My brother David (may he rest in peace) introduced me to graffiti alley in Toronto over a decade ago. I can't recall exactly what he suggested I photograph while I was there. It was something small like doorknobs or rusted pieces of metal. When I got there I was totally overwhelmed by the bigger pictures.
Since then I have been known to spray paint just about anything (My coffee table [planets} and end tables [a full moon on one and an eclipse on the other] are covered with my space inspired spray painting.)
I once popped in to a graffiti workshop run by Scarborough Arts. There we were told that there is a hierarchy to street art. Apparently, you are supposed to start out with just tagging, then work up to stylized letters, then figurative pieces. But, according to Banksy in the documentary film Exit Through The Gift Shop "there aren't supposed to be any rules" to art/graffiti. (Any day now someone should tell "JACK" to quit tagging the crap out of everything in Scarberia.)
Anyways, getting arrested is not a mandatory rite of passage for graffiti artists, nor among my personal artistic goals. So I am coveting a community art project that seems to have a single blank space that is calling my name. If I ever get brave enough to just jump in on it you'll be the first to know.
To myself and many others Banksy is God. We don't know what he looks like. Yet, there is plenty of evidence that He exists. All creativity flows through Him. Therefore, we should all bow down to Banksy.
Your opportunity to worship the icon has arrived. The Art of Banksy (curated by Steve Lazarides) is on exhibit at 213 Sterling Road in Toronto from June 13th to July 11th, 2018. For more information please check out the Art of Banksy website.