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I suspect I'm going to catch a lot of shit for this, especially from the ultra-Guardianistas, but let me qualify it first: I enjoy Banksy's work. I like looking at it, and it occasionally raises a smile. I could go as far as to say that I'm biased going into this.

This documentary seemed utterly contrived to bring out the middle-class pretenders defending the 'real' artist that is Robbo. They made it utterly clear that Banksy was the sell-out, despite being the catalyst for Robbo's own show. I understand that Banksy is successful in an utterly mainstream way, but he still (possibly imported via Blek) deployed a witty, attractive style of art.

I appreciate tag culture, and late 70s/80s NY graffiti culture, but this documentary was wrong in trying to polarise 'street art' and 'graffiti'. The two are not mutually exclusive, and can compliment each other well. There was no genuine controversy here.

As a secondary, non-artistic note, I also find it wildly hypocritical to subscribe to a subculture based on ignoring 'the rules', and getting mad when someone ignores yours. This documentary gave Robbo infinitely more recognition than he'd previously had - everyone's a sell-out, including him.

I don't see any compelling evidence that Banksy was behind him getting filled in. I suspect that his general hardman/wanker attitude could have contributed to that. Being 6'8 doesn't protect you from all that much if you're painting on private property.

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As a secondary, non-artistic note, I also find it wildly hypocritical to subscribe to a subculture based on ignoring 'the rules', and getting mad when someone ignores yours.

Pretty much this, there's a load of graff around my area (the posher part of town, supposedly) and most of it is done by one gang and one person in particular. Said person gets really irate when his stuff is covered over and usually finds the person responsible and beats the shit out of them. He doesn't quite seem to see how silly it is that he covers over other people's property and work because 'that's how it is' yet can't take it himself. To be fair though he's a fucking manbaby so it didn't actually surprise me to find this out about him. I'm half tempted to tag over his stuff because it's mostly lazy 'me' graff as opposed to art.

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It was an actually good programme about graf, never thought i'd see the day.

It was amazing the hypocrisy of the councils cleaning up Banksys pieces while painting over everyone elses. And Eine is a fucking legend, great to see him on screen!

Made me want to go out painting again :ph34r:

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