(Above:Blek le Rat)
Over decades graffiti has been frowned upon and painted over at the cost of the tax payer. Granted someone tagging there name on a train line is not the most attractive thing to look at, but for those who actually create a work of art should be acknowledged like any other artist. The most notorious graffiti artist of late has been Banksy. His identity has remaind a mystery for quiet some years now. The Sunday Mail claim to have outed him, people claim to know him but really know one knows. Over 500 of his works can be found over Englands streets and Underground with prints worth up to $450,000 gracing the walls of celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Combining humour and political topics Banksy creates thought provoking art for the average person on there way to work. Though dont think Banksy came up with the idea even he credits most of his works to another artist... Blek le Rat. A parisian considered the Godfather of stencil art was born in 1952, and after studing Art and Architecturehe took to the streets in the 80's.
"every time I think I've painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier".
Fafi, another parisian artist spread her sexy, whitty, fafinette's across the streets of Paris causing such interest that she began spreading her work to Tokyo, Europe and the USA. The Fafinette's have been transformed into a brand collaborating with Adidas, Coke and M.A.C and also featured in mayjor magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Yen.
So next time your on the train at 7:30 in the morning instead of getting out your news paper take a look out the window...... you never know what you might see.