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Brace Yourself

London, England, United Kingdom

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"Our First National Story"

The painting arrived outside Simon Duncan's west London home inside a battered old van. Overnight it has put him at the heart of street culture and made him £200,000 wealthier. The new work by Banksy was sent unexpectedly last week to Duncan, a 41-year-old web developer, as compensation for the world-renowned graffiti artist having coincidentally chosen the name of Duncan's band as the title for his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop.

"I am a drummer in a band that was called Exit Through the Gift Shop that I started with friends 18 months before I turned 40. It was a kind of midlife crisis, but we are still going, with a different line-up, and it has become a bit more serious," said Duncan, who agreed to change his band's name to Brace Yourself in an arrangement with Banksy.

"We had these hilarious emails from someone saying he was Banksy, but we didn't know if they were genuine," said Duncan. "Then a scruffy white van arrived. The driver had no idea what he was carrying."

The band plan to unveil their new name and backdrop, which shows the grim reaper riding a dodgem car, at a London gig this week.

"When we saw the painting we could not believe it," said Duncan. "It is the size of a double bed, for a start. We had to insure it, so a man from Sotheby's came over to see it in my loft. He said to me, 'This is surreal. I have just been valuing an 18th-century portrait in a stately home, but it is not as valuable as this.'"

The band have put the painting in storage at Sotheby's and will perform in front of a full-size copy.
- The Observer


"Death and Taxes"

Sorry for a second dip into the bowl of highbrow graffiti today, but wealthy rat artist Banksy just keeps the hijinks rolling. Over the weekend, he surprised Simon Duncan, a drummer in the UK, with an extra-special delivery in a ragged white van. It consisted of a large canvas painting of the grim reaper exiting a wormhole in a bumper car. Said bumper car had the text “brace yourself” drawn over the hood. Why, you ask? Well, Duncan plays the skins for a group once called “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” the same title as Banksy’s new film, and this had to change.

According to Duncan, a 41-year-old web developer, he and the band received “these hilarious emails from someone saying he was Banksy, but we didn’t even know if they were genuine.” Then the van pulled up with the painting. Apparently, Banksy was looking to reserve all claims to his movie’s name across the stratosphere, as well as drum up some bonhomie PR for himself and the film. So, as any candid, proletariat artist would do, he traded an original of his in exchange for title rights.

In order to verify it as a Banksy, they had an art appraiser over to inspect the work: “When we saw the painting we could not believe it,” said Duncan. “It is the size of a double bed, for a start. We had to insure it, so a man from Sotheby’s came over to see it in my loft. He said to me, ‘This is surreal. I have just been valuing an 18th-century portrait in a stately home, but it is not as valuable as this.’” The man from Sotheby’s estimated its value at around £200,000.

Now Duncan and his buds will call themselves Brace Yourself, fittingly, and will hang a replica behind them at performances while the original rests like a golden egg in their possession. Extraordinary things sometimes do happen to ordinary people.

- Death and Taxes


"The Death of Banksy"

In line with the release of his film, Exit Though the Gift Shop, anonymous graffiti artist Banksy recently produced a 6ft x 8ft painting, shown above, as a stage backdrop, for a band called Exit Though the Gift Shop, in return for them agreeing to change the name of the band (Banksy Steals Band Name Then Gives Them $300,000 Painting).

I was reading some comments about this on a Banksy forum, when inevitably somebody asked the question as to whether the “Death” depicted was in fact by Banksy.

The problem with any work by Banksy is that he will no longer verify whether any piece of art or graffiti art that appears is actually by him. (Probably to stop people stealing the brick wall of a property that he puts his work on – it has happened!)

To me his style signature is all over the piece: The mad glee on the face of Death reflecting the graffiti words on the dodgem car -“Brace Yourself” (the new name of the band). The sickle denoted as the fun-fair cars electrical connection. The whole, humorous, concept of Death hurtling towards you in a dodgem car.

The background is very similar to one used before behind the ‘Radar Rat’- with its listening device.

The Death of Graffiti Artist Banksy
Published on May 3, 2010 by C Jordan in Visual Arts


“Death… are you sure it’s Banksy?”
I’m sure.



In line with the release of his film, Exit Though the Gift Shop, anonymous graffiti artist Banksy recently produced a 6ft x 8ft painting, shown above, as a stage backdrop, for a band called Exit Though the Gift Shop, in return for them agreeing to change the name of the band (Banksy Steals Band Name Then Gives Them $300,000 Painting).

I was reading some comments about this on a Banksy forum, when inevitably somebody asked the question as to whether the “Death” depicted was in fact by Banksy.

The problem with any work by Banksy is that he will no longer verify whether any piece of art or graffiti art that appears is actually by him. (Probably to stop people stealing the brick wall of a property that he puts his work on – it has happened!)

To me his style signature is all over the piece: The mad glee on the face of Death reflecting the graffiti words on the dodgem car -“Brace Yourself” (the new name of the band). The sickle denoted as the fun-fair cars electrical connection. The whole, humorous, concept of Death hurtling towards you in a dodgem car.

The background is very similar to one used before behind the ‘Radar Rat’- with its listening device.



As to Death being depicted in a skeletal form, he did this on the hull of the Thekla, an entertainment boat in central Bristol.



Read more: http://quazen.com/arts/visual-arts/the-death-of-graffiti-artist-banksy/#ixzz0oGpBwAvI


- Quazen


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Brace Yourself are a West London covers band, playing everything from Kylie to Kings of Leon to The Killers, Michael Jackson to Meredith Brooks. Following a few years of relative obscurity, we had a brush with fame....

A West London-based band have had an amazing brush with one of the UK's most celebrated artists. The band have been playing covers in West London since 2006 under the name Exit Through the Gift Shop - a name, which, by coincidence, Banksy chose as the name of his recent film.

When a journalist in Bristol pointed this out, Banksy emailed the band and offered to paint them a new backdrop if they consider changing their name. The band gave two options to Banksy, who subsequently chose Brace Yourself.

To the band’s amazement, Banksy’s huge picture arrived by courier (250cm x 150cm) : a smiling, seat-belted, grim reaper, driving a bumper car daubed in CND logos and the band’s new name, Brace Yourself. The bumper car electricity pole is a menacing, glinting, sickle. The band have had it assessed by Sotheby’s who confirmed its authenticity and advised it be insured for "at least" £200,000. They've decided it's so valuable it will need to go into safe storage.

The original painting was photographed by Susan Porter-Thomas of www.sptphotography.com