Red Hook’s New Banksy Street Art Has Already Been Defaced

c/o Heather Phelps-Lipton
c/o Heather Phelps-Lipton

Now do you see why we can’t have nice things?

So this really didn’t take long at all, but the new Banksy art that the artist only just put up in Red Hook has already been ruined. This was brought to our attention by photographer Heather Phelps-Lipton, Red Hook resident, who posted the photo above on her Instagram, captioning it “Argh!” The painting, which was done on King Street, was only revealed by Banksy this morning, but tagger OMAR NYC hit it pretty damn quickly. Which, we guess is the nature of these things. We still can’t help but feel like it’s a bit of a shame that this was the best anyone could do. If you’re going to deface something, show some panache, you know? This just looks sloppy.

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    • it’s a piece of crap tag. it’s not art, it’s more like pissing on a hydrant. omar nyc has bragging rights to being an idiot and that’s about it.

      • Yeah, but the whole history of graffiti is about tagging. Just because the “art” or graffiti is by Banksy doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tagged. I think Banksy would approve of this.

        • i think that would be an interesting discussion, what he thinks of the almost immediate tagging.

          i’m not particularly a fan of bansky, but what i do like about his work is that it’s playful, it stands out, and again, in the pissing contest culture of tagging, it doesn’t rely on covering up someone else’s work.

  1. Taggers mistakenly think of themselves as artists. There is a difference. Graffiti is territorial pissing. Some graffiti “pieces” are great art, but most graffiti is like Omar NYC’s amateur tagging trash from guys who couldn’t approximate actual art. Tagging is usually petty and boring.


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