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Think Before You Ink: Girl With Red Balloon

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Welcome back to Think Before You Ink, a series where we show the worst of the worst when it comes to tattoos based off of famous works of art.  We’re here to remind you that art is to be created, not replicated–especially if it will forever be on your body.

Oh Banksy… I am not your biggest fan.  Look, I don’t know what graffiti is like throughout the world.  I imagine that people love Banksy so much because they’re all from small towns, and if That 70′s Show is to be believed, the only graffiti they’re exposed to is a poorly drawn pot-leaf that makes it look like the water tower is giving Red the finger.  But I’m from Oakland, and I see substantially better and more meaningful graffiti getting painted over constantly.  Anyway, my personal feelings aside, today we’re going to be looking at Girl With Red Balloon, a shallow pretentious image being turned into shallow (literally, tattoos don’t go that deep) pretentious body “art”. **

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This first artist didn’t even try, so neither will I.  Moving on.

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If you’re gonna be pretentious, at least do it right.  The heavy black lines and dark shading are important for the deep-but-actually-pretty-much-surface-level meaning of the piece.  She’s shrouded in darkness, reaching for a bright spot of hope.  Also, that style is what makes a Banksy a Banksy.  This is just a little girl who lost her balloon, and I remember that childhood pain.  It’s about as bad as getting a subpar rendition of an art piece tattooed on your ribs.

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“So I wanted to get that piece that Banksy did where it’s like a little girl reaching for her innocence, but I wanted to incorporate the fleetingness of time.”

uuuuUUUUUGGGHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh no

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Why are there so many balloons? Please someone tell me through Facebook or Twitter or reblogging wtf the extra three balloons mean.

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I had to.  But honestly I have no right to say anything because I’m listening to his newest album right now… (It’s so good!!)

While I will say Justin is a little brat (despite his apology tour), I don’t get the “controversy” being talked about in the comments of this insta pic.  All he did was get a dumb tattoo to try to seem deeper than he really is. From what I can glean… people think he “stole” the art? As if someone is going to look at Justin’s arm and be like “yo man, cool tattoo. You design that yourself?” People get too riled up over crappy celebrities, honestly.

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That’s it for this week folks, and remember: leave the masterpieces to the masters.


**My opinions are not Sartle’s opinions!

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