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, permit and elephant research, street teams, technical support, alcohol sponsorship, guestlist media and print sales. 

 

The monumental scale event was attended by 30,000 in 3 days and featured heavily in 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 ^

A film showing the enormous queue to the Barely Legal show at the Hunter Street venue.

Videography – