real life banksy re creations by nick stern
real life banksy re creations by nick stern real life banksy re creations by nick stern
jul 18, 2012

real life banksy re creations by nick stern

after banksy’s ‘snorting copper’ by nick stern

los angeles-based british photographer nick stern reproduces the work of the widely recognized and prolific street artist banksy with his series ‘you are not banksy’. the pieces re-enact famous artworks using real people to emulate the lionized scenes through staged photography.

the project echos renowned images such as ‘snorting copper’, 2005, the original currently located on curtain road in shoreditch; ‘dog’, which was created in october 2010 and located in southwark, london; and ‘pulp fiction’, also in london near old street tube station. stern captures the detail of each iconic stencil in a studio using props and models, bringing them to life.

after banksy’s ‘naked man’

after banksy’s ‘dog’

after banksy’s ‘mother and son’

after banksy’s ‘pulp fiction’

after banksy’s ‘guantanemo’

after banksy’s ‘girl and soldier’

after banksy’s ‘child soldier’

after banksy’s ‘peace’

after banksy’s ‘what?’

after banksy’s ‘BB’

after banksy’s ‘caveman, los angeles’

after banksy’s ‘maid in london’

after banksy’s ‘kissing coppers’

after banksy’s ‘girl holding bomb’

via bored panda

  • this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life

    Antonio Gramsci says:
  • love it!

    Maxi says:
  • I’m going to copy these images and reproduce them in play-doh or food or even my kid’s toys…how’s that for originality? No? Ah! It’s worth a shot…

    Luke says:
  • I can’t describe how much I hate these

    Paul G says:
  • I love the smell of opportunism in the morning!

    Vincent Vegas says:
  • these are pretty lame..something about it. BANSKY is throwing up in his mouth.

    ricoman75 says:
  • *BANKSY…typo!

    ricoman75 says:
  • Never seen anything more stupid and meaningless.

    marius says:
  • really interesting interpretation, I love banksy!

    grinit says:
  • these show how iconic banksy really is, awesome

    filly says:
  • Lol at the comments! Yes DB, why on earth would post something like this? No Design and no Boom. That’s it for me. *unubscribes*

    Olof says:
  • ART HIJACKER ! this says nothing new, its an easy unimaginative way to get some attention. C’mon be original!! Shame on you Designbom

    ROMO says:

    HULK says:
  • People need to lighten up! Angry trolling of this project shows how much you know about art, every piece of art is a ‘rip off’ of something else – some references are obvious and others less known.

    This might not be the most original piece of work in terms of the content but it’s certainly thought provoking and popular I see it everywhere today online – both important attributes of stimulating artwork of today.

    I want you to tell me links of any ‘new’ art.

    Mark says:
  • If this is truly considered ‘thought provoking and popular’ then I give up. The $$ industry that surrounds the misplaced cult of Banksy (the greetings cards/t-shirts/posters) shows the desperate nature of contemporary society/culture/art. What do these images tell us? That we are only able to appreciate work that is already familiar? The only thing that could make this project any worse would be if the photographer had used Instagram. I even regret wasting the time its taken me to write this comment.

    Tony Orlando says:
  • What a bunch of pretentious assholes.^^ It’s a tribute and it’s fun. Get over yourselves.

    Happy says:
  • This this project is definitely not fun. It makes my eyes hurt. The comments are very fun though. Keep up the good work people!

    Phil S says:
  • I just can’t see any merit in this at all. He’s clearly a talented photographer but with no imagination. Although if its a commentary on how much of a pointless self-parody Banksy has become then maybe its valid. But I somehow doubt that was the intention…

    Helga says:
  • where’s keyboard cat when you need him? somebody please play this guy off

    Andrew says:
  • Unsuscribes to Designboom for this, the pictures are al photoshoped, come on! poor Banksy he must be really sad for this.

    gray says:
  • Interesting, when people re-create artworks from 100 years ago or more everyone says how great and creative is. When someone remake a modern artwork its copying? or bad – why?

    Samuel says:
  • Not a big fan of this, slightly pointless in my opinion but lets all not forget that quite a bit of Banksy\’s work lacks originality, check out Blek le Rat and notice the similarities to Banksy\’s stuff. There\’s nothing wrong with copying ….. as long as you copy well!

    Jed says:
  • the irony is banksy probably set up these types of shots to work from for his stencils… round and round we go!

    hamBobet says:
  • At least he did it, and quite well actually – I really like this

    Sal says:
  • It called “homage” people…brush up on your art history. I love it (if only because ^this many people couldn’t have done it themselves)

    JB says:
  • i love that its actually got people talking and expressing an opinion..

    J.T says:
  • Banksy is a genius! Compared with Maurizio Cattelan and Damien Hirst, they are poor amateurs!

    igor says:
  • Most of the comment’s are retarded and unnecessary. Fine if you don’t like it.. but it’s expressing well.
    People don’t like the truth… too bad.
    Good job.
    Was not meant to please you, it was probably meant to just make a shout out.
    HOLLER.. like you can do any better

    Ignorants says:
  • I agree with the user above who said more or less what I feel: don’t really care for the art but damn! The comments here are always so friggin fantastic! Half the reason I come here all the time…designers are such an opinionated lot. Keep up the good work!

    Playpunk says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

art news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,536 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample