The BBC has recently uncovered a lost interview with street artist Banksy, in which he reveals his name for the first time. The recording from 2003 features former BBC arts correspondent Nigel Wrench questioning the secretive artist about his identity and artistic philosophy.
In the interview, Banksy, then in his twenties, defends vandalism as a form of art and expresses his views on anti-establishment and libertarian themes. He tells Wrench that he prefers to get his ideas across quickly and efficiently, comparing it to his mother’s approach to cooking. When asked if graffiti is vandalism and whether he considers it illegal, Banksy responds with a nonchalant “get out! throw things in the trash! have fun!”
The British media had previously speculated on social networks about Banksy’s true name, with many believing it was Robin or Robbie. However, this new interview provides fans with a rare opportunity to hear Banksy’s own voice and gain insight into his creative process.