Banksy, ‘Love Rat (Medicom x SYNC Japan x Brandalism inspired by Banksy)’, 2016, MSP Modern

Produced in a limited edition by Medicom, a Japanese toy producer, in collaboration with SYNC Japan, a Japanese editions and toy producer, and Brandalism, a British street art collective. Made of cast resin. Imagery inspired by Bansky, as stated in title, but not made or officially licensed by Banksy himself.

Manufacturer: Medicom

About Banksy

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.

British, Bristol, United Kingdom