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29Feb/124

Banksy on advertising

“People are taking the piss out of you everyday.

They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small.

They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else.

They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate.

They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it.

They are “The Advertisers” and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them.

Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that.

Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours.

It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use.

You can do whatever you like with it.

Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing.

Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy.

They owe you.

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.”

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  • Ken Shinn

    Ah yes, Banksy, the daring rebel of upper-middle-class twits everywhere. Advertising himself with enormous “BANKSY” signatures on everything that his mediocre talent turns out, raking it in from spin-off coffee table books, postcards, prints, etc. Okay, he’s right to lambast advertising, but considering what an obnoxious self-publicist he is, then he’s hardly one to be talking. I hope that he was fuming when a graffiti artist with real taste and rebelliousness paintballed his rubbish “naked man hanging out of window” job. The only pity is that the anonymous critic didn’t ruin more of the pedestrian piece of shit.

    • Wayne Nix

      Yes, that’s what a shill for the ad industry would say. Well done, Mr. Draper.

  • Ken Shinn

    Ah yes, Banksy, the daring rebel of upper-middle-class twits everywhere. Advertising himself with enormous “BANKSY” signatures on everything that his mediocre talent turns out, raking it in from spin-off coffee table books, postcards, prints, etc. Okay, he’s right to lambast advertising, but considering what an obnoxious self-publicist he is, then he’s hardly one to be talking. I hope that he was fuming when a graffiti artist with real taste and rebelliousness paintballed his rubbish “naked man hanging out of window” job. The only pity is that the anonymous critic didn’t ruin more of the pedestrian piece of shit.

    • Yes, that’s what a shill for the ad industry would say. Well done, Mr. Draper.

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