Bristol born Banksy needs no introduction; he is already a legend in his own lifetime. Everyone seems to have a Banksy story, usually involving a missed opportunity to buy some of the artist’s work when it was still cheap.
To celebrate the artist’s return to his home city with his ‘Banksy vs Bristol Museum’ exhibition Tangent Books are releasing Banksy’s Bristol: Home Sweet Home in soft back. The book collects together images of most of the street art he made in the city during his formative years. Many of these images were previously unpublished and the collection remains the most thorough collection of Banksy’s early works.
Author of the book, Venue art editor Steve Wright, speaks with many of Banksy’s contemporaries about his influence on the city and the larger street art movement. The book includes over 150 images of many legendary pieces of work that Banksy created in his home town whilst he was still making his name.
The images range from the iconic ‘Mild Mild West’ piece which was voted Bristol’s favourite alternative landmark by BBC Bristol website users. There are images of the Banksy pieces created for the 1998 Walls on Fire festival at Bristol Harbourside. Also well remembered, but sadly no longer with us, work such as the diver pulling the plug on the Bristol City Council building which was removed within hours. Plus the ‘Bonksy’ tag which was painted on a railway bridge above the M32, legend has it the artist mis-spelt his own name whilst drunkenly tagging upside down.
The book has been sold to Banksy fans all over the world; a US version has been published and a Japanese translation is in the pipeline.