In London last week-end I went to see the latest â€œBanksyâ€ painted on the side of a house in Camden.Â His latest piece references â€œToxâ€ (a fellow graffiti artist living in Camden) who was recently convicted in court on a charge of Criminal Damage.Â Apparently, graffiti artistsâ€™ have a kind of â€œsignatureâ€ built into their work and this method of leaving a â€œcalling cardâ€ if you will, is referred to as â€œTaggingâ€.
In court, the judge dismissed Toxsâ€™ claim that he was a street artist and that he could not compare himself to the famous Banksy; â€œAs he did not have the artistic skillsâ€ !
So now that Banksy has endorsed or â€œtaggedâ€ one of his own pieces with the name â€œToxâ€ will the charges be dropped?
Within hours of this piece being done, it was quickly covered with a protective sheet of Perspex and a CCTV camera was mounted above! â€“ ironic really â€“ an illegal piece of street art being given itâ€™s own security cordon!