Many different forms of art flood the streets everyday ranging from political to cultural, generational and so on. This particular artist has caught attention for his more comedic subject matter. Hanksy and his street art puns have been controversial since they started popping up as comical spins of Banksy’s art. His witty take on celebrity and pop culture are reasons why I look forward to his pieces and whether you are a fan of Hanksy or not, there is no denying the charming factor that his work has taken on. Hanksy’s light hearted pieces will be making a grand appearance in
Some may say you could be called the “king of puns” in the art world. What are your thoughts on that label?
My little wordplay creations are trivial and lighthearted and the art world, at least in
How did the puns first start?
Some say it's the lowest form of humor, but I’ve always been a fan of the easy joke and lame pun. From early teens until now, I've always made the comment or punch line that receives a number of eye-rolls from those around me. And that’s fine by me. Just as the sun will always rise, haters will always hate. Truth is, if I didn’t find them funny, I would stop making them.
Do the negative comments about your art ever get to you and do you ever respond to those people?
They never get to me. If anything, they only make my grin grow. See people tend to take things way too serious. The idea that my trivial little street puns can illicit such a response is mind blowing. Somebody once wrote, “I wouldn’t piss on Hanksy if he was on fire.” And I’m like, “Whoa, chill out bro. Who said I’d want your stinky, probably-dehydrated, urine all over my ‘king of puns’ body anyways?”
Besides re-posting the hateful comments on my website or re-Tweeting negative nancies, I generally do not respond to the haterz (yes I spelled it with a z). But every once in a while I’ll respond with an image I have on my computer that features a monkey dressed as a cowboy riding a dog. This probably angers people a bit more. But that’s about it.
Your show in
This is my first time showing anything, beyond what’s on the street, in the City of
The show is going to be fairly large. Roughly 30 or so gallery pieces, both on canvas and not, will be displayed in Gallery 1988’s new space on
Why did you choose Tom Hanks to be the main face of your art?
My childhood was one giant VHS grab bag of his movies. From The ‘Burbs to Joe Versus The Volcano, I’ve always had a giant man crush on Tom Hanks.
I first learned about your work after you put your own comical spin on a signature Banksy art piece in which you added a space shuttle and Tom Hank’s face. How did this idea first come about and why did you choose to put your own spin on Banksy’s work?
I started out solely doing comical spins on Banksy work. Nothing mean-spirited about it, I just thought it was a stupid joke that deserved to be on the street. That’s really how it all began. And for a month or two, every time Banksy would put out a new piece, I’d respond with my own Tom Hanks spin on said work. I’ve since moved on from strictly doing Mr. Hanks. Now I’m just riding that glorious street art pun wave.
What is a common misperception people make about your art?
That my art is meant to be taken seriously or that Hanksy is a giant painted middle-finger waving in the air to traditional street artists. I mean, I put it on the street to provide a momentary break from the somber monotony that is the day-to-day, not to make people scowl. Lighten up kids. Being angry all the time is in poor form.
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