If you don't tidy your spray cans you won't get any dinner.

A couple of days before I turned up back in London, the infamous Banksy had organised a big stencil-off in a cul-de-sac underneath Waterloo Station called Leake Street. But that is not the point of this tale.

I found out about this because a friend, Rugman, or Anthony to his mates had been asked by Banksy to do some work there, he’s a wizard with a stencil and has a penchant for clowns with guns. But that is not the point of this tale.

I went down to check them out, the main street had large artworks by some well know street vandals, and down the end there were literally hundreds of stencils, reminiscent of a Brunswick backstreet, but not so common in London with our heavy hand at installing CCTV. There had been some seriously talented people at work in this dank underpass. But that is not the point of this tale.

While I was there, I noticed a group of children being lead around, it took me a few seconds to realise they were on a school trip with their art teacher, and she was describing and explaining how to create and operate a stencil, I mentioned this to Anthony later that week, he said when he’d been there a group of preschoolers were being given water soluble paints and were stenciling on the ground. Clearly ensuring our streets will be colourful for generations to come. I think this is getting close to the point of this tale.

I can’t fathom how this sort of behaviour is nothing short of hypocritical. Transport officers are now trained in ‘Banksy spotting’ to make sure they don’t remove any of his work. But you’ll still get a hefty fine for carrying a spray can. It confuses the hell out of me.

Somebody extremely influential said recently that “…Banksy has democratised art. He’s making it more accessible, no longer a rich man’s painting club.” two years after Banksy had said “The art world is the biggest joke going, it’s a rest home for the over privileged, the pretentious, and the weak. And modern art is a disgrace – never have so many people used so much stuff and taken so long to say so little.” I genuinely wonder how he feels about all this now, the street art on the Tate Modern, the Moona Lisa at Sotherby’s.

I’ve decided now there was no point to this tale, it was a late night muse, apologies to anyone who wasted five minutes reading it, here are some pictures to amuse you.

I’m going to bed.

Here are the schoolkids.

This is a Banksy

This was actually the best thing there, plaster smashed off the wall.

This reminded me of RedBubble’s own Danny

I think this was a Banksy

This was one of my mate’s.

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