Birmingham artist slams Banksy over ‘taking credit’ for Nottingham mural and says he has stencil to prove it

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A Sutton Coldfield artist has doubled down on his claim that he is the man behind the new ‘Bansky’ artwork in the East Midlands.

Itchers, from Birmingham, has slammed the mysterious Bristol-based graffiti legend.

Instead, the artist says he created the new hula hooping girl in Nottingham.

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After Banksy shared an image of the artwork on his official Instagram page, Itchers has spoken to NottinghamshireLive, our sister title.

The artist, who hails from the West Midlands, even reckons he has the stencil to prove it.

“It’s definitely mine, I’m not sure what he is doing to be honest,” the 28 year old said.

“I’m flabbergasted.

“I don’t know what to think about it, whether he is trying to help me out and show support or completely take credit for it.

“I was a bit disappointed when I saw he is trying to claim my work, people I spoke to said I should take it as a compliment.

“I just want answers from him, and I want to know why he is trying to claim my work.

“I’ve got the copy of the stencil I used – it’s clearly mine.

“But once someone that big puts it on Instagram I suppose people just assume that means it’s his, even when it’s not.

“It’s all going to come out in the end, I’m just trying to get in touch with the right people, to speak to them and get it sorted and cleared up.”

The Birmingham-based artist says there has “been some beef” between himself and the anonymous Banksy in the past.

It centred around Itchers painting a red nose on to a reindeer Banksy had drawn in Birmingham.

“There has been some beef with us in the past,” Itchers said.

“To be honest it was to do with the red nose I drew on his reindeer in Birmingham but it is art, things evolve and it’s nice to have additions to your work.”





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