Stenciled on a bright pink canvas, Banksy’s monochrome grandmas appear to be aging arbiters of reliability and domesticity. The only hint to the contrary is a dripping pool of paint that hangs from the cozy lampshade. But look a little closer and these old dears are not knitting a bombastic Christmas sweater or a limp scarf. ‘Punk’s Not Dead’ and ‘Thug for Life’ are emblazoned on the woolly jumpers they so lovingly knit. These two phrases, both representative of the two English speaking peoples separated by an ocean, and their proud national subcultures, speak to an aging generation of urban radicals who have suddenly found themselves with children and grandchildren. The piece also speaks to the normalization of youth rebellion, with statement-shirts for sale in major high street chains; perhaps these pensioners are preparing a warm jumper for the little punks and thugs in their family. Witty, irreverent, and slightly poignant, Banksy’s grannies are icons of that tragic time when a musical tribe becomes a cultural norm. This premium quality giclee art print has been produced on heavy weight 100% cotton rag textured fine art stock using archival quality inks resulting in a superior print suitable for museum or gallery display.
Banksy is an England-based graffiti artist of unverified identity. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
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