Why You So Obessed With Me? A Banksy Story

Some people criticize me for using sources that are a bit low brow (this quote is from 'Gladiator') but you know what? "I'm just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker" as Kelly Rowland said on the X Factor. -Banksy

(if you would like the music to accompany this post, look up Obsessed by Mariah Carey on itunes and enjoy)

It's no secret I obsess about things, shows, movies, events, people, decorating, whatever. I have a torrid history of obsessing. I decide I like something then I O.D. on it. Why else would I spend 5 years studying anything and everything pertaining to JRR Tolken and C.S. Lewis and get a LOTR tattoo? 

My recent obsession is Banksy the street artist. I watched Exit Through the Gift Shop last year and loved it, I also used one of his pieces for my Why I'm Not Such a Noisy Activist Anymore blog post without even realizing it was his art, (I found it online and I loved it so I used it).

Not until last week when I read an article about him selling his art work in Central Park for $60 a pop to unsuspecting shoppers did I really get bit with the curiosity and need-for-more-information gene I was born with thanks to my dad. That's when I started researching and obsession over Banksy's life and art.

I look at his stuff or read something he said and I'm like, "Wow, genius! Who thinks like that? Who sees that?" His quotes are thought provoking and they challenge convention.  He sees art in places that others don't and I absolutely love that.
This was a crack in a wall in New York, that had a flower growing out of it, so he painted this city scape of the twin towers around it.

I may have been called an anti-establishment revolutionary by a pastor friend but Banksy is truly that. He mocks pop culture and even more so the establishment.

His work and the space he occupies in the world right now speak to something deep inside me and I am a sponge soaking it all in!

Fresh inspiration, thanks Banksy!

Check out why I am so fixated,

Banksy in NYC


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