Better Out Than In: Banksy Vs. New York City's Hucksters, Skeptics, Kids and Dogs

Abby Zimet

Now about midway through a month-long "residency" on the streets of New York, Banksy's daily works have sparked the diverse reactions you'd expect from the city: big crowds, local artists painting over his stuff, two guys charging 20 bucks to take pictures of his stuff, kids crying at his "Sirens of the Lambs" meat truck packed with squealing stuffed animals en route to the slaughterhouse, sharp-eyed observers excitedly tweeting they'd found Banksy and/or his warehouse, and a dog peeing on his 9/11 tribute (with a crowd taking pictures.) His best prank: setting up a booth in Central Park selling original Banksy works, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, for 60 bucks. At (slow) day's end, the bored guy manning the booth had made four sales (one for a hard-bargained-for 50% discount) totalling $420. Lesson: branding is all.


This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

Share This Article