Graffiti Wars (Banksy vs King Robbo)

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Art, Culture, Videos

Published on September 14, 2011 with No Comments">No Comments

British TV recently enjoyed an awesome documentary in the form of ‘Graffiti Wars.’ When Banksy went over the oldest remaining piece of graffiti in London to incorporate it into a piece of his own, it was on. Channel 4 documents the whole conflict in this 50-minute film.

In London over the past 18 months the tension between the camps has played out in a battle of spray cans between freehand graffiti writer King Robbo and his nemesis, the stencil-using street artist Banksy. The graffiti war between the two men began in the early 90s but was re-ignited by what was widely seen as an unforgiveable transgression of strict graffiti rules by Banksy. It was an act that pulled 80s legend King Robbo out of retirement to retaliate in the place where it all began, the streets. The film goes behind enemy lines as the war escalates, until tragic and unforeseen circumstances bring about an unexpected ceasefire.

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1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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