“How’s that working out for you?”
For Tyler Durden’s nameless alter-ego, maybe not so much. But for NYC street art phenom Hanksy?
Very, very well.
What began as a visual joke among friends — replacing the head of Banksy’s iconic rat stencil with that of America’s favorite lovably-dim-witted-cross-country-runner-turned-shrimp-boat-captain — has blossomed into a full-fledged art career for the NYC-via-Chicago brush wielder. Gallery shows, Instagram followers out the wazoo, even an on-air shoutout from Stephen Colbert.
But it ain’t all just pun and games these days. Below, the artist chats with us on his meteoric rise, the role of social media in art, and the upcoming non-anonymous phase of his work.