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Famed graffiti artist sparks art war in London

on Thursday,December 31,2009 23:12

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Most societal groups based on a shared activity have their own sense of what is right and what is wrong within their own community, and graffiti artists are no different. Therefore, when a well-known artist defames another''s it doesn''t sit well with the community at large.

This was the situation earlier in the year when noted iconoclast Banksy, infamous for his at times caustic but frequently daring artistic style, defaced a famous mural from noted rival Robbo that has graced the walls of the Regent''s Canal in North London since 1985.

The bold yellow wall emblazoned with Robbo''s signature, or tag, was partially covered in a flat gray matt with the image of a workman taking down the mural painted over it in a photorealistic design typical of Banksy''s work.

In retaliation, Robbo again altered the mural to make it appear as if the workman were painting "King Robbo" on the wall instead, paying homage to the legendary British artist rather than disparaging him.
The incident provoked a wave of retaliation online, as supporters of Robbo flooded message boards and forums with attacks on what was viewed as Banksy''s disrespect.

"Someone who''s been around as long as Banksy should know the drill by now," says one poster quoted by 9News.

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