banksy LA mickey mouse billboard taken down banksy LA mickey mouse billboard taken down
feb 17, 2011

banksy LA mickey mouse billboard taken down

bansky’s mickey mouse billboard which has now been removed image via wooster collective

british street artist banksy is in los angeles for his oscar-nominated film ‘exit through the gift shop‘ – a documentary which he directed that tells the story of a man’s obsession with street art that includes footage of such artists as shepard fairey, invader and banksy himself – and he hasn’t wasted any time making his mark on the streets of LA and of course, causing a bit of a stir.

detail of mickey mouse having a cocktail image courtesy of wooster collective

one of the most talked about pieces in recent days has been an image of a drunken mickey mouse, putting his arm around a scantily-clad model, with minnie mouse watching off to the side, which bansky painted over a billboard advertisement for las vegas company the light group. situated above norm’s 76 petrol station located along the sunset strip, the art piece was removed today by the billboard’s owner, CBS outdoor, even though the garage employees had offered to pay 10 000 USD to let it stay. CBS now claims that they own the bansky artwork, and there is no word on what is going to be done with it.

up close of the cocktail drinking disney character image courtesy of jet set graffiti

detail of ‘livin’ the dream’ image courtesy of jet set graffiti

installation view of the billboard along the sunset strip before it was removed

despite this, other banksy art that has been spotted los angeles’ streets:

charlie brown the arsonist image courtesy of banksy

a young shooter armed with crayon ammunition image courtesy of banksy

detail image courtesy of banksy

a dog pissing on a building wall image courtesy of banksy

detail image courtesy of banksy

via street art news

  • The man is a vandal, not an artist. He should be arrested for defacing private property.

    James Smith João Pessoa, Brazil says:
  • ^Lighten up yaaaa bitch. Sure the billboard might cost some money but the burntout building, old (back door) of a building and the dirt parking lot. Looks better than ugly light blue and boring ass concrete.

    Jay says:
  • smart move by the owners. The billboard is worth more now and may be worth lots more in the future.

    bootysweat says:
  • It’s people like James Smith that street art is bot seen as a important contemporary art form.

    meamito says:
  • And it’s people like meamito who ruin competent arguments. Incoherent comments do not help to argue the point. If anything, it makes your side look less intelligent.

    Also-I think his art is pretty awesome. Props to the guy for being able to do such great work in such difficult places (billboards in particular).

    Callie says:
  • James Smith eats it. Banksy is brilliant.

    Frank says:
  • Banksy Rocks!

    Lucy says:
  • umm… why does the post not mention that Minnie Mouse has bloodshot eyes and a cocaine straw?

    helmut kohl says:
  • @James Smith João Pessoa
    sorry, but your are a stupid!

    design and art is not for stupid people says:
  • Banksy rocks. Look at it this way the billboard is a win, win. First the billboard is getting passed around and talked about all over the place so the advertiser is getting free publicity. Second the billboard people have on hell of a piece of artwork to sell.

    And most of all its incredible art.

    banskyfan says:
  • He’s talented, but that does not give him any rights over other people’s property. He’s a talented criminal with no respect. Simple.

    Matty W says:
  • a lot of people would go out of their way to see this, a lot of “street art” is about as interesting and annoying as a 5 year old’s crayons on the hallway…

    ywg says:
  • Who are these people(on a website aimed at creative people) still callin’ banksy a vandal, I can only presume they’re havin a laugh? If not well…best of luck to you in all your endevours 😉

    clyde says:
  • Banksy, you vandal-artist, you! Please deface my private property. I need the MONEY!

    JAH says:
  • my sentiments exactly JAH!

    bec says:
  • yeah dude!!!

    – banksy doesn’t matter what Mickey and Minnie does on his free time…
    – everybody knows Charly Brown got incendiary tendencies [sorry Chuck]
    – f*cking parking!!!
    – and, when you gotta pee… YOU GOTTA PEE

    Rodeux B. says:
  • 2 EYES OPEN

    MODERNDESIGN2120 says:
  • I really detest graffiti but his guy makes me laugh.
    Why didn’t anyone mention that minnie isn’t ‘watching’ – she is snorting coke.

    rcvs1 says:
  • importnrary artr formrr

    echo says:
  • James Smith João Pessoa from Brazil. Banksy’s contribution to art, culture and socio-political commentary is a contribution to modern culture. What’s your contribution?

    AAB says:
  • For me, Minnie is not only stoned but also waiting for a 3-some! lol
    Vandal?! oh yes… thanks God vandals like this pop up here and there, from times to times, in our old, tired and boring society…
    Brilliant art! Amazing atittude!

    Ricardo from Brazil says:
  • “James Smith is a pink, not a person who accepts modern art. He should be arrested for defacing public posts about artistic expression.”

    lulzworthy says:
  • shut up!!! Banky is on top of his game and will always push the limits thats his style. If you dont like it move on; the world is big enough, cry on your own time.
    keep up the good work!

    3rd view says:
  • Who’s in favour of the law here? Perhaps everyone should have a go at vandalising. I don’t care how good you are – perhaps he isn’t quite good enough to make an impact any other way.

    Matty W says:
  • HA!

    EAG says:
  • It’s not Banksy. Don’t be fooled, even if it appeared on his website.

    j_ says:
  • Banksy can paint my walls anytime.

    Paul P says:
  • Private property what? Publicity on a public road for private benefits, dirty walls or abandoned buildings in ugly streets? Mais tolerancia João, crime é roubar ou violar viu!?

    Abraço Carlão says:
  • I think the fact that CBS is taking down the billboard, most probably to make money out of it, therefore taking advantage of Banksy’s status as an affirmed street artist only goes to highlight even more the paradoxical nature of art nowadays.
    Banksy is clever enough to produce meaning out of other people’s greed.
    Long live.

    FReego says:
  • The corp who put up the bill board in the first place is the vandal on the sad skeleton of a model. They should have fed the poor girl a few times before the photo shoot. I don’t mean feed her more coke as Minnie suggests. Those ribs sticking out make me think of a holocaust victim, not a sexy image as they are trying to sell in the add. Banksy only makes the sad sick statement even more about the coroporate BS of poor old steam boat willy.

    Gusstiffpottery says:
  • He is not a vandal, hes a fucking artist, you’re naive.

    pitkjob says:
  • This particular piece is clearly not the original Banksy. Just take a look at his earlier pieces. It’s like mistaking Picasso for a Mondrian.

    j_ says:
  • As The Prodigy perfectly put it “Fuck em’ and their law” Saying Banksy is a vandal is true in some form or another but only if you believe in vandalism. Personally I think we need to play around with our world more instead of listening to what some rich cunt in power tells us what we can and can’t do. I applaud Banksy

    PanfaceDann says:

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