Los Angeles Trashes Priceless Banksy Street Art
Daily Mail - When street artist Banksy arrived in Los Angeles earlier this week, he wasted no time in making his mark on the city. The elusive artist – who is nominated for an Oscar for his 2010 documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop – is suspected of being behind a number of Banksy-style piece which have appeared on walls and billboards in the city in recent days. Among these was a depiction of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, which sees Mickey downing a cocktail and putting his arm provocatively around a scantily-clad model, which appeared on a billboard above a petrol station on Sunset Strip. According to the celebrity website TMZ.com, the image caused great excitement, with a stream of fans visiting the area to admire the work. However not everybody is such a big fan, it seems. Officials removed the poster from the billboard the following day, despite the site reporting that the petrol station owners had offered to pay $10,000 for it.
So if you don’t know who Banksy is then you must be living under a rock. This dude is everywhere right now since being nominated for an Oscar. If you’re oblivious to who Banksy is, he’s a graffiti artist that specializes in stencil work, usually with political or cultural undertones. He’s basically the Picasso of street art because people freak the fuck out when one of his pieces pop up. That’s why Los Angeles is fucking retarded. They have a gas station offering them 10k and don’t think to themselves, “hmmm…maybe they’re onto something here?” Banksy’s art usually only lasts a few days before someone tags over them or tears them down. So this thing is literally priceless. In a few years any kind of official art this guy put out will be worth millions. His art galleries around the world already earn him $100k. I’m actually stunned that this was trashed. I guess when the Lakers start playing like ass the whole city gets pissed and starts damaging priceless pieces of art.