Banksy spotted photographing graffiti ( a favorite pastime, looking at his website ) in Spitalfields, summer 2014. Comparing his height with the old trade door and most likely his car in the image ( Stanmore plate ) , we estimate Banksy to come in at a good few inches over the 6ft mark in New Balance trainers. He’s certainly a tall guy.
August 3rd 2014, Wilkes Street London E1. An early Sunday morning chance encounter with two men, both noticeably avoiding attention in this deserted street, turning their backs as they were approached. One of them, stepping out in front of a blue Pugeot hatchback sports to cover the full reg number on sight of the camera being pointed, was attending to a pro tripod & camera; procuring photos of Dale Marshall-like graffiti and sundry adulterated posters adorning a dilapidated commercial twin door. On viewing the 4 images we captured of this individual it became clear by the identical features and proportions to those of the person reliably claimed to be *Robin Gunningham / Banksy by the Daily Mail in 2008 ( see below ) , that this indeed is Banksy himself
In addition to the overall features in this picture both proportionally and specifically matching the famous Jamaican image of Gunningham from 2004, featured reversed in the Daily Mail in 2008, short moustache ( concealing a childhood lip surgery scar ) below a distinctive Punch & Judy chin, aquiline nose, high forehead with hairline interrupted by a widow’s peak, all being pretty much dead ringer giveaways.
The dyed silver hair & blotchy white make up-powdered stubble smear being an obvious attempt at c. +25yrs age disguise. Who else on the planet would make this big an effort to mask their appearance when out in public working around street graffiti?
* If Robin Gunningham, ex public schoolboy from Bristol, for whom there’s pretty indisputable evidence of being a real person is not Banksy, then why is he not listed on any public records, the Electoral Register, nor come forward after seeing his name plastered all over the ‘net to make clear he’s not the man?
Think about it…
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