Banksy's "No Ball Games" Stencil in Tottenham

Banksy's No Ball Games

Hookedblog checked out this new stencil work by the elusive British street artist Banksy yesterday. Fantastic work and great to see everyone enjoying the piece, I had three extended conversations with locals about the pieces while I was taking some pictures. Lots of others kept stopping and asking if we knew who created the work or if we were or knew Banksy! Great to see the new work is encouraging the local community to stop and talk to each other.

I also had a long conversation with the guy who turned out to be the owner of the building on which the work had been spray painted onto. He had never heard of Banksy until Monday morning when one of his tenants in the building called him to say it had graffiti on it. Was asking us loads of questions, asking if we were journalists and if we knew whether it was a Banksy or not as it wasn't signed. He then pulled out a print out from the web about the sale of the Banksy wall in Portobello Road!! He had also been doing his research as he was showing me a post on the Slam Hype website on his Blackberry which had some of Romanywg pictures featured in it.

Banksy No Balls Games Stencil piece in North London

Another girl I spoke to was from some local community group and had some dealing with the council. She said the local council has already been out to see the stencil piece and she is pushing them to keep it and not remove it as she thought it was a fantastic piece and wanted it to stay for all to enjoy.

Will be interesting to see what happens to the piece, how long before the work is covered with a protective layer of perspex is now common with Banksy street pieces.
The new work is located in North London, at the corner of Tottenham High Road and Philip Lane.

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1 comment:

Ravish London said...


The cultural cache of street art, or at least of certain street
artists, has meant that street art has now become a commodity, of
considerable value, to be bought and traded, and to be treated as an
investment. The commodification and value of Banksy’s work, and the
absence of any successful attempt to prosecute Banksy, has meant that in
effect, he has been able to spray money on to peoples’ property. In
2008 Luti Fagbenle made £208,100 after putting up for auction a piece of
work, which Banksy had mounted on the wall of his Portobello Road
office. Now, when, someone finds a piece of street art on their
property, they may not necessarily first think about how much it will
cost to sandblast the graffiti away, rather they might first stop to
think about whether it is a Banksy, and how much they might get for it.

Now some people, rather than enjoying the aesthetics or experience of street art, want to know, "Who did the street
art? Was it Banksy?" See, for example, this message posted by Hooked on
the internet, "Checked out this new Banksy piece yesterday. Fantastic
work and great to see everyone enjoying the piece, had three long
conversations with random locals about the pieces while I was taking
some pictures. Lots of others kept stopping and asking if we knew who
did it or if we were Banksy! ".

The street art scene has
created – the coveter –some might call robber – whose mission it is to
rip street art off the street– so they can later sell it. That is to
say, the ‘interest’ promoted through fashionable circles and the
internet, has increased the relative value of the street art, such that
some, seeing social and/or financial capital to owning some of this
street art have started trying to take it home with them. Ossian Ward
writing about Banksy said, ‘Banksy’s signature stencils of kissing
coppers, flower-chucking terrorists and mischievous rats found on
doorways and side streets have become so sought-after that they are
being chipped out of walls and sold for ludicrous sums...’ Artist, Adam
Neate, who claimed to have left his art all over London, anonymously and
for free, explained to The Independent that after he had been asked to
do a gallery show, and had begun to make a name for himself, "An old man
on a bicycle with a basket used to follow me around picking up my
paintings. I had to change my route to avoid him."