For Banksy fans, their first exposure to Banksy’s No Ball Games image occurred when Banksy threw up the graffiti stencil in the North London neighborhood of Tottenham in 2009 before it was released as a print in both grey and green colorways. 2009 would be a turning point for Banksy as he parted ways with long time gallerist, Steve Lazarides and announced that the entity known only as Pest Control office would be the sole point of sale moving forward for future artwork sales.
Many people are unaware that the Banksy print No Ball Games appeared three years prior to the the Tottenham installation at his iconic exhibition, Barely Legal, which took place in the downtown Los Angeles area of Skid Row in 2006. In it’s first variation, the kids are seen tossing a tube television with a ball displayed on it’s screen. The image has evolved since its first appearance in 2006 and there have been references to this image in other street art works which show street rats playing with balls as well.
Banksy’s No Ball Games eludes to a liberation of childhood and children’s exemption from life’s rules and expectations. The children are in an area not zoned for fun and play, but do so in defiance without a care going so far as to toss the sign as if it were a toy.
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