Despite being about as ubiquitous as a Che Guevara T-shirt, secretive English street artist, Banksy, has some how managed to keep his identity hidden for over 20 years. But that spotless record could be under threat as he prepares to pull his most audacious stunt yet: his very first meet-and-greet session.
Scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EST on January 16 at the luxury Waldorf Astoria hotel in midtown Manhattan, the meet-and-greet first popped up as a Facebook event where 12,000 people have RSVP’d that they’ll be attending – the first 100 of which will get the opportunity to have their faces painted by Banksy himself. And considering the huge sums that Banksy’s works have sold for in the past, expect at least one of those people to try auction off their own face.
Unfortunately, there are reasons to suspect that the whole thing may be a not-so-elaborate hoax, namely the fact that the artist’s moniker has been misspelled in the event description two separate times. But knowing the pervasive “tl;dr” culture of the Internet, we can probably expect at least a few hundred naively expectant chumps to show up at the Waldorf Astoria in five days time.
Check out Banksy’s most recent work, a stencil of a displaced Steve Jobs.