The renowned street artist Banksy has said his disputed Mobile Lovers work should be kept by a Bristol boys' club. His piece, which appeared in a doorway in Clement Street in the city, was taken away by the leader of nearby Broad Plain Boys' Club to raise money. But Bristol City Council argued the work was on its land and it was taken to a museum for safekeeping. A note to the club written by Banksy said they can do what they "feel is right" with the piece. Dennis Stinchcombe from the boys' club, who found the note, said: "I'm absolutely elated - words don't express how delighted I am. "As soon as I read it and saw the signature I knew what it was." The letter begins: "Dear Dennis, I hope this finds you well. As you know I recently painted on a doorway near the club." The street artist goes on to say that he does not usually admit to "committing criminal damage" but as "a great admirer of the work done at the club" he would "be chuffed if this can help in some way". The note ends: "I assume you're familiar with the quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln - 'Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle'."
Mr Stinchcombe has said he has been told the disputed artwork could fetch as much as £4m. via bbc
"The corpse of beached whale in New Jersey appears to have been spray painted with graffiti letters of a fraternity that has chapters at nearby schools. It's not immediately clear what killed the animal, but it’s not uncommon for whale corpses to wash ashore in the area. The corpse of a beached Minke whale in New Jersey became a canvas for graffiti artists, Atlantic City police confirmed Thursday." - Time
I never thought that I would ever post an article about irresponsible graffiti, I have always thought that graffiti artists are the commentators of the unenfranchised and should do what they do with impunity. After reading the above story I had to re-think, and think I did. But after much digestion it became obvious - this is not the work of artists its the work of assholes - and as such should not be reflected by sites such as this.