So over here at the DIFF we're pretty big fans of our hometown of Detroit. Thus, we write about it a lot. Its really just that we have so much pride in our city we can't seem to help ourselves.
But let's be honest here for a second. Detroit needs a bit of sprucing. And like most cities that need some work, we have a lot of graffiti. Now, I've always been a fan of graffiti – so long as its done with taste and art in mind. Senseless tagging is just vandalism. Anyway, I was reading an article from the Detroit News about this pretty famous street artist who, low and behold, made his way to our fine city. As it turns out, Banksy (the famous street artist) gave us one of his creations on a wall of a building about to be torn down. Unfortunately, there are some not so happy things going on as a result of that, but I'll let you read the detnews.com article to find all that out.
What I think is more interesting is the artist himself. Banksy is apparently a very under the radar street artist from London whose works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Pretty nice living, eh? He paints meticulous depictions of people and adds in some social commentary to go along with it. I went on over to his website and I must say, his work is kind of amazing. What's even more cool, is that he lets you print out his work from his website to make your own BanksyGear. What?!? Artists giving away their art? With all of the arguments out there about sharing music and movies and fear of copywrite infringement, I was really surprised. Not to mention, for us little people who can't imagine buying art for $100,000 or more, that's kind of a cool gift to pass on.
So mosey on over to the banksy.co.uk website and take a peek. Even if you aren't a fan of graffiti, you'll be impressed. I especially like the one he did in Detroit.