For years the street artist Banksy has wandered the world, creating iconic political street art, but for the exact same amount of time nobody has been able to figure out just who the elusive guy (or girl) actually is.
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It’s long been rumoured that Banksy’s true identity is that of Massive Attack frontman and co-founder Robert Del Naja and this information may just have been accidentally confirmed by Goldie in a recent interview.
Goldie was speaking to the podcast Distraction Pieces when he started talking about graffiti and street art, and said the following (you can also hear this around 34.40 below):
Graffiti, which has inspired the world… at its centre it is still misunderstood.
[But] put it on a t-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it and we’re sorted… we can sell it now.
No disrespect to Robert. I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.
Whoops. If you listened to the podcast, you’ll see that Goldie quickly changed the subject to jazz music when he realised his slip up, making it a lot more suspicious and there’s also a lot of other evidence that suggests that Banksy is this guy from Massive Attack as well.
Firstly, it’s well known that the pair are good friends as they’ve spoken of their relationship before – turns out Robert and Goldie used to both be graffiti artists in the early 80s. Secondly, even before this slip up someone had correlated the appearance of new Banksy pieces around the world with Massive Attack’s tour dates.
Seems like the game is up for Del Naja, but I doubt he’s ever going to admit it himself so there’s always going to be an inkling of doubt for us. We all know though.
For more Banksy, check out this video claiming to show him at work. Is it Del Naja?