(Obviously this blog does not condone crime in any form but likes to muse on the subject).
I have just got the Banksy book from Captain John and I was interested in the way in which he had been positioned, not as an artist, but as someone to be seen as illegal.
Yet as he says in his book,
Graffiti is not the lowest form of art. Despite having to creep about at night and lie to your mum it's actually the most honest artform available. There is no elitism or hype, it exhibits on some of the best walls a town has to offer, and nobody is put off by the price of admission.
Certainly my children love to spot a Banksy as we live where he lives in Hackney, North London, like this one, five minutes from where we live.
Banksy makes our lives better, not worse.
Like this one, on our local bus stop wall where we sit and wait.
Banksy goes further than saying that what he does is not criminal he says that
The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the companies that scrawl their giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff.