American Admires Wall Doodle, Immediately Arrested for Being Banksy

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Amanda Warren
Activist Post

It would seem incredible, fantastical and arbitrary that someone in North America would have to convince law enforcement that they are not in fact Banksy.

Banksy – the only name known for the unidentified but famous street artist – is British. He was in the States for a month on an art tour in 2013. Incognito, he sold his artwork cheaply and is alleged to have left “exhibits” around New York before returning to his homeland.

American engineer Richard Pfeiffer, age 33, swears up and down that he is not in fact the provocative elusive artist.

Unfortunately for him he would have major difficulty proving it to the cops who must have been watching/listening to him and his fiancee while they imbibed at an East Village coffee shop last summer. It was after admiring a “smiley” on the wall that he thought might be a Banksy piece that they had their “Gotcha!” moment and arrested him outside Third Rail Coffee shop.

According to NY Post who discuss in detail his upcoming lawsuit for false arrest, the man tried to show them how he couldn’t have possibly had done the wall marking. He smudged it showing the art was old and not newly sketched. They found his marker (he is an engineer) – he demonstrated that it wasn’t the same kind and had a significantly different tip. All to no avail.

The traumatized man missed a week’s wages and is still reeling from it. He is suing for false arrest for an undisclosed amount.


Of course, they already know all of that. They were acting sociopathic and wanted to see him sweat and squirm. Never mistake this behavior for incompetence, although intelligence quotient is not a part of the hiring process.

As everyone knows, criminals always come back to the scene of the crime and admire themselves while speaking in a third person narrative. It’s a good thing he didn’t say “what an interesting smiley…I wonder if it’s a me” or he might be in the state pen, as that would be a sure confession.

The question no one is asking – “Why would being Bansky be a crime??”



Well, he’s elusive so he must be nabbed by steroidal badge wearers.

But other than that – someone drew on a wall in New York and that is unacceptable!

During the 2013 Banksy tour Mayor Bloomberg expressed his adamant disapproval of the artist’s chosen canvas. This was taken to be an order to police to be on the watch out. Indeed, police activity was heightened during that time and one of the art days was allegedly cancelled due to police activity. Perhaps they don’t appreciate the messages in the artwork like the one above. Pfeiffer’s arrest supports the idea of New York officers looking out for such disobedience even long after Banksy returned to the UK.

Ironically, the provocative artwork considered to be vandalism – although it has been known to pull in six figures – was vandalized by vandals. The NYPD can rest easy now that the the U.S. has provided such a hostile environment for such high crimes.

How could anyone foresee or control the outcome of an arrest like that? It really is possible to be arrested for any reason – even amusing whims.

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15 Comments on "American Admires Wall Doodle, Immediately Arrested for Being Banksy"

  1. hugh minnbean | March 24, 2015 at 4:34 pm | Reply

    How’d the nazi’s hear the conversation?

  2. TARDISOFGALLIFREY | March 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm | Reply

    Gut these pigs!

  3. Mike Lashewitz | March 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm | Reply

    Just goes to show you how disconnected some Cops are from reality in NYC. What they could not find another criminal selling loosies to kill?

  4. Vlad TheSkewerer | March 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm | Reply

    I used to think I wanted to Visit NYC, see Broadway, the Hayden Planetarium, the museums etc etc.Been awhile since I thought that.

  5. Reverend Draco | March 25, 2015 at 10:22 pm | Reply

    “The question no one is asking – “Why would being Bansky be a crime??””

    Oh, I dunno. . . maybe it’s because this Banksy cretin gleefully damages other people’s property?

    Not saying that the peegs were correct in harassing this innocent man, mistaking him (intentionally or not) for an actual criminal. . . they most certainly were not.

    • Oh, I dunno…maybe they don’t like it because he gleefully challenges the powers that be through art? What a criminal!! Right up there with Hitler and Mao. What did he damage exactly? Did those buildings explode?! I think you’re a blue pig yourself, or a liberal retard.

      • Reverend Draco | March 26, 2015 at 6:19 am | Reply

        Neither – just much, much smarter than you. Sorry to have to be the one to burst your bubble, cupcake.

        So. . . you’re ok with me coming to your house and vandalizing your home, your car? I mean, itz muh ART, right?

        Maybe you should learn to read English (probably went to public school, where 75% of all HS graduates are illiterate) – you might learn the difference between “damage” and “destroy.”

        Be off with you, fuckwit.

        • AtomicMetroid | March 27, 2015 at 8:14 am | Reply

          why the attack? Can you not construct an intelligent disagreement and leave it at that? You roth fans are too much;)

        • Paint or something similar was applied to a wall of a building. That does not mean the building was damaged. By your logic, you would say that the building is damaged every time it rains and water coats the outside of the building. For all we know, the paint may have been the type that washes off after a few rainshowers. At most you could argue the building has been defaced, not damaged.

          • Reverend Draco | March 28, 2015 at 5:17 pm |

            I’ll be right over to dump paint all over your house and car. . . itz muh ART, and therefore, not a criminal act. . . kind of like how a cop can run down a pedestrian in a crosswalk and not get ticketed.

          • You’re making a caricature of the situation. Firstly, street artists tend to use buildings, bridges, fences, etc for their canvas, not cars.

            Secondly, street artists don’t just “dump” paint on a wall but use artistic skills to create their paintings. They’re using their art to express thoughts to society, so the paint is meaningfully applied, not dumped on.
            The messages conveyed through street art can be helpful to the people in that community where they appear, perhaps highlighting social ills or political issues.
            I’m not saying all street art graffiti falls into this category, as much of it is meaningless defacement with a person’s initials, name, or logo. It would be nice to stop the latter class of people, but people will continue to express themselves this way regardless of laws. It may be better to make approved street art spray paint available that washes off after a month, along with approved areas where graffiti may be applied.

        • Smart people don’t call others who disagree with them a “fuckwit” If you don’t understand that then you aren’t as smart as you think ‘cupcake’

  6. Not a “wall doodle.” Graffiti. It ISN’T a problem because it’s some totally un-original, kitschy, anarchist soldier-cop image….it’s a problem because it’s someone else’s property being defaced! LOL!

    Don’t go Liberal on us and try to use word games to massage the facts to better suit your argument. This is criminal behavior. I wouldn’t want some joker making statements by painting on MY building. You’d be viewed as less of a rabble-rouser if you just used the facts as they present themselves…don’t tweak the facts to bolster your case.

  7. I thought the prosecution has to prove it’s charges? This is what happens when you open your mouth and talk to these double digit IQ wonders. You deserve to be arrested.

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