People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly.— Banksy
Delighting Wall And Piece quotations
Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint.
Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.
Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place.
Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.
There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.
A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.
Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You'll know it's there, so you're going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.
A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves.
Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else.
I must fling myself down and writhe; I must strive with every piece of force I possess; I bruise and batter myself against the floor, the walls; I strain and sob and exhaust myself, and begin again, and exhaust myself again; but do I feel pain? Never. How can I feel pain? There is no place for it.
Nobody ever listened to me until they didn't know who I was
When you go to an art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires.
If you want to say something and have people listen then you have to wear a mask. If you want to be honest then you have to live a lie.
Remember crime against property is not real crime.
People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access.
What Wall Street and credit card companies are doing is really not much different from what gangsters and loan sharks do who make predatory loans. While the bankers wear three-piece suits and don't break the knee caps of those who can't pay back, they still are destroying people's lives.
Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.
A man doesn't borrow pieces of his body.
A building doesn't borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window and stairway to express it.
I want to make the world a better place, for women, mainly.
I like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in - like peace and justice and freedom.
People who get up early in the morning cause war, death and famine.
A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.
It's a very frustrated feeling you get when the only people with good photos of you work are the police department.
I spent maybe a week all day every day working on the wall, my first legal wall because I was just so excited and it was nice to be able to chill and relax and work on the piece instead of doing it quickly and running from the cops or whatever. Then it just really grew from there. Other people saw it and appreciated the skill.
Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world I can't even finish my second apple pie.
Brandalism Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
I'd been painting rats for three years before someone said 'that's clever it's an anagram of art' and I had to pretend I'd known that all along.
Some people represent authority without ever possessing any of their own.
And I like the idea of change. Because I don't see why we should hang a painting on the wall and then just not think of it anymore because it's there like a piece of furniture.
We can't do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles.
In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves.
And having suffered for part of the war when I was a child.
I was too young to really understand what was going on but one of my favorite pieces of animation now is that Goodbye Blue Sky in The Wall because that deals directly with that period in time.
For me, the canvas is an abstract interpretation of a wall.
It's a piece of art with its own history, one that alludes to the passage of time and to the theater of life.
I wish the iPhone people would design one that's black and has two pieces, and it plugs into the wall and you can pick one piece up and talk into it. I tell you, the whole time I had one of those old-fashioned plug-in phones, not once did I misplace it.
We don’t need any more heroes; we just need someone to take out the recycling.
People either love me or they hate me, or they don't really care.