Banksy, the street artist who made a name for himself by painting stencils with a decidedly political commentary-lean on various walls around the world, is currently working on his "Better Out Than In" series...and at least one fan has caught up to him in order to chisel the art off the wall and take it home.
The latest piece--a relatively simple one of a beaver knocking down a parking sign--was discovered by a fan who immediately began working to remove it. Between fans who want a piece of a famous artist and rival artists who are covering up his images, Banksy has a fight on his hands this month as he puts up one new work a day around New York.
Apparently, some people are charging 5$ per view of the Banksy New York pieces, and many have taken to Twitter to discuss.
— J. Nicolas Reyero (@jnicolas_reyero) October 10, 2013
"I have to keep painting on the street to prove to myself it wasn't a cynical plan"--Banksy on his NY "residency" http://t.co/Nx9T5YU21a
— WBURartery (@WBURartery) October 10, 2013
Welcome to New York! RT @DCJosie Ironic that the new Banksy works are being graffitied over with in hours
— Allison (@AliRussellSmith) October 10, 2013
Dudes from east new york charging the Manhattan set to see banksy is the most poignant thing about his entire residency #banksyny
— Charles Eppley (@eppleyca) October 10, 2013