Remember Banksy Locations and Tours, a pocket size book produced in 2006 which detailed locations of Banksy street artwork? That was structured around 3 tour routes of Banksy’s wall art in London that a lucky few experienced free of charge at the time, though a bit like the Sex Pistols at Manchester Free Trade the number that claim to have been on those tours now exceeds the population of the UK.
That popular book was the work of mi blud Shellshock who some of you may remember as an incredibly helpful and knowledgeable member on the eBay forum and this 'ere very forum right back when they launched. Shellshock has done it again with the release this week of Banksy Locations (and a Tour) Vol 2.
The significant difference between Vol 1 and Vol 2 is that Vol 2 addresses all the other areas in the UK where Banksy has been active EXCEPT the locations covered by Vol 2. So that’s all “new” stuff then.
Vol 2 is a fascinating insight into some of the older and more provincial Banksy street art which London-locked, house-bound or overseas folk don’t get to see. Though one or two of the London Banksys included in Vol 2 were only a couple of hundred yards off the routes of the original tours, they didn’t make Vol 1 simply because they involved too much of a route deviation to actually be included in Shellshock’s tours.
Stylistically it sticks faithfully to the blueprint established by Vol 2, which is to say there are photographs, with locations, notes on relevant history and an update on condition – if it has any! Regard it as a kind of I-Spy guide to Banksy’s public works and the ideal sister publication to Vol 1.
Vol 2 is published in hardback, making it harder wearing for those walking/cycling/charabanc tours.
This looks like a nice little stocking filler for any enthusiast of Banksy and street art in general.
Quoting from Shellshock’s own writing to add further colour and details on how to obtain a copy:
“It’s a whopping 380 pages of hardback book and includes his street work all the way up to this October. There was just so much more to write than Vol.1; there are more locations (over 135, of which almost half are still worth visiting), more news (especially on the more recent pieces), better photo ops, and a few flounces of creativity. There is obviously no hiding that it is very similar format to Vol.1, in that it is based on locations, my photos and info/history about the piece. BUT there is a little more leeway in Vol 2 because it is less tour based (the only tour is in Bristol, which is pretty good actually; a lot survives, including some very hidden gems), and although it rounds up a lot of locations in London that couldn’t be covered by Vol.1, a third of the locations actually come from Bristol, Brighton & the South Coast, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, and the rural West Country.
• Over 135 detailed locations of Banksy’s street graffiti, past & present • A full walking tour of his remaining work in Bristol • Information, random facts & idle chit-chat on each location • Over 220 colour photographs, on 380 pages • Snippets of art/graffiti by Eine, Faile, Inkie, Kato, Mode 2, BA / DBZ, & Rowdy • 12% of [the] sale price donated to charitable organisations (24% when sold directly by [Shellshock]) • ISBN = 978-0955471230 / R.R.P. = £12.50
If everything goes ok and this winter weather doesn’t wreck it, I should get it on 7th December. It will obviously take a short while to get into all the shops, so if you fancy it soon it might be best to get it via the ‘net.
It’s on Amazon HERE (where sample pages are also viewable for free).
If you prefer to buy direct, then I’ll be selling it through my EBAY ACCOUNT once they arrive. I've been on eBay for over 7 years now and still have 100% positive feedback.
Any sales via myself will get a couple of postcard flyers thrown in for free."
Shellshock is usually very approachable, so as a very nice inexpensive gift you could visit his eBay listing and ask him for a signed copy of Vol 2 with a dedication, all dispatched in time for Christmas [insert your religion/non religion's alternative day here] if you order quickly enough.
There's a fine line between passionately supporting a minor football team and looking a complete twat in a nearly empty stand on the side of a field.
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Amazon will probably get their supply of it at the weekend. Until then it will say out of stock / can't guarantee delivery before Christmas, etc. The 'official' release date was 31st Dec, but it's come back faster than expected :-)
it's now officially available on eBay. It will also be on Amazon very soon and if you are in London and want to look at it before you potentially buy it'll be in a few London galleries from early next week onwards - Tate Modern, Tate Britain & Serpentine Gallery.
£9 for Vol.2, including UK postage (more elsewhere I'm afraid - it's very heavy).
£6 for Vol.1.
A brand new free 16 page update is also available for the book. It contains any updates I know of for all the survivors in the book, plus it adds in 5 new pieces that Mr.B has done since the book was finalised in Oct/Novc 2010. Just email me at - firstname.lastname@example.org - and I'll send you the PDF.
Banksy Locations (& a Tour) Vol.2 - second FREE update available
As promised, I’ll try to keep you all in touch with any changes to the art shown in my books. I will stagger the gold paved streets of London and eat bagels in Brick Lane (it’s a cliché but it has to be done) whilst on monthly trips to find some vaguely acceptable art show with free beer, mooch Bristol’s mean streets to hide my shame after yet another fortnightly Gas (Bristol Rovers F.C.) debacle, and periodically unleash my army of rats to check locations and give me a squeaky call.
I have just released a free PDF of my second update from my wanders since the 1st edition of Volume 2 came out in December 2010. This time there are three new pieces, and many updates to the existing pieces. Only two pieces have knowingly gone since the 1st update in May 2011.
Cider Tuesday SALE - Banksy Locations (& a Tour) Vol.2 - 382 pages for only £7.50
Apparently I should have put this message up yesterday because it was something called Cyber Monday, where frantic Christmas shoppers wee their money up a toilet wall by buying any old tat they can get their grubby little mass consumption mitts on :-)
Well I couldn’t really be motivated by all that so I’m doing it a day late and calling it Cider Tuesday because if you buy my book on this special public holiday* I can go off to my local Costcutter and buy some cheap cider to celebrate. Cider is a multi-tasking drink because only a little of it goes a long way to helping blot out the realisation of the astronomical house prices where I had the misfortune to be born.
SO, for the next few days you can buy a copy of Banksy Locations (& a Tour) Vol.2 for £7.50, including P&P in the UK.
24% of any profit on these books will be donated to voluntary organisations.
I have donated over £31,500 so far to The Big Issue Foundation from fundraising activities linked to BLT Vol.1, and just over £2,500 to three different voluntary organisations (Bristol Mind, merls [change], and Ben’s Centre) from Vol.2.
I will also email you the 2 free PDF updates from my wanders since the 1st edition of Volume 2 came out in December 2010. There are full details of 8 new pieces overall, and many updates to the existing pieces. Only a handful have knowingly disappeared since the book was published so it is still a very pertinent book. If there are any problems, or you want a copy individually emailed to you, please contact me at email@example.com
* - In Burkina Faso only. Don’t blame me if you skip work just on the strength of a message from an almost stranger, and then get sacked.
Banksy Locations (& a Tour) Vol.2 - third FREE update available... for free... [did I mention anywhere that it's free??]
I have done a third free PDF update from my wanders since the 1st edition of Volume 2 came out in December 2010. This time I 'only' cover about 6 weeks from late November 2011 to mid January 2012, but boy was it worth it. Mr.B went crazy for a month, giving me 6 confirmed new pieces to report on, plus 1 more that might be by him but no-one is quite sure yet... There are also the customary updates to many of the existing pieces, plus a few travelog meanderings from when I re-visited some of these pieces.
Please email me if you want a copy - firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE - If you use the book (and the updates) to visit a site and it’s been buffed, or a posh block of flats has been built on it, please don’t curse me; just email me with the info (and demand your money back) and I‘ll put it in the next update so other people can be more fortunate than you were…