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Is Swindon street art a Banksy?

Swindon Advertiser: The piece of street art that one shopper believes could be the work of world renowned tagger Banksy The piece of street art that one shopper believes could be the work of world renowned tagger Banksy

A SHOPPER who happened by a small patch of graffiti believes it could be by the mysterious street artist Banksy.

Ronald Vickers, 67, of Liden, was on his way home from Sainsbury’s in Stratton when he spotted the mural, which he believes bears the hallmarks of the famous, nay infamous, Bristol-based tagger.

Ronald, a ‘quite big’ Banksy fan, said: “I think it could be genuine – it’s got a few of his little quirks like the clover and the colour in the lips. I don’t know what point it’s trying to make.

“It reminded me of the one of the little girl putting the flowers down with the grass and the clover. I also think he’s the type of person to spread himself about so maybe that’s why he’s come to Swindon.”

The problem is, though, the identity of the man himself is shrouded in mystery and many have attempted to imitate his distinctive stencil-style.

It’s obscure position, on the underpass that leads past the White Hart pub and runs underneath the A419, and small scale perhaps points to a faker.

Only last October the artist, or vandal depending on your perspective, was in New York for a month-long project.

And stories proliferate online on various news sites about similar stencil art appearing.

So it begs the question why Swindon and why now?

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12:40pm Wed 2 Apr 14

SomeoneWhoIsntMe says...

No. It isn't political, and it looks like crap. It is not a Banksy.
No. It isn't political, and it looks like crap. It is not a Banksy. SomeoneWhoIsntMe
  • Score: 23

2:00pm Wed 2 Apr 14

roberto5 says...

SomeoneWhoIsntMe wrote:
No. It isn't political, and it looks like crap. It is not a Banksy.
Not all of Banksy work is political. I doubt this is his though, but you never know.
[quote][p][bold]SomeoneWhoIsntMe[/bold] wrote: No. It isn't political, and it looks like crap. It is not a Banksy.[/p][/quote]Not all of Banksy work is political. I doubt this is his though, but you never know. roberto5
  • Score: 0

2:34pm Wed 2 Apr 14

SockPuppet says...

Definitely not.
Definitely not. SockPuppet
  • Score: 9

3:01pm Wed 2 Apr 14

whitein says...

not Banksy.
not Banksy. whitein
  • Score: 6

4:06pm Wed 2 Apr 14

twasadawf says...

Swindon Banksy would have wrote Just nick it
Swindon Banksy would have wrote Just nick it twasadawf
  • Score: 6

6:08pm Wed 2 Apr 14

madreeves says...

Not a Banksy I don't think. He's much cleverer. This one's not hard to decipher: they've just taken the Nike font and tagline and replaced the swoosh with lips to indicate - just do it (i.e. kissing I suppose).
Not a Banksy I don't think. He's much cleverer. This one's not hard to decipher: they've just taken the Nike font and tagline and replaced the swoosh with lips to indicate - just do it (i.e. kissing I suppose). madreeves
  • Score: 5

8:06pm Wed 2 Apr 14

PJC says...

No, just a poor copycat piece...
No, just a poor copycat piece... PJC
  • Score: 2

8:09pm Wed 2 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

one man's street art is another man's graffiti. for most it will be who cares!
one man's street art is another man's graffiti. for most it will be who cares! house on the hill
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Wed 2 Apr 14

skynet says...

Those ladies care just about as much as the rest of us.
Those ladies care just about as much as the rest of us. skynet
  • Score: 3

9:49pm Wed 2 Apr 14

timt1964 says...

its obviously a "fake",why would banksy come to an underpass in swindon to put this rubbish on the walls? do the people of swindon lie awake at night thinking of ways to clog up the adver with this tripe? "its got a clover and colour on the lips" must be genuine then,no other artist in living memory has used a clove in a picture or painted lips red!
its obviously a "fake",why would banksy come to an underpass in swindon to put this rubbish on the walls? do the people of swindon lie awake at night thinking of ways to clog up the adver with this tripe? "its got a clover and colour on the lips" must be genuine then,no other artist in living memory has used a clove in a picture or painted lips red! timt1964
  • Score: 2

8:16am Thu 3 Apr 14

semitonic says...

The problem with graffiti is all too often it's trying to be clever or make some kind of smart alec statement. It almost never succeeds though and just becomes plain old vandalism.
The problem with graffiti is all too often it's trying to be clever or make some kind of smart alec statement. It almost never succeeds though and just becomes plain old vandalism. semitonic
  • Score: 0

11:42am Sat 5 Apr 14

LionelHutz says...

If it is Banksy, he should be tracked down by the police and prosecuted.

This is a man, if he is a man, whose only talent is making vast sums of money for knocking out one monstrosity after another.
If it is Banksy, he should be tracked down by the police and prosecuted. This is a man, if he is a man, whose only talent is making vast sums of money for knocking out one monstrosity after another. LionelHutz
  • Score: -4

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