BANKSY INSPIRES LONDONERS TO WEAR FACE MASKS WITH HIS NEW UNDERGROUND ART

Returning to the London Tube to get up his notorious rat stencils.

By Balthazar Malevolent

BANKSY INSPIRES LONDONERS TO WEAR FACE MASKS WITH HIS NEW UNDERGROUND ART

Banksy has just posted a video of his most recent public intervention on Instagram. The enigmatic British artist is disguised as a professional cleaner in the video, returning to the London underground to get up a new piece of street art entitled If You Don't Mask, You Don't Get. 

Banksy is seen as directing passengers to move away during the process, as he stencils his notorious rats across the train's interiors. His name is thrown up next to the driver's carriage door, too. The whimsical piece depicts a number of rats in a variety of poses, clad in face masks. One mouse is sneezing whilst another sprays antibacterial gel. Banksy appears to be encouraging people with this intervention to wear face masks in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In London, all public transport commuters are required to wear face masks. 

The words "I get lockdown" at the end of the video appear alongside the phrase "but I get up again" on a wall of a London Underground Station as the doors of the train close as Chumbawamba's 1997 song Tubthumping thumps in the background. Check out the full process video for "If you don't mask, you don't get below."

In other news, Rick Owens and his muse Tyrone Dylan Susman set to work shooting Spring/Summer 2021, consisting mostly of repurposed archival designs, with their team pulling an all-nighter. For example, unlined jackets are taken from Owens' Fall/Winter 2019 collection, Spring/Summer 2018 informed knitwear and double-layered leather mesh tank tops would mirror a 2012 design. New designs and patterns of footwear enliven the classic Owens' dramatic proportions: thin, boxy top with baggy drop-crotch trousers and bulky boots.

The Paris-based California-born designer is known for some of the most controversial and envelope-pushing concepts in the fashion industry, with runway shows to suit. Yet Spring/Summer 2021 "PHLEGETHON" is another matter. The line, closely lensed by Owens himself, is a selection of repurposed pieces from the previous collections of Owens, accompanied by new designs and concepts.


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