Banksy Fever Continues!

Are we over Banksy Fever? Ariel Dovas thinks “maybe”, but our top posts list says, “nope”.

Well, maybe it’s just Banksy Light-Cough at this point, but two new alleged Banksy pieces were discovered this weekend in places San Franciscans don’t go to very often: North Beach and Alcatraz:

On Columbus and Broadway

(via Toasted Blog)

On Alcatraz Island (!!!)

(via Uptown Almanac)

Finally, it looks like the folks who were blessed with Banksy’s “doctor” piece have realized it’s artistic merit (or business potential) and started cleaning up the vandalism it suffered last week at the hands of otter and others:

'It's very hard to get it'

(via SFist)

5 Responses to “Banksy Fever Continues!”

  1. suckerpunch says:

    Is it possible to vandalize vandalism? Isn’t the very nature of graffiti that is all temporary anyways? Why are we elevating one “artist” over the others?

    • butthroat says:

      I don’t understand the double standard. This past christmas, this banksy guy stenciled over a 25 year old ROBBO piece in London. Why is it that when his shit gets the same (dis)respect he gives, its a tragedy amongst what i thought were respectable SF blogs with at least some grasp on the graffiti culture.

      On a related note, all graffiti may be street art, but not all street art is graffiti.

  2. Void says:

    The one over Amnesia has already been tagged.

  3. daveH says:

    San Franciscans don’t go to North Beach very often? Well OK. I guess that means all the people who LIVE in North Beach aren’t actual San Franciscans then.

  4. Ramón says:

    You’re chasing your tail when you ask why some graffiti gets tagged or painted over while other stuff doesn’t. First, look at some pieces that have actually been up for a long time. In fact there’s one that has been up longer than some of the readers of this blog have been alive. Jimi on Haight, Carmen on Fillmore, the stuff on Webste at Haight, stuff on Bryant; it’s a long list of pieces that are untouched.
    Some stuff has the unspoken collective respect because they are political, social, comical or iconic. Other stuff looks like shit the day after it’s thrown up.
    Plenty of Banksy’s stuff is either cynical, sarcastic, political or makes a social statement; maybe that’s why he’s garnered so much respect.

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