The spectacle of advertising creates images of false beauty so suave and so impossible to attain that you will hurt inside and never even know where the hurt comes from, and in all the pictures now the famous people have already begun to look lost and lonely. – Robert Montgomery

Arguably the most controversial street artist in the world. With an identity still unknown, the anonymous English street artist and activist has become a cult hero for his anti-establishment artworks Here’s another fantastic comic strip by Zen Pencils illustrating ‘banksy on advertising’:

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“The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.” – Banksy

Do you agree with Banksy?

Or do you not mind being 'force-fed' advertising?
  • Sam

    Thankful for someone like him to say what so many people feel.

  • George

    Totally agree! Advertising is just another way to distract people from becoming better with there confidence, attitude with life and obsession with material things!

  • Nani

    “leaving us mainly with the slow and self obsessed”
    I don’t understand that. If you’re an intelligent human being you wouldn’t accept things at face value (advertisements).
    If you’re ambitious, congratulations, you’ve been able to concentrate long enough to accomplish goals that will bring you closer to your dreams. But if the things you want to accomplish involve you becoming one of the world’s elite without a plan to create global consciousness than you’re just as slow and self obsessed as the street artists Bansky is talking about, except you’re more financially stable.
    I guess intelligence, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.

    • Matthew Baker

      Interesting alternative. It seems really the big issue is that there is a lack of love in the world, between individuals… between artists.
      I agree, non-commercial artists have to work hard too. The putdown maybe over simplifies humanity, the “us versus them” mentality. The rich and the poor. Even so, such a simple division can be solved if some of us fortunate ones, to whom charity or good fortune has been given, spread it out to others. Lots of people work hard and make a pittance. Lots of people make a lot of money and work hard, too. Some don’t. This is more of a reminder for myself haha. I know it is difficult. Espescially when you work for your money. If love is at all anything real, not just chemicals swirling about, then it is worth it. If people are not just meaningless organisms but have inherent value, they are worth it. If there is a God, then it is worth it. If not, then we’re just snarling dogs with piles of meat we are trying to get at or protect from the rest of the world. Or snarling insecure artists. At least, I am afraid that is what I turn into sometimes. Anyways. Interesting comments and article. Hope yall have a good day. God Bless.