View Full Version : brandalism

08-26-2007, 06:06 PM
I was watching the new Flaming Lips dvd (which is excellent, by the way), and I was disappointed to see that they had to blur out all of the superheroes. it really bothers me, and in response I thought I would post Banksy's rant 'brandalism'. super heroes aren't adverts, I think the principle still applies.

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you're not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They ar the Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It's yours to take, re-arrange, and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You ow the companies nothing. less than nothing, you especially don't owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don't even start asking for theirs.

08-26-2007, 06:09 PM
I love Banksy. This time-ish last year I heard about him for the first time (through this board, actually), and got lost looking for his exhibition in LA. It was a bummer.

08-26-2007, 07:45 PM
I first heard of Banksy when he did that Paris Hilton stunt with Danger Mouse.

Great first impression. If Banksy had some sort of rebel undergroup, I would join.

08-26-2007, 08:31 PM
Some guy did a presentation about him when I was in school like three years ago, and about two months ago I found his book at Borders for like $20.


08-26-2007, 08:39 PM

08-27-2007, 09:43 AM
he reminds me of tyler durden.

08-27-2007, 09:48 AM
He will sell out to Nike.

08-27-2007, 10:12 AM

I do see him going down that road with Nike or somebody similar.

08-27-2007, 12:00 PM