Has a Banksy appeared in Southampton?

Daily Echo: Has a Banksy appeared in Southampton? Has a Banksy appeared in Southampton?

PASSERS-by have been doing double takes at this piece of urban artwork that has appeared in Southampton.

The stencilled image on the wall of a derelict building in Asylum Road left people wondering if guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy has once again left his mark on the city.

Rob Jones, 21, manager of the nearby Alexandra pub in nearby Bellevue Road, said: “It definitely looks like Banksy’s work, but who knows? I really hope it is.”

However, experts have been quick to dismiss speculation that the graffiti could have been done by Banksy.

Tristan Manco, a Bristol-based art expert, author, graphic designer and lecturer, said: “I would say this is 100 per cent not a Banksy. It’s too simply cut, not drawn well enough, terrible legs and feet, badly over-sprayed and under-sprayed.

“There is no ironic humour or double meaning to it. In short, not a bad attempt at a stencil but not comparable to a real Banksy.”

Back in 2010 Banksy left the image of a child, under the slogan “no future” on a residential wall in Bevois Valley. The piece was valued at £20,000 before it was wrecked by vandals.

This latest artwork is the image of a policeman with the tagline “Have a nice day”.

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7:23am Fri 12 Apr 13

chrisja says...

Of course it sodding isn't... lol some people are so gullible.
Of course it sodding isn't... lol some people are so gullible. chrisja

8:25am Fri 12 Apr 13

St Retford says...

I'm glad someone's had a crack, though. Street art is amazing. More people should pick up a spray can and get creative.
I'm glad someone's had a crack, though. Street art is amazing. More people should pick up a spray can and get creative. St Retford

9:29am Fri 12 Apr 13

mr.southampton says...

Definitely not a Banksy. Nothing like his other pieces.
Definitely not a Banksy. Nothing like his other pieces. mr.southampton

9:33am Fri 12 Apr 13

Murray mint says...

Gob smacked, how can something sprayed on a public wall be valued. Terrible feet, doubt it, plod doesn't do the beat anymore apparently!
Gob smacked, how can something sprayed on a public wall be valued. Terrible feet, doubt it, plod doesn't do the beat anymore apparently! Murray mint

9:37am Fri 12 Apr 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

St Retford wrote:
I'm glad someone's had a crack, though. Street art is amazing. More people should pick up a spray can and get creative.
Better than someone on crack, spraying obscenities and those stupid and tasteless tags.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I'm glad someone's had a crack, though. Street art is amazing. More people should pick up a spray can and get creative.[/p][/quote]Better than someone on crack, spraying obscenities and those stupid and tasteless tags. OSPREYSAINT

10:21am Fri 12 Apr 13

David Icke says...

If anyone's ever in any doubt about the originality of a 'Banksy' just look at his website. When the first one appeared in Portswood a few years ago it was on there the next morning.
If anyone's ever in any doubt about the originality of a 'Banksy' just look at his website. When the first one appeared in Portswood a few years ago it was on there the next morning. David Icke

11:12am Fri 12 Apr 13

St Retford says...

That one is Portswood was brilliant. It's a shame someone destroyed it but I guess that's the nature of medium.
That one is Portswood was brilliant. It's a shame someone destroyed it but I guess that's the nature of medium. St Retford

11:23am Fri 12 Apr 13

bigfella777 says...

Quick,knock the wall down and ship it to NYC and auction it.
Quick,knock the wall down and ship it to NYC and auction it. bigfella777

12:02pm Fri 12 Apr 13

massimoosti says...

Rob would be better spending his time getting the pumps in his pub working again so he can offer and sell pints rather than messing around in a coppers party hat next to a poorly executed stencil copy
Rob would be better spending his time getting the pumps in his pub working again so he can offer and sell pints rather than messing around in a coppers party hat next to a poorly executed stencil copy massimoosti

12:05pm Fri 12 Apr 13

simaster says...

Not as good as the tag on the now closed Blockbuster video shop...PIRATE BAY in big yellow letters!
Not as good as the tag on the now closed Blockbuster video shop...PIRATE BAY in big yellow letters! simaster

1:41pm Fri 12 Apr 13

userds5050 says...

