Banksy is a pseudonymous British graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.
You live in the city and all the time there are signs telling you what to do and billboards trying to sell you something.
Graffiti's always been a temporary art form. You make your mark and then they scrub it off.
Should graffiti be judged on the same level as modern art? Of course not: It's way more important than that.
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.
I wouldn't want to be remembered as the guy who contaminated a perfectly legitimate form of protest art with money and celebrities.
You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.
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.
People who get up early in the morning cause war, death and famine.
My main problem with cops is that they do what they're told. They say 'Sorry mate, I'm just doing my job' all the fucking time.
Think from outside the box, collapse the box and take a fucking knife to it.
People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly.
Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it.
People who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one
The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.
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.
Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world I can't even finish my second apple pie.
All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They've been used to start revolutions and to stop wars.
It's great, I guess, when your paintings are hanging up in a museum.
I love the way capitalism finds a place - even for its enemies.
I started painting graffiti in the classic New York style of big letters and characters but I was never very good at it.