Hanksy Vs. Danksy in Freeman Alley

Posted on: January 18th, 2012 at 6:27 am by

Copycats invariably come out of the woodwork with the advent of any successful idea. It’s a story as old as time. Such is the case of this new “Danksy” piece spotted in Freeman Alley. Not only is it an imitation, but the placement itself is precisely the location of previous Hanksy pasters. Its appearance was spotted Friday morning ahead of Hanksy’s successful show at the Krause Gallery on nearby Orchard, and includes both Tom Hanks and his son Colin (who was initially rumored to show).

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“Saving Travis Marshall” is a play on father Hanks’ Private Ryan, but actually refers to Colin Hanks’ character role in the show Dexter.

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We reached out to Hanksy to confirm whether this was indeed his creation. He denied. Then Danksy himself got in touch and explained the intentions behind the piece, and hinted at future work (the photos are all his). Apparently it was a tribute, and a clever one, at that:

Just a tribute to support his show [Friday], future pieces won’t include tom hanks. I think its amazing what Hanksy does, bringing awareness to street art and giving people the chance to experience banksy-like work in a city that hasn’t had a visit from the man himself in almost 4 years now. I also wanted to include Colin Hanks because you had mentioned he might be there and he has yet to be featured in a piece regardless of the face that he to is himself a “hanksy.”

Not that any of this matters, though, as the wheat-paste is wilting from yesterday’s rain.

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