Banksy Manifesto.

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on Jan 23, 2013
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Love this manifesto. It’s like a breath of fresh air when my work is done in a crowded, greedy, hungry marketplace that has been overtaken by would-be heroes who want money and fame, not honesty…a group of marketeers of themselves and corporations who have helped calcify and twist what used to be caring for our earth, genuinely helpful spirituality, practicing yoga instead of buying it. May elephant be of benefit! ~ Ed.

“There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.” ~ Banksy


Banksy also “stole” part of this letter. See comments, Reddit.



A letter from Banksy.

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small.

They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it.

They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck That.

Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you.

They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.


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8 Responses to “Banksy Manifesto.”

  1. Locayoga says:

    It feels like Banksy is channeling Tyler Durden:

    “We’re consumers. We are bi-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear.”

    “I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars.”

    “Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.”

    Fight for your right to own your own manifesto

  2. sara says:

    He is the new Warhol. A Warhol that is less vague. He is Warhol 2.0

  3. Genna says:

    … or how about one of my favorite Dylan songs ("It's Alright, Ma, I'm Only Bleeding"):

    "… Advertising signs they con
    You into thinking you’re the one
    That can do what’s never been done
    That can win what’s never been won
    Meantime life outside goes on
    All around you

    You lose yourself, you reappear
    You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
    Alone you stand with nobody near
    When a trembling distant voice, unclear
    Startles your sleeping ears to hear
    That somebody thinks they really found you

    A question in your nerves is lit
    Yet you know there is no answer fit
    To satisfy, insure you not to quit
    To keep it in your mind and not forget
    That it is not he or she or them or it
    That you belong to…"

    The fire of this song has never dimmed for me. Comes to mind often in our constantly pushing and judging world these days.

  4. @SammyCaplan says:

    This is so well said. It makes me wonder about the purpose of our goals, particularly the ones that claim to want to make the world a better place. If that's truly the fuel behind the fire, then is the ultimate goal then not to share our tools for success with the whole world as well? What are we trying to accomplish by owning our good ideas? More success? Where is the line between greed and need? Is there one? And ultimately, if you share a goal with someone else, and they achieve it first, why does that make us jealous or [insert negative verb]? Whenever that happens I get this sinking feeling I am cheating myself, both of watching the glory it is to see this goal accomplished and of pursuing my goal.

  5. LoriP says:

    Greed…some people always want more than the next guy…so, there will be no sharing by all. There will always be this type of thing as long as one guy has something the other guy wants…,

  6. Vickie says:

    I couldn't help noticing the juxtaposition of this article along side a boxes of advertisements trying to sell me somethings.

  7. the scrapsisters says:

    How on earth did you ever get permission to use "their" font?

  8. maxipants says:

    This is falsely attribute to Banksy, my dears. These are the musings of one Sean Tejaratchi, and taken from an early edition of Crap Hound. Tejaratchi posts to to his tumblr account regularly, a visit there will enlighten one to his subvertising mind.