No Banksy? No Problem. Spray Paint Still Flowed This Weekend in St. Louis.
Alas, it seems Bansky spent the weekend in New York putting up pieces like this:
|Image via Gothamist|
|Why no heart for STL Banksy?|
The contest was sponsored by R-Sole (the custom kicks store in the Loop) and the winner took home $1,500.
Rain moved the competition indoors but a good-sized crowd braved the paint fumes to see what the artists could do with eight-foot by eight-foot pieces of canvas. There were three, ninety-minute rounds, each with head-to-head, side-by-side match-ups between the artists. The materials they used ranged from classic spray paint to airbrush to black magic markers to classic brush and palette.
The winner was a PBR-swilling guy who went by the name Grandpa and hailed from Springfield, Missouri. His is the one on the right in the picture below. Chris Sabatino (owner of the amazing Art Monster store on Cherokee Street) came in second with his piece in the center.
|Justin Tolentino bowed out in the second round|
|Brooklyn painted over this with the message "Didn't Bring My A Game" and lost in the second round|
|This painting was good enough to get the artist to the finals.|