Banksy, known as the obscure street artist whose one of a kind mural’s make headlines every time they pop-up, has made his way back to New York City. His first NYC mural in over three years was spotted on October 1st on Allen St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Though many are quick to call street art vandalism in and of itself, taggers and pop art buffs couldn’t get enough.
Unfortunately, as quickly as the mural went up, it was taken down just as fast. According to The Huffington Post, this mural was the first of what Banksy calls his “attempt to host an entire show on the streets of New York.” The image depicted a boy standing on top of another boy reaching for a bottle of spray paint in an image that states “Graffiti Is a Crime”.
Overnight, the mural was covered with white paint wiping out Banksy’s work completely. Luckily that didn’t keep Banksy down because he following day he painted another piece entitled West Side that reads “This is my New York accent … I normally write like this.”
The long string of murals that are set to show up around the streets of New York City are essentially an exhibit Banksy is calling “Better Out Than In.” To go along with the murals, the elusive artist set up a 800 number (1-800-656-4271) for fans to call and get the audio that goes along with a specific work of art. For the erased piece, you would click #1, for West Side, click #2, and so on.