Banksy's 2007 Peel Fiction piece, which was an adaptation of a scene from Quentin Tarantino's 1994-cult-classic, Pulp Fiction, showed Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta pointing bananas instead of guns. The piece was removed by order of Transport for London, who cited that the piece encouraged crime. Banksy returned to the scene this time, placing the actors in banana suits to mock Transport's claim. That second installment was ragged by a young artist named Ozone, who critiqued the piece with a dig at Banksy. Beside Ozone's work, the 19-year-old left a comment, "If it's better next time I'll leave it." Ozone and fellow artist, Wants, were hit and killed by an underground train. Banksy would return for a third installment at the site, this with a great amount of compassion. Banksy painted a gloomy piece in a grey tone that showed an angel protected by a bulletproof vest gripping a skull a heartfelt tribute to the fallen young artist.
Despite not calling himself an artist, Banksy has been considered by some as talented in that respect; he uses his original street art form, combined with Banksy stencil style. Due to the shroud of secrecy surrounding his real identity and his subversive character, Banksy has achieved somewhat of a cult following with his street art from some of the younger age group within the stenciling community. Tagging walls and billboards in the dark of night, sneaking around with a secret identity in urban areas. Leaving his political mark on the world for all to enjoy for free.
The infamous UK guerrilla artist, Banksy, is hitting the streets hard in London, Bristol, Australia, the USA, and just about everywhere in between. It's not only the curiosity of his identity that makes the artist famous, it's his impeccable political pieces and artwork that stir up discussions on the underlying themes. By calling attention to the issues depicted in his pieces, Banksy's controversial work requires people to think deeply about the issues he's attempting to bring to light.