News 23 June 2017

Did Goldie just reveal Banksy’s identity?

23 June 2017

He’s everyone’s favourite anonymous graffiti artist, but during a recent interview, did Goldie reveal his true identity?!

There’s much curiosity surrounding the true identity of Bristolian street artist Banksy. Infact, the last time we reported about him earlier this year, it was said that he’d been caught on camera. The claim happened to be false, and he wasn’t rumbled that time!

But rumours on Banksy’s true identity might crop up again after Goldie took part on Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces podcast. During the discussion, Goldie said,

“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 Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”

Scroobius Pip didn’t press Goldie on exactly which Robert he was talking about, and since the most popular claims are that Banksy is either Robert Gunningham or Robert Del Naja, we’ll just have to take a guess….

Robert Del Naja

AKA 3D from Massive Attack. Last year rumours cropped up that Banksy was infact, Robert Del Naja, frontman of Massive Attack. Coincidently, Robert happens to be a friend of Goldies, and not just that- coincidently he is also a former graffiti artist, and from Bristol. Need more convincing? A lot of Banksy’s work has cropped up in countries that Massive Attack have toured in, and both Robert Del Naja and Banksy have aired their political views in the past. 

Although Robert denied the claim, saying “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.”

Robert Gunningham

Gunningham was apparently unmasked in 2008 by Mail on Sunday as being Banksy. Not much is known about Gunningham, other than his Bristol roots and public school background. 

The other argument is, was it a slip of the tongue or something to get tongues wagging? With the interview not being broadcasted live (it’s on a podcast), it could have simply been edited out.