Bristol’s Banksy draws the Queen as Ziggy Stardust

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Street artist Banksy is believed to have stencilled a picture of the Queen as Ziggy Stardust to honour the Diamond Jubilee.

The graffiti expert is believed to be behind the painting, which shows the crown-wearing monarch sporting a jagged red stripe, just like the 1970s David Bowie creation. Her Majesty’s startling image – which sprang up as the country celebrated her 60 years on the throne – appeared on a wall previously used by Banksy…

A piece of street art purporting to be from the graffiti artist appeared on a London street in May. The picture, which shows a young boy of Asian origin hunched over a sewing machine, uses Union Jack bunting as an apparent nod to uniquely British celebrations.

So far, it has been interpreted variously as a comment on the upcoming Olympic celebrations, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and even the riots of last summer…

Created in Banksy’s conspicuous black-and-white style, the picture shows the little boy kneeling on the pavement and frowning in concentration while he works…

Banksy, who began showcasing his work in Bristol, is known for his satirical and subversive graffiti with underlying social commentary…

An artist of some controversy, his works have been much debated by councils and members of the public, in order to decide whether it should be removed as graffiti or left in situ as art.

I’m of two minds about graffiti – though not about Banksy. Most graffiti sucks and is useless vandalism from ego-smitten, no-talent scrawlers.

I have always supported the sub-group [like Banksy] which reflects public muralists as much as anything else. There’s a singificant different in intent, quality and talent.

2 thoughts on “Bristol’s Banksy draws the Queen as Ziggy Stardust

  1. Dave says:

    Very interesting work. I especially like the Asian boy at the sewing machine. One comment I’d like to make is that the jagged red stripe is from Bowie’s “Alladdin Sane” while Ziggy Stardust had a circle on the center of his forehead. Not complaining or trying to be a tosser, just thought I’d clarify.

  2. Corita Kent says:

    “Chester Bennington Memorial Mural Stops Traffic on L.A.’s 101 Freeway” “Local muralist Jonas Never, a former college baseball player-turned-artist, spent two days with spray cans and house paint, creating his tribute to the rocker that now looms just past the Coldwater Canyon exit, adorning the side of Rock’n Pies Pizza Co. on Riverside Drive.
    “I grew up listening to [Chester],” says the 35-year-old Venice, Calif., native, whose influences include the graffiti art and decks of Dogtown, Bulldog Skates, and the Seventh Letter collective that, in turn, had a profound effect on Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. “I used to take the pitching mound to the sound of ‘One Step Closer’ (off of debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’).”
    To see a portfolio of Never’s work, go to His Instagram tag is @never1959, named after the 1959 Edsel he bought after “making some money from my art.”

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