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11Identity of Elusive Graffiti Artist Banksy Possibly Revealed

Reclusive graffiti artist Banksy was reportedly revealed after he was caught on camera near one of his own pieces in New York.

The man, who is seen wearing a flat cap and paint-covered overalls, appears to be fixing a “moving painting” on a van that broke down. The person is believed by several newspapers to be Banksy, who has never confirmed his identity.

Previous photographs reportedly showing the artist were taken in Santa Monica in 2011 and East London in 2007. Both photos feature a white man in his early 30s with brown hair, which are compatible with the newest picture.

The artist’s real name is thought to be Robin Banks or Robin Gunningham, though the only detail about the man that can be confirmed is that he is from Bristol.

In the past, Banksy has insisted that he will never reveal his true identity, leading some to nickname him the Scarlet Pimpernel of modern art.

In a recent email interview with the Village Voice, Banksy said he plans to create a new piece of art in Manhattan every day through the month of October.

He told the paper that he doesn’t plan on making a profit from his art in the city, noting that commercial success would be a mark of failure for a graffiti artist.

“When you look at how society rewards so many of the wrong people,” he wrote, “it's hard not to view financial reimbursement as a badge of self-serving mediocrity.”

Sources: DailyMail, The Inquisitir

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11Germany Will Use Drones To Stop Graffiti Artists

At least one country plans on using unmanned drones to help combat a problem other than terrorism.

Germany plans on deploying mini drones to help catch vandals who are defacing the trains that run on the country’s national railway system with graffiti.  

Deutsche Bahn says that most of the graffiti work takes place at night, so the aerial vehicles, which will have four helicopter-style rotors and be capable of shooting high-resolution pictures, will be equipped with thermal imaging technology.

“We have to find news ways to wage the anti-graffiti struggle,” said the head of railways security Gerd Neubeck.

The drones will mainly focus on surveying train depots and won’t be used over public land because of German anti-surveillance laws, according to The Huffington Post.

"We are going to use this technology in problem areas, where taggers are most active," said a spokesman who asked not to be named.  

Deutsche Bahn estimated that it suffered $10 million worth of property damage last year from people spray-painting its carriages

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail

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Chris Brown Has Graffiti Skills (PICS)

Chris Brown showed off his graffiti skills in Miami on Wednesday. The singer was in town to help create a mural with artist Romero Britto on behalf of the Best Buddies International organization, which helps children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Check out the photos here!

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