If you’re interested in reading about some of the themes of Banksy’s advertising manifesto, simply continue reading to discover a guide to understanding Banksy’s advertising manifesto.
Banksy on Advertising:
Banksy wrote an advertising manifesto on advertising:
If you haven’t heard of the Banksy advertising manifesto it was a piece of work which Banksy included in his book “Cut it Out”, which banksy first published back in 2004. In the piece of writing Banksy appeared to rant and lash out at the advertising industry. In the piece Banksy appeared to tell his fans that anytime he sees a piece of advertising, which was forced upon him without his consent, he feels 100% free to alter, reprint and redistribute the information as he sees fit.
Which Banksy seems to have claimed is entirely fair, given the fact that advertisers try to influence and alter people’s feelings, thoughts and beliefs without their consent. As Banksy explained advertising is in your face and is unavoidable even if you don’t watch TV or surf the internet, you’ll still be bombarded with Billboards and ads on bus shelters, every time that you walk down the street.
The ongoing controversy surrounding Banksy’s advertising manifesto:
While the vast majority of individuals assumed that Banksy wrote his now infamous advertising manifesto himself, some individuals believe that Banksy was simply quoting the work of an individual whose ideas he admired, Sean Tejaratchi. Some individuals even go as far as to claim that Banksy plagiarised Sean Tejaratchi’s opinions from an article which Tejaratchi wrote for the magazine Crap Hound, back in 1999.
So is Sean Tejaratchi the real writer of street artist Banksy’s popular advertising manifesto? Opinions are still out on whether or not Banksy’s manifesto was an original piece which was simply influenced or inspired by Sean Tejaratchi’s work or whether Banksy tried to plagiarise Tejaratchi’s ideas. However many of Banksy’s fans claim that if you take a look at the work of both men, you’ll find that while many of the ideas are similar that both men used different words to express their ideas. Which they claim makes Banksy’s work unique and an original, plagiarism free, thought provoking statement on the advertising industry.
Was Banksy purposefully trying to be ironic when he choose to publish his advertising manifesto?
Other individuals believe that Banksy was trying to be arty and ironic by taking Tejaratchi’s article, which he may have seen as a form of advertising as it tried to convince individuals to adopt Tejaratchi’s belief and altered it. Just as Banksy said he would in his advertising manifesto. As Banksy is a clever artist and social commentator, it could be possible that Banksy’s so called manifesto was an art piece, where art imitates life and which readers which would have to analyse for themselves, in order to understand the statement which Banksy was truely trying to make about the techniques which advertises use on a daily basis.
After reading the above article, hopefully you’re now inspired to read some more of Banksy’s writing and to form your own opinion on Banksy’s controversial advertising manifesto.