Images from Treehugger
Last week four new Banksy creations found at the Regent’s Canal lit up the blogosphere. One of the pieces (seen above) was of a man painting over graffiti. As Treehugger points out Banksy painted over a fellow artist’s work, a sprayer by the name of King Robbo. Robbo’s piece had been standing unharmed since 1985. In response King Robbo covered up Banksy’s work with 3 foot high silver letters spelling his name.
According to graffiti folklore this spat is not the first disagreement between Banksy and King Robbo. The 1980s pioneering vandal recounted a story in London Handstyles, a book on graffiti published in 2009, in which he claimed to have confronted the now-famous artist.
“I was out one night with a load of old writers and got introduced to Banksy,” King Robbo said. “He asked what I wrote and I told him, he cockily replied ”never heard of you” so I slapped him and said, ”You may not of heard of me but you will never forget me.’”