Banksy has struck again…? Hipsters and press gathered around the large black wall of Bull Taco in Oceanside to marvel at a large painted rat and kite supposedly created by the secretive street artist Banksy.
Cameras flashed and the press scrambled for interviews similar to scenes around recent Banksy pieces in the street of Los Angeles, but the buzz in Oceanside seemed less about the social commentary or the easiest, and quickest, way to extract the art and get it up on Ebay and more about whether it truly was a Banksy… or a Fakesy.
Why it’s a FAKESY…
1. It lacks skill. Banksy has recently focused more on giving his pieces dimension where a stencil is used for the predominant black shadows of the piece. These blacks are usually sprayed over free hand shades of white and grays. This Oceanside design is flat and lacks the depth a skilled stencil artist like Banksy would use.
2. Inversed color flaw. The colors of the rat are inversed from the original design visible on “Exit Through the Gift Shop” promotional material. The inverse creates a design which seems flawed. Shadows become highlights and highlights become shadows. Have you ever seen a white shadow? Would Banksy really incorrectly alter his design to compensate for the color of the black background wall or would he choose a better design for his first piece in SD?
3. Visible Bridges. Take a good look at the image on the kite in the Oceanside piece and compare it to the images of the same design done in Los Angeles, the latter being authenticated by the Banksy. The obvious difference is the stencil bridges, or gaps, in the Oceanside piece at the wrist of the child and in the leg of the adult male figure. A flawless stencil hides “bridges” as seen in the authenticated piece in LA.
4. The Kite. The characters in the Oceanside kite are rounded and obviously different. Would Banksy use a different design as the ones in LA. Remember, Banksy is a professional and very detail oriented! The kite trail in the Oside piece also has bridges in the tail, as well as a off centered orange under layer visible by flawed registration in the string.
Why it’s a Banksy…
1. Recent work in LA. Banky has been busy in the streets of Los Angeles for the past weeks promoting his highly publicized Oscar nomination for his documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” He has hit LA hard and may be looking for a new canvas. Oceanside may have been a quick stop in route for SD?
2. High volume of traffic. The uncharacteristic sloppy and unskilled design might be due to the high volume of traffic on the busy highway 101. Banksy may have chosen the simple one color design much like his earlier work to cut the chance of being caught on video or arrested.
As of now, the authentication of the piece remains a mystery. Banksy enthusiasts and hipsters from far and near have been flocking to the site all day. Was this mural painted in connection with the Oceanside restaurant as a sad and unethical way to increase business or was it a true gift from Banksy to the community of Oceanside. Until Banksy releases it on his website, the truth will remain a highly guarded secret much like Banksy himself.
Do you think it is a Banksy or Fakesy? If fake, who do you think did it?