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->''A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.''
-->--'''Banksy'''

Banksy is a famous artist, most well-known for his stencil-based graffiti. He was born in Bristol, England in the mid '70s. That's really all we know about him. Any photo we have of him is [[TheFaceless obscured.]] Despite this he has become quite popular, sold paintings, put on gallery shows, in 2005 released a photo book of his work, ''Wall and Piece'', and in 2010 made an Oscar-nominated documentary film, ''Film/ExitThroughTheGiftShop''. He has also been immortalized in the Music/TheyMightBeGiants song "Celebration".
-->''I see that Banksy left a post-it note, for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_(group) Anonymous]], for Anonymous.''

His work is often politically charged and rather funny. He's been compared to Creator/AndyWarhol for their similar sense of humor. You can see more of his work [[http://www.banksy.co.uk/ here.]]

!!! "Exit Through The Trope Shop":
* AnachronismStew:
** His famous "Caveman With Shopping Cart" painting, which he snuck into the British Museum.
** "Boudicca with wheel clamp". [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Just the bronze statue of Boudicca with a wheel clamp on the chariot.]]
* AntiVillain: While he is doing illegal artwork and many cite him as menace to society, many love his art and talk about him like Robin Hood. In fact he might be an AntiHero at this point.
* BaitAndSwitchComparison
-->"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."
* BitingTheHandHumor: After one of his paintings broke records at an auction he auctioned off a piece called "I Can't Believe You Morons Buy This Shit."
** Managed to take this to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX1iplQQJTo new levels]] with his CouchGag for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* CanisLatinicus: He's dabbled in it. For example, his pen name in "Caveman with Shopping Cart" is Banskymus Maximus.
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Eagleland}}: Invoked type 2 with a poster in Britain reading "Americans working overhead" along with silhouettes of some soldiers and a Black Hawk helicopter.
* EatTheRich: Used the phrase in one of his works [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3440/3965058479_9ac1fbedf5_z.jpg with his own humorous slant.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Banksy [[http://www.artnet.com/Magazine/reviews/laplaca/Images/laplaca8-25-5.jpg loves]] to paint monkeys. His mask is a smoking monkey as seen above.
* TheFaceless: There are no confirmed pictures of Banksy, despite the fact he's a world renowned artist.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: "GUARDED 24 HOURS (by a drowsy fat bloke reading pornography)"
* HiddenInPlainSight: He claimed this is how he can get away with what he does in such a surveillance-centric culture as modern Britain. Dressing up in black and sneaking around in the dead of night is far more likely to get you noticed than standing there in broad daylight in a high-vis tabard.
* HypocriticalHumor
-->"We canít do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves."
** His list of people who should be shot: "Fascist thugs, religious fundamentalists, people who write lists telling you who should be shot."
* IndyPloy: Banksy intended to paint "Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge" in Spanish in animal enclosures in the Barcelona zoo. Upon realizing he lost the note he had the translation on, he just painted some tally-marks to make the animals look like bored prisoners.
* IwoJimaPose: Has appeared in not [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lUIbQFSCMpA/S-PQlI-ZZpI/AAAAAAAAANY/pnZBJ1kwkRo/s1600/iwojima.jpg one]] but [[http://s2.e-monsite.com/2010/01/07/03/resize_550_550//banksy-iwo-jima.jpg two]] of his works.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: ''Wall and Piece'' is presumably a reference to ''Literature/WarAndPeace''.
* LoveItOrHateIt: [[invoked]] "People either love me or they hate me, [[SubvertedTrope or they don't really care]]."
* LoversLedge: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Banksy-ps.jpg This]] painting is a good example.
** Made doubly hilarious by the fact that it's painted on a wall of a sexual health clinic.
* MyBelovedSmother: "Lots of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Done near the end of ''Film/ExitThroughTheGiftShop'' [[spoiler: when Mr. Brainwash becomes an artist.]]
* NoPeripheralVision: Pointed out in ''Wall and Piece''. The fact that cops often have some sort of visor that exacerbates the human habit of not looking up is a huge boon to Banksy.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His real name was said to be Robin Banks[[note]]Robin Banks? Like robbin' banks? Yeah, right. As if the name hadn't already been used by two separate [=DJ=]s anyway.[[/note]] or Robin Gunningham, but we can't know for certain.
* PatrioticFervor: Denounced. "Those who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one."
* ReclusiveArtist: Part of the reason he's so popular.
* RefugeInAudacity: Putting up his painting in the Louvre without being caught.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: A rat that's [[http://www.globalgraphica.com/sneakers/Banksy-loves-NY-3.jpg three stories tall.]]
* RuleAbidingRebel: [[invoked]] A poster stating "Graffiti Artists Must Report To Reception Before Starting Work".
* SelfDeprecation: Constantly, when asked to comment on a guess at his identity he said this:
-->"I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being 'good at drawing' doesn't sound like Banksy to me."
* ThoseWackyNazis: Inserted into the otherwise unexceptional landscape painting "The Banality of the Banality of Evil".
* {{Watershed}}: Possibly unintentional example. One of Banksy's stencils shows Queen Bessie shoving her cooch into a poor girl's face. Whenever he painted it, it would quickly be removed...with the exception of one installment on a shop shutter, meaning the painting can only be seen after 9:00 PM when the shop closes.
* WeirdnessCensor: Banksy, like most graffiti artists, uses this to his advantage. There are several photos of Banksy painting in the middle of the day with no one caring.
-->"The easiest way to become invisible is to wear a day-glo vest."