BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL LOS ANGELES ^

Stagg was US Consultant to the Banksy | Barely Legal art show in Los Angeles. Originally enlisted as a driver to the artist and show producer Grace Jehan

Stagg's responsibilites grew to include: staffing, elephant research and permits, street teams, alcohol sponsorship, guestlist, media and art sales. 

 

The monumental scale event was attended by 30,000 in 3 days and featured heavily in all international media.

 

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BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL STREET POSTER ^

An electrical box adorned with the Barely Legal show poster designed by the artist.

Many hundreds of posters were wild-posted across Los Angeles.

BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL QUEUE ^

The enormous queue to the Barely Legal show at the Hunter Street venue.

Video – Jesse Stagg.

BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL SHOW POSTER ^

Design by Banksy. Flyer by Grace Jehan. Wheatpaste and petrol by Jesse Stagg

TAI | THE ELEPHANT ^

Tai the elephant ignited a firestorm of controversy bringing huge attention to the show. Contrary to media reporting Tai was not "spraypainted" but gently hand-brushed with natural bristles and non toxic kiddie face paint, many many containers. The laborious process took 5 people all day to apply the first coat and several hours of touch-up each day. It's worth noting elephants have been painted in india for many centuries with no ill effects.

 

Tai was a key crewmember with the best disposition of anyone as long as there was a good supply of Peanut M&M's on hand. For the record, all animal welfare permits were approved by LA Animal Control weeks in advance of the event.

BANKSY | ARTIST STATEMENT ^

This is Banksy's "Elephant in the Room" artist statement for the Barely Legal show.

There is a pretty big typo.

BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL CATALOGUE ^

There was no official catalogue for the Barely Legal show, 5 were produced by Stagg as a gift for the artist and key staffers on the Los Angeles project

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BARELY LEGAL | WALKTHRU ^

A short film overview of the Banksy Barely show by Youtube user Pperez22

BARELY LEGAL | PRESS ^

A few of the many media organizations to cover the Barely Legal exhibition include the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, Al Jazeera, CNN and the BBC.

 

Show visitors included Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Keanu Reeves, Kristina Aguilera, Jude Law, Josh Groban and Sacha Baron Cohen. According to the LA Weekly, $5 million worth of art was sold during the show's opening two hours. 

 

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BANKSY | LA GUERILLA INSTALLATIONS ^

In the build up to the Barely Legal show Banksy executed guerilla art Installations around Los Angeles including the Big Thunder Road Guantanamo Bay Inmate at Disneyland. Stagg consulted on forced air expandable anatomic dummy's that could fully inflate in 30 seconds.

 

A few favored guests were gifted Banksy's CD with Dangermouse punk of Paris Hilton's album.

 

BBC news clip on the Bansky – Barely legal, Los Angeles Show

YOU LOOKED BETTER... STENCIL | NEW BEVERLY CINEMA ^

 BANKSY's stencil work, You Looked Better on Myspace was assisted by a small crew, of which Stagg was lookout.

Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles. Media: stencil, spray paint and acrylic

BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL ^

The hype around the Barely Legal LA was enough for Ebayer Beefselekta (100% positive feedback!) 

To auction a used Pizza box for $102 purportedly used Banksy, Vanity Fair picked up on the story.

BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL PRESS RELEASE ^

Download the original press release for the Banksy Barely Legal show