Banksy's secret identity may have finally been revealed
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Banksy’s secret identity may have finally been revealed


The identity of master street artist Banksy, one of the great mysteries of our time, may have been revealed once for all. 

British DJ Goldie referred to him as “Robert” during the Distraction Pieces podcast — but he didn’t elaborate further. 

That seems to confirm rumours and speculations that behind the mask is Goldie’s friend and Massive Attack band member Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja, himself an acclaimed graffiti artist. 

Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack performs on stage during day one of Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time.

Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack performs on stage during day one of Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time.

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Last year, a Scottish journalist “outed” Del Naja as Banksy claiming that many of the artist’s artworks appeared in locations and days following the Massive Attack tour. 

In response, Del Naja said to a crowd of fans in Bristol that “we are all Banksy”.

“It would be a good story but sadly not true. Wishful thinking I think. He [Banksy] is a mate as well, he’s been to some of the gigs. It’s purely a matter of logistics and coincidence, nothing more than that,” he later told The Daily Mail

During the podcast, Goldie told Scroobius Pip: “For something like graffiti, which has inspired the world with font or anything to do with anyone wearing a baseball cap and sneakers, at its centre it is still misunderstood.

“But give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we’re sorted… We can sell it now.

“No disrespect to Rob, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”

“Rob” could also refer to Robin Gunnigham, a man who the Mail On Sunday “revealed” to be the man behind Banksy in 2008.

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June 23, 2017
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