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Banksy Shares First-Ever Footage Of Himself As He Paints Coronavirus Message On Tube

Banksy Shares First-Ever Footage Of Himself As He Paints Coronavirus Message On Tube

Banksy has been up to his old tricks again. This time the anonymous graffiti artist has taken over the London Underground (aka 'the Tube') - and even shared a glimpse of himself for the first time.

The artist shared footage of his latest stunt with his 9.6 million followers on Instagram. In the clip, he can be seen making his way through the Tube network, getting on and off at different stations after leaving his signature rat image on various carriages.

The first shot shows the beginning of a video playing on YouTube on a laptop screen, before cutting to a clip of him putting on a hi-vis jacket. It's titled: "London Underground undergoes deep clean."

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Imagery of face masks, hand sanitiser and the virus itself is all painted on the walls of the public transport network, which is most likely a comment on the debate that seems to be emerging around the government making it compulsory to wear face coverings in shops in the UK.

Spray paint is made to look like a disinfectant device, while the man himself wears a hazmat suit throughout the clip.

Credit: Instagram/Banksy
Credit: Instagram/Banksy

He captioned the video: "If you don't mask - you don't get."

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The final shot shows a clip of the words on a platform wall: "I get lockdown," before the doors of the train close to say: "But I get up again."

We then hear the chorus of Chumbawumba's famous 1997 hit 'Tubthumping', which you'll probably know by its chorus of: "I get knocked down, but I get up again."

Fans have certainly been left impressed by the new artwork. One person commented: "Most expensive metro train in the world."

While another replied: "It's amazing what you can get away with with a high vis jacket and a sense of purpose."

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A third said: "Just imagine being one of those people just watching..."

Others just argued about which lines he used and which stations he visited during the footage.

The artist's true identity remains unknown, although popular theories have suggested that he is actually musician Robert Del Naja of the band Massive Attack, or a former public schoolboy named Robin Gunningham. Banksy may also be a collective pseudonym for a group of artists.

With that in mind, there's a chance that the man in the video may not even be Banksy himself - simply a facilitator for a design laid out by the real artist ahead of time. Will we ever find out? Who knows?

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Just recently, the official Banksy Instagram account posted about the toppling of the Colston statue in what is widely assumed to be his home city of Bristol.

Credit: Instagram/banksy
Credit: Instagram/banksy

He wrote: "What should we do with the empty plinth in the middle of Bristol?

"Here's an idea that caters for both those who miss the Colston statue and those who don't.We drag him out the water, put him back on the plinth, tie cable round his neck and commission some life size bronze statues of protestors in the act of pulling him down.

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"Everyone happy. A famous day commemorated."

Banksy for PM, anyone?

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/banksy

Topics: UK News

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]