is not a sellout.

    1. Is he still making art? Jeez, I hope so.
    2. Is he still having fun? Jeez, I hope so.
    3. Is he making money while making art and having fun? Jeez, I hope so.
    4. Is he making a lot of greedy and self-important people look foolish?
    Jeez, I hope so.

    There is no requirement for a street artist to be a poor/homeless/suicidal/drug-addicted/manic-depressive/tortured genius. Sometimes, talent is just enough to get by on.

  • Banksy is Not a Sell Out

    Banksy is not a sell out. Some people believe he is because he made money from his early successes, but if he had not profited from them, he would not have the freedom to get his point of view across now. Banksy rejects commercialism and tells any art galleries who display his work that it is unauthorized. Banksy does art for arts sake and I do not believe he is a sell out.

  • What is a sellout?

    What is a sellout? An artist that's broke and doesn't make a living off of his art? A lot of artists make a living doing advertising or working for someone else, at least he's working for himself and spreading his message and point of view. We need more Banksys. The world will be a much better place with artists working for themselves, against advertising and the corporations, rather than for them. Working for a corporation is not "making it", its "selling out".

  • No Banksy is not a sell out

    If any of you spray painted a stencil onto a wall and was then offered thousands of pounds for it are you really going to say no? I thought not, he makes his living from art, you could then argue every other artist who sells their work is a sell out.

  • Artist's Have To Make Money Too.

    To be honest I have never heard of the guy before this question. I have read conflicting reports on how he actually makes money from his art. That being said, it is hard for real artists to make money, period. Whether it is musicians, painters, sculptors, or even writers. For some reason many people think that art is not real work, or is not that important to society. I think people need to make money anyway they can. Plus we live a capitalist world, and our sense of values are all screwed up. We manipulate the markets to make more money than what the actual value to society is.

  • No, Banksy is not a sell out

    No, just because someone is selling their products that doesn't mean that they are a sellout. Everyone has an equal right and opportunity for profit and trade. When these opportunity's come along sometimes it would be a mistake to not attempt to capitalism on them because we all no someone else will try.


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