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Hanksy’s Bi-Curious George Visits the Lower East Side

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Hanksy’s Bi-Curious George Visits the Lower East Side

Post by laetval on Mon Jul 23 2012, 17:19

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The Man with the Yellow Hat brought Curious George to the Lower East Side this past weekend for another adventure. Bridge and tunnel. This time, the troublesome monkey found himself glued indefinitely to the Hester Street facade of the Kwok Won Laundromat, but with a mug not his own.

That’s right, kids. Hanksy pasted another of his cheeky street art mashups at 48 Hester Street. It portrays a Clooney-faced “Bi-curious George” monkey grasping the phallic fruit. We stumbled upon this latest piece Sunday morning, but it would barely last the day. Indeed, by late afternoon, somebody had already scraped away a large chunk of the racy image, including the token banana-dick.

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When pressed for comment, the Man with the Yellow Hat responded by coyly stating that he loved George Clooney in From Dusk Till Dawn.

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Post by Lakin460 on Mon Jul 23 2012, 17:34

He will probably never live down the gay rumors. People are still claiming / writing that Cary Grant was.

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Post by Katiedot on Mon Jul 23 2012, 17:39

I actually love that! Love the way they gave him a Tintin type hair flick too.

I'm guessing Hanksy is a take off of Banksy?

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Post by Maggy on Mon Jul 23 2012, 17:50

Lakin460 wrote:He will probably never live down the gay rumors. People are still claiming / writing that Cary Grant was.
That is so sad. I really hope that won't be the case with Mr. Clooney. To be remembered mainly as bi-actor and all the other bad things rumored about him and not as a caring humanitarian is sad.

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Post by it's me on Mon Jul 23 2012, 19:19

it wont be
like that

don't be sad

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Post by Maggy on Mon Jul 23 2012, 19:29

it's me wrote:it wont be
like that

don't be sad
well, if you say so, I guess I wont. albino

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Re: Hanksy’s Bi-Curious George Visits the Lower East Side

Post by silly girl on Tue Jul 24 2012, 01:41

From the NY Observer:

Art Prankster Hanksy Claims ‘Bi-Curious George’ Graffiti Not a Knock on Clooney Sexuality


With tongue placed firmly in cheek, New York’s street artist Hanksy has built a career out of poking fun at the self-serious subversives in the gallery graffiti circuit. Even his name is a satirical homage to the British Banksy, with Hanksy being a shortened tag for “Tom Hanksy.”

Picking subjects more pop than political, Hanksy has focused his art on animals and celebrity mash-ups: like the hilarious Ferrell Cats, or the pun-y “Pie Hard” stencil in Bushwick.

If Banksy’s monkeys are telling us, “Laugh now, because one day we’ll be in charge,” than Hanksy’s message might be better summarized as, “Laugh now, because this is funny.”

His latest work uploaded several hours ago on his Tumblr, might not have everyone chuckling. Found on the corner of Orchard and Ludlow, Hanksy’s new piece shows a monkey with the face of George Clooney eating a banana. Above the graffiti is the phrase “Bi-Curious George.”

Word travels fast: the photo has already been picked up by The Huffington Post, which is quick to point out that Hanksy (who is represented by the Krause Gallery) has already clarified on Twitter that his piece was not meant as a homophobic knock against the perennial bachelor.

Christopher Lee Rios ‏@HanksyNYC
regarding bi curious george, don't get your undies in a pundle, it was all for the wordplay.

(The Inception layers of word play don’t stop there: Hanksy’s listed alias on Twitter–”Christopher Lee Rios”–was the real name of Puerto-Rican rapper “Big Pun,” who died in 2000.)

Plus, we all know how much George Clooney loves a good prank(sy) himself.


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Post by melbert on Tue Jul 24 2012, 02:09

I think it's cute and funny! I think George would like it too!

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Post by davidarochelle on Tue Jul 24 2012, 02:59

Little kids see street art in NY too. How would they and their parents react?

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