David Icke wrote:
If anyone's ever in any doubt about the originality of a 'Banksy' just look at his website. When the first one appeared in Portswood a few years ago it was on there the next morning.
Dunno about that. The one in Portswood was there for weeks before any one realised it was a Banksy.
[quote][p][bold]David Icke[/bold] wrote: If anyone's ever in any doubt about the originality of a 'Banksy' just look at his website. When the first one appeared in Portswood a few years ago it was on there the next morning.[/p][/quote]Dunno about that. The one in Portswood was there for weeks before any one realised it was a Banksy. userds5050

2:13pm Fri 12 Apr 13

mr.southampton says...

Saying \ll this I do laugh at the double standards of publications like the Echo. If it was just ordinary graffiti they'd be condemning it as an act of vandalism using words like 'daubed' or 'scrawled' to describe it, but just because it looks vaguely like a Banksy it's a chance for a light-hearted piece with accompanying jaunty photo.

As it blatantly isn't a Bansky doesn't this put the Echo in some kind of existential dilemma?
Saying \ll this I do laugh at the double standards of publications like the Echo. If it was just ordinary graffiti they'd be condemning it as an act of vandalism using words like 'daubed' or 'scrawled' to describe it, but just because it looks vaguely like a Banksy it's a chance for a light-hearted piece with accompanying jaunty photo. As it blatantly isn't a Bansky doesn't this put the Echo in some kind of existential dilemma? mr.southampton

4:06pm Fri 12 Apr 13

Zexagon says...

Before it was wrecked by vandals? So if I sprayed a picture on someones wall it wouldnt be classed as vandalism?
Before it was wrecked by vandals? So if I sprayed a picture on someones wall it wouldnt be classed as vandalism? Zexagon

4:07pm Fri 12 Apr 13

Zexagon says...

Sorry mr Southampton didn't see your post till after I'd posted
Sorry mr Southampton didn't see your post till after I'd posted Zexagon

10:55pm Fri 12 Apr 13

David Icke says...

userds5050 wrote:
David Icke wrote: If anyone's ever in any doubt about the originality of a 'Banksy' just look at his website. When the first one appeared in Portswood a few years ago it was on there the next morning.
Dunno about that. The one in Portswood was there for weeks before any one realised it was a Banksy.
When Banksy creates his work he displays it on his website. So what i'm saying is if it's an original it will be there, if it's a copy, it wont.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David Icke[/bold] wrote: If anyone's ever in any doubt about the originality of a 'Banksy' just look at his website. When the first one appeared in Portswood a few years ago it was on there the next morning.[/p][/quote]Dunno about that. The one in Portswood was there for weeks before any one realised it was a Banksy.[/p][/quote]When Banksy creates his work he displays it on his website. So what i'm saying is if it's an original it will be there, if it's a copy, it wont. David Icke

12:52am Sat 13 Apr 13

userds5050 says...

David Icke wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
David Icke wrote: If anyone's ever in any doubt about the originality of a 'Banksy' just look at his website. When the first one appeared in Portswood a few years ago it was on there the next morning.
Dunno about that. The one in Portswood was there for weeks before any one realised it was a Banksy.
When Banksy creates his work he displays it on his website. So what i'm saying is if it's an original it will be there, if it's a copy, it wont.
I appreciate that but Banksy doesn't update his website on a daily basis. People don't usually pay graffiti a lot of mind until they think it's a Banksy. The No Future mural was there for at least a few weeks before it ended up on his site.
[quote][p][bold]David Icke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David Icke[/bold] wrote: If anyone's ever in any doubt about the originality of a 'Banksy' just look at his website. When the first one appeared in Portswood a few years ago it was on there the next morning.[/p][/quote]Dunno about that. The one in Portswood was there for weeks before any one realised it was a Banksy.[/p][/quote]When Banksy creates his work he displays it on his website. So what i'm saying is if it's an original it will be there, if it's a copy, it wont.[/p][/quote]I appreciate that but Banksy doesn't update his website on a daily basis. People don't usually pay graffiti a lot of mind until they think it's a Banksy. The No Future mural was there for at least a few weeks before it ended up on his site. userds5050

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