‘Choose Your Weapon’ by Banksy (after), 2021
Homage to the great Keith Haring!
First appeared on a wall of The Grange Pub in Bermondsey, London, 2010.
27.5 x 27.5 Inches (print)
32.5 x 32 x 1 Inches (framed)
Screen print on white, Archival 240gsm fine art paper.
Limited Edition of 25 (#25/25)
A professionally printed, precise replica made to exacting quality based on the original edition by Pictures on Walls in 2004.
Same dimensions and same edition numbers.
Also each is appropriately stamped “Banksy” in red on the reverse.
*Note: This is a premium REPLICA print using the highest quality materials for fans/collectors who simply can't afford the real thing!
*Note: professionally framed in archival matting, UV-plexiglass and white hardwood molding.
ABOUT THE ART
Banksy’s Choose Your Weapon (also known as CYW) first appeared on a wall of The Grange pub, in Bermondsey, London, in 2010. Shortly after the stencil appeared on the street, it was boarded over. It then reappeared, framed and covered in Perspex. In August 2016, it was reported that the Perspex itself had been covered in posters and flyers obscuring it from view entirely. It is unknown if the work still exists in the same location, or if it is just obscured from view.
In December 2010 Pictures On Walls released limited edition prints of the mural to hordes of fans who queued for hours in the cold to get their hands on a work by Banksy. The queue notoriously got out of control, with desperate fans pushing and shoving, which resulted in Banksy releasing a special queue jumping edition in grey for those who missed their chance.
The collection of prints is available in different colours: Bright Pink, Dark Blue, Dark Orange, Gold, Green, Khaki, Lemon, Light Orange, Magenta, Olive, Grey (Queue Jump), Red, Silver, Sky Blue, Slate, Soft Yellow, Turquoise and White.
The present work depicts a hooded man with dark clothing and a bandana hiding his face, a visual motif recurrent in Banksy’s stencil work and meant to signify a British disaffected youth. The man’s menacing appearance is contrasted by his casual hand-in-the-pocket posture and his cartoon dog, who is chained and barking.
The connotation in much of the media at the time, and in Banksy’s own interpretation, is that the dog has become an alternative weapon on the streets of the UK.