To quote Banksy over and over and .....
"People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish ... but that's only if it's done properly."
"Graffiti writers are not real villains. I am always reminded of this by real villains who consider the idea of breaking in someplace, not stealing anything and then leaving behind a painting of your name in four foot high letters the most retarded thing they ever heard of."
"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."
"I don't believe in anything. I'm just here for the violence."
"There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge."
"Some people represent authority without ever possessing any of their own."
"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."
"There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place."
"Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place."
"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"
"Once upon a time there was a bear and a bee who lived in a wood and were the best of friends. All summer long the bee collected nectar from morning to night while the bear lay on his back basking in the long grass. When winter came the bear realised he had nothing to eat and thought to himself 'I hope that busy little bee will share some of his honey with me.' But the bee was nowhere to be found - he had died of a stress induced coronary disease."
"People who get up early in the morning cause war, death and famine."
"A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to"
"All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?"
"The Art we look at is made by only a select few. A small group create, promote, purchase, exhibit and decide the success of Art. Only a few hundred people in the world have any real say. When you go to an Art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires."
"I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me."
"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."
"It's a very frustrated feeling you get when the only people with good photos of you work are the police department."
"Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, a city where everybody draws 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. "
"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?"
"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."
"I got home at last and crawled into bed next to my girlfriend. I told her I'd had an epiphany that night and she told me to stop taking that drug 'cos it's bad for your heart."
"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."
"People either love me or they hate me, or they don't really care."
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