Some Guys Are Charging Spectators to Look at Banksy's Beaver

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A couple of enterprising members of the East New York community have found a way to turn a quick profit on Banksy's beaver. They've set up a pay-to-gawk scheme at 274 Bradford Street, in which one guy hassles spectators for money, while the other guy covers up the beaver with cardboard until the viewer coughs up the cash.

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We don't know how much they're charging in the scam, but a video of the set-up surfaced on Instagram showing people paying for the privilege to snap a few photos of the tiny black-and-white beaver:

Poor Banksy. Earlier this week he told Village Voice reporter Keegan Hamilton that "financial reimbursement [is] a badge of self-serving mediocrity." Never mind the cultural ramifications of monetizing street art. Runnin' Scared says this latest ruse to squeeze money out of a Banksy artwork is more a badge of self-serving cojones.

They're charging $20 a pop! See a video, plus a map and the location of the beaver on the next page.


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Jacksondog
Jacksondog

Very funny.If something escalated and there was a death we'd have a whole new art work.I loved the stuffed animals in the meat truck.Contemporary art,conceptual art,performance art, is so mixed up with commerce,hucksterism, and plain BS. I enjoy Banksy but there's no doubt that Rembrandt had talents few did-drawing a circle or a straight line to begin with.If it was possible to take that beaver intact without crumbling,that would get those guys some $...someday. 

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

Banksy serves up...everything wrong with our society.

Jonathan Bearor
Jonathan Bearor

armed guard at King Street in Red Hook! ok. Not armed but there is a guard.

anonymous
anonymous

you know you're in the ghetto when the black guys are still wearing clothes that don't fit lol

anonymous
anonymous

lol @ the bougie black hipster in the vid.   he probably thought he was "cool" to go to that hood b/c he is "black"  lmao

nycodez
nycodez

Hello, that's called "wealth distribution".

Wu Castaneda
Wu Castaneda

i love it that is way too funny get that cake

kplo
kplo moderator communitymanager

"Nice beaver!" -- Lt. Frank Drebin

John Poyhonen
John Poyhonen

Lol, typical capitalists. It's too funny in so many ways.

Jamal Morris
Jamal Morris

and arrogating public assets to private benefit. classic wall street behavior.

sanjidude
sanjidude

Of course this idiot can't charge people to see it. He's just scary enough to demand and get payment from someone, but I wouldn't pay him. Then again, I wouldn't travel to this crazy part of Brooklyn to see a cartoon beaver either, so go figya LOL.

Marcus Lauer
Marcus Lauer

I'm going to assume that this is illegal, so no. Part of the work is on a public sidewalk and they certainly can't claim public property as their own. That's up there with "Wanna use the turnstyle? Gimme a dollar." Unless they own the building I imagine the same is true of art on the building (the actual beaver). The owner might have the right to do this. If so then they've misappropriated the owner's property, and if not then nobody has that right including them.

RichardHorgan
RichardHorgan

What does everyone think of that Daily Mail picture that allegedly may be Banksy? Not so much is it or isn't it, but rather, does that guy embody anything close to how you imagined him? I couldn't really deduce any yea-nay clues in the DM pic. Could be anyone really.

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

Is he paying the taxes that come with that income???

Josh Levine
Josh Levine

just keeps getting better and better...

David Hunter
David Hunter

Maybe he knew this " circus " would ensue and it is all part of the project ?, I saw the news footage of the guy that wanted to buy the door, that had the Banksy piece on it, from the owner of the building, in Brooklyn...bring in the CLOWNS

hoboken023
hoboken023

@Jamal Morris classic wall street behavior?!?! 

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