You Are Not Banksy: Street Art Turns Real-Life

You may know of Banksy, a British street artist of unknown identity. Based mostly in England, where he has gained much fame and infamy, Banksy specialises in darkly comic satire, both social and political, which he presents through pieces of graffiti crafted with a technique involving spray paint and stensils. His work, which has appeared on brick walls and the sides of bridges, as well as in his very own public exhibitions, is often deeply subversive and highly comical: a piece depicting a pair of canoodling policemen and another displaying a flower-lobbing hooligan are among his most famous works.

If you enjoy Banksy’s work (if not, seek help), then you may be interested in British photographer Nick Stern’s new series, entitled “You Are Not Banksy.” The project sees Stern meticulously recreating a handful of Banksy’s masterpieces using real-life models and photographing their mimicking poses. The results are extraordinary. Stern himself is a fan of the elusive guerilla street artist: “I have always admired Banksy – I love his cheek and humour,” said the London-born photographer. “Much of art is a recreation or interpretation of real life, but this is the other way round – I wanted real life to recreate art. I hope he likes what I’ve done.”

Below is Stern’s series, along with Banksy’s iconic originals for comparison. [Read more…]

A Nasty Tattoo and Other Unusual Things

The Carina Nebula.

In this week’s “around the web” segment, ThisBlogRules ventures out into the furthest reaches of our galaxy, and other galaxies, by way of a trusty telescope; it turns out our universe can be pretty spectacular. We also take a look at some creepy abandoned water parks, one particularly nasty tattoo, and we examine the undying connection between nerds and spectacles. It’s all right here in our “around the web” special; just don’t stare at that tattoo for too long – it’ll give you nightmares. [Read more…]

Realistic Art On Street Walls

British street artist Boxi is becoming more popular everyday as he takes over the streets of Germany, one wall at a time. He is most commonly known for his haunting, post-apocalyptic work, but now his work more often shows the charming touches of humanity.

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This Blog Rules Goes Around the Interwebz


A creepy morgue via Environmental Graffiti

For a new TBR (This Blog Rules) segment, the TBR staff hopped on a TBR-branded plane and traveled around the web in search of intriguing blog posts. They searched near and far, and what they uncovered amazed even them. So, cozy up on your favorite couch, open an ice cold bottle of Pepsi (we’re a Pepsi nation here at TBR), grab a bag of steaming, buttered popcorn, and take a gander at the links below. Oh, one more thing: be sure to dip each kernel of popcorn into an Arnold Palmer before you eat it. Sounds kind of gross, but trust me–it’s delectable. [Read more…]

Brand Installations On Unusual Locations

The work of Italian artist Filippo Minelli can be described as something between work of art and reality. It’s not exactly street art, but something similar to that. He definitely draws attention with his painted words and logos that pop out from almost nowhere.

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