Posts Tagged ‘lazy fuck’

Explaining Why the “Haight Street Rat” Isn’t “as close as you can get to the intention that Banksy had”

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Here it is, back in 2010. That greenish building that used to be a bank housed Villains Vault at the time:

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Detail, camera left:

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A thin red line connects these two elements, one assumes.

Here’s the update:

Banksy’s ‘Haight Street Rat’ graffiti holes up in an S.F. gallery by Rachel Howard

Now let’s say that Banksy caught Villains Vault displaying and selling unlicensed Banksy reprints as well as stuff from other street artists, you know, flagrantly, back in 2010. So then Banksy was all enough is enough, so he was all THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE.

And then he drew the line.

So really, the line is the piece, instead of the rat, right?

So if you just have the rat, you’re missing part of the story, right?

So it’s not just The Rat In The Hat Comes Back, right? I’m not saying that Banksy is all that deep but he’s deeper than a simple put-a-beret-on-it.

Now I understand why that KRON guy just went for the rat, but to do this job “as close as you could get to the intention Banksy had,” you’d have gotten the rest of the piece.

Just saying.

Or, IOW:

“The original Haight Street Rat stencil is a beret-wearing rat clutching a marker and a red line that extends from the rat to the neighboring building on the corner of Haight Street and Belvedere Street. On the adjacent building, the rat has seemingly written the text “THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE” in red which can be seen from the street above a clothing store that allegedly took street artists’ works and printed them on T-shirts and other apparel for sale without giving the artists any credit or revenue.”

Or IOW:

“Named the Haight Street Rat for its placement atop a Victorian building on Haight Street, the stenciled rat clutching a red marker is now neatly framed and displayed in a location entirely unlike the one in which it was created: the lobby of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A., the city’s tallest tower and perhaps its most conspicuous symbol of capitalism. It’s a baffling venue for a piece of site-specific street art that initially wrapped across two buildings…

A New Delight From Banksy: Two-Building Rat Graffito in Haight Ashbury

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Or, I don’t know, maybe it’s another example of a Bunksy around town these days. (Doesn’t really matter that much unless the buildings’ owners want to cut it out and auction it off. Regardless, it’s effective viral marketing* from Cinetic Media / Abramorama / Paranoid Pictures LLC for Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film in’nt?) Moving on…

Via  SFist and the Uptown Almanac** comes news of fresh tag in the Upper Haight.

The mise-en-scene today at the foot of Belvedere:

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Detail, camera left:

Und camera right:

A thin red line connects these two elements.

You can see all the new ads on somebody’s SF Banksy Tour, Sunday, April 24th. (Don’t rely on these addresses, WharholianPics has better descriptions of the various locations, apparently)

“Ok this might be a tad cheesy but I’m excited to tour the city Sunday and check out the new works of Banksy.

Dolores Park (exact location unknown)
Mission (Valencia between 19th & 20th above Little Otsu)
SOMA (9th and Howard)
Financial District (Sacramento and Davis)
Chinatown (Grant and Commercial)
Haight St (above Villains Vault)”

Anyway, the movie is playing at the One Embarcadero these days.

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP  
87 Mins :: R
12:30 | 2:45 | 5:00 | 7:20 | 9:40

Enjoy.

* Here’s a good question:

“…do we really need significant P&A [Print & Advertising] when so much of what Banksy does is viral?”

No sir, no you do not. But check this bon mot, from 2008:

“The easiest way to not go viral is to try going viral.”

Appears as if they’re trying pretty damn hard in 2010.

**Is Scott Beale of Laughing Squid really a “fool” and/or a “lazy fuck?” Decidedly not. So it’s difficult trying to make sense of the following:

“… Laughing Squid needs me to do some research so that lazy fuck can just rip off this blog without credit.  Again.  Even anonymous dumbasses on ezboards.com are better at giving us hat tips than that fool.”

Must be an inside joke or something.