Banksy Quotes & Wallpapers

Banksy
Total Quotes: 138


T.V. has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress. Banksy

I have no interest in ever coming out. I'm just trying to make the pictures look good; I'm not into trying to make myself look good. And besides, it's a pretty safe bet that the reality of me would be a crushing disappointment to a couple of 15-year-old kids out there. Banksy

I don't know if street art ever really works indoors. If you domesticate an animal, it goes from being wild and free to sterile, fat and sleepy. So maybe the art should stay outside. Banksy

Live as a villain, die as a hero Banksy

I've learnt from experience that a painting isn't finished when you put down your brush - that's when it starts. The public reaction is what supplies meaning and value. Art comes alive in the arguments you have about it. Banksy

When you go to an art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires. Banksy

I think its pretty clear that film is the pre-eminent art form of our age. If Michaelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci were alive today they'd be making Avatar, not painting a chapel. Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it's probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it. Banksy

I don't think you should have to pay to look at graffiti. You should only pay if you want to get rid of it, Banksy

One Original Thought is worth 1000 Meaningless Quotes. Banksy

I think its pretty clear that film is the pre-eminent art form of our age. If Michaelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci were alive today they"d be making Avatar, not painting a chapel. Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it's probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it. Banksy

Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall - it's wet. Banksy

I originally set out to try and save the world, but now I'm not sure I like it enough. Banksy

I have no interest in ever coming out. I'm just trying to make the pictures look good; I'm not into trying to make myself look good. And besides, it's a pretty safe bet that the reality of me would be a crushing disappointment to a couple of 15-year-old kids out there. Banksy

In the future, everybody will be anonymous for 15 minutes. Banksy

Fight the fighters, not their wars. Banksy

Gaza is often described as 'the world's largest open air prison' because no one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons - they don't have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday. Banksy

I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me. Banksy

If you are dirty, insignificant and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model. Banksy

A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves. Banksy

All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw? Banksy

A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to. Banksy

I love the way capitalism finds a place - even for its enemies. Banksy

It's great, I guess, when your paintings are hanging up in a museum. Banksy

Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums, Banksy

All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They've been used to start revolutions and to stop wars Banksy

Is graffiti art or vandalism? That word has a lot of negative connotations and it alienates people, so no, I don't like to use the word 'art' at all. Banksy

I used to tell everyone I met to be an artist..... I don't do that any more. Banksy

Today's art has been cancelled due to police activity. Banksy

We do' need any more heroes; we just need someone to take out the recycling. Banksy

Traditional graffiti writers have a bunch of rules they like to stick to, and good luck to them, but I didn't become a graffiti artist so I could have somebody else tell me what to do. If you're the type who gets sentimental about people scribbling over your stuff, I suggest graffiti is probably not the right hobby for you. Banksy

My lawyer's opinion is that the cops might not actually be able to charge me with criminal damage any more - because theoretically my graffiti actually increases the value of property rather than decreasing it. That's his theory, but then my lawyer also believes wearing novelty cartoon ties is a good look. Banksy

The human race is the most stupid and unfair kind of race. A lot of the runners don't even get decent sneakers or clean drinking water. Some runners are born with a massive head start, every possible help along the way and still the referees seem to be on their side. It's not surprising a lot of people have given up compeating altogether and gone to sit in the grandstand, eat junk and shout abuse. What the human race needs is a lot more streakers. Banksy

People are fond of using military terms to describe what they do. We call it bombing when we go out painting, when of course it's more like entertaining the troops in a neutral zone, during peacetime in a country without an army. Banksy

Painting something that defies the law of the land is good. Painting something that defies the law of the land and the law of gravity at the same time is ideal. Banksy

Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else. Banksy

There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place. Banksy

Remember crime against property is not real crime. People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access. Banksy

Graffiti's always been a temporary art form. You make your mark and then they scrub it off. Banksy

Should graffiti be judged on the same level as modern art? Of course not: It's way more important than that. Banksy

There's obviously nothing wrong with selling your art - only an idiot with a trust fund would tell you otherwise. But it's confusing to know how far you should take it. Banksy

I just wanna make the world a better-looking place. If you don't like it, you can paint over it! Banksy

The art world is the biggest joke going. It's a rest home for the overprivileged, the pretentious, and the weak. And modern art is a disgrace - never have so many people used so much stuff and taken so long to say so little. Banksy

I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time. Banksy

Gaza is often described as 'the world's largest open air prison' because no one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons - they do' have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday. Banksy

I've never really understood why people sleep. Wasting a third of your life and becoming vulnerable for almost 8 hours every night. Doesn't seem very appealing to me. Banksy

If you want someone to be ignored then build a life-size bronze statue of them and stick it in the middle of town. It doesn't matter how great you were, it'll always take an unfunny drunk with climbing skills to make people notice you. Banksy

If at first you don't succeed, Call an airstrike. Banksy

If Michaelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci were alive today they'd be making Avatar, not painting a chapel. Banksy

This is a big surprise I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm prepared to make an exception for the ones I'm nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me. Banksy

Anyone who believes in capital punishment should be shot Banksy

Art is not like other culture because its success is not made by its audience. The public fill concert halls and cinemas every day, we read novels by the millions, and buy records by the billions. 'We the people' affect the making and quality of most of our culture, but not our art Banksy

The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal, Banksy

I know street art can feel increasingly like the marketing wing of an art career, so I wanted to make some art without the price tag attached. There's no gallery show or book or film. It's pointless. Which hopefully means something. Banksy

Brandalism Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. Banksy

I started painting graffiti in the classic New York style of big letters and characters but I was never very good at it. Banksy

But there's no way round it-commercial success is a mark of failure for a graffiti artist. We're not supposed to be embraced in that way. When you look at how society rewards so many of the wrong people, it's hard not to view financial reimbursement as a badge of self-serving mediocrity. Banksy

It doesn't take much to be a successful artist-all you need to do is dedicate your entire life to it. Banksy

The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Any fame is a by-product of making something that means something. You don't go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a sh*t. Banksy

When he time comes to leave, just walk away quietly and don't make any fuss. Banksy

I like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in - like peace and justice and freedom. Banksy

You can win the rat race but you're still a rat. Banksy

If you have a statue in the city centre you could go past it every day on your way to school and never even notice it, right. But as soon as someone puts a traffic cone on its head, you've made your own sculpture. Banksy

You owe the companies nothing. You especially don't owe them any courtesy. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don't even start asking for theirs. Banksy

I wouldn't want to be remembered as the guy who contaminated a perfectly legitimate form of protest art with money and celebrities. Banksy

Writing graffiti is about the most honest way you can be an artist. It takes no money to do it, you don't need an education to understand it, and there's no admission fee. Banksy

I wouldnt want to be remembered as the guy who contaminated a perfectly legitimate form of protest art with money and celebrities. Banksy

You don't need planning permission to build castles in the sky Banksy

People who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one Banksy

Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it' s a tool; "I'll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw". I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that? Banksy

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss. Banksy



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