Latest Banksy Discovered in Queens, and It's a Quote From Gladiator? [UPDATE]

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After making three unsuspecting passersby potentially very rich on Saturday, Banksy started off week three of "Better Out Than In" with a stencil in Queens. It's a simple design of a man erasing a movie quote written in hot pink scrawl.

Update: Tipster George Burles got in touch with some photos of the latest Banksy piece. "There were just a few people there and the paint was still wet around 10 a.m.," says Burles. Still wet! Banksy cut this one real close.

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Gothamist scored a major scoop this morning when they reported the location of the Banksy piece well in advance of Banksy himself announcing it. Tipster Heidi Trenholm told Gothamist's Jen Chung that she was pretty sure that the piece was Banksy's.

"I'm pretty sure I saw him leaving and it still smells like fresh paint," she explained.

Wait, what? You saw Banksy? Apparently a middle-aged white guy with glasses acknowledged Trenholm and then drove away in a rental truck.

OK, weird. But It gets weirder:

The line, "What we do in life echoes in eternity," is taken from the 2000 film Gladiator, a movie ostensibly about Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix fighting over a fur coat.

Russell Crowe's General Maximus delivers the line in a speech to soldiers on the brink of battle with a barbarian horde. Inspirational to warriors and commuters boarding the 7 train alike.

If you think that's too lowbrow, Banksy says the hate nourishes him.

"Some people criticize me for using sources that are a bit low brow (this quote is from 'Gladiator') but you know what? 'I'm just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker' as Kelly Rowland said on the X Factor," reads his website.

On the next page are images of the latest stencil and a map pointing to its presumed location.


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Stown
Stown

I think the quote is also a nod to Arthur Stace who anonymously wrote Eternity as an act of atonement on the streets of Sydney for 35 years.

yonjuro
yonjuro

Does Banksy own the building ? Does he have permission from the owner? I'm sick and tired of assholes with nothing better to do with their lives but debase and degrade what better men have built, and then call it "art."  

yonjuro
yonjuro

Does Banksy own the building ? Does he have permission from the owner? I'm sick and tired of ss- holes with nothing better to do with their lives but debase and degrade what better men have built, and then call it "art."ing? 

yonjuro
yonjuro

Why isn't this asshole in jail?  GRAFFITI IS VANDALISM!

Lilas
Lilas

@yonjuro You might call it that, but many people call it art. Were the buildings really that attractive before? No. 

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