Stephen Colbert attempts to provoke Banksy and instead gets Hanksy

Street Art // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Bansky has done a remarkable job at grabbing the attention of everyone whether positive or negative. Publicists dream of such a client, but he has no need for them. Last week, Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report’ dedicated an entire section of his show hilariously provoking Banksy to create a custom piece on the wall outside of his studio in New York. A few days later, a bear with Colbert’s face on it (Stephen Colbear) appeared. The work was obviously not painted by Banksy, but instead Hanksy, a street artist who makes pun-influenced street art around New York. Colbert dedicated another segment of his show to the new “art” on his walls and it’s more than entertaining.

Hanksy's Bi-Curious George

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Hanksy, the notorious prankster who has been mocking up a variety of celebrity spoofs that range from his 'Ferrell Cats' to Bruce Willis murals such as the one wittily titled "Pie Hard", recently implemented a new work: 'Bi-Curious George', a figure that pokes at the ongoing questionings of George Clooney's sexuality (a claim that has confidently denied by Clooney himself). The open-minded monkey is even armed with a (very) suggestively shaped banana.

Hanksy @ Krause Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 09, 2012
The whole Hanksy as an impersonator to Banksy thing is all a bit odd, and when you go to NYC, you do see a lot of Hanksy pieces around the lower portion of Manhattan. Tom Hanks as a street art vehicle seems friendly enough, and the artists or team known as Hanksy will be showing at Krause Gallery in NYC this January 13, 2012.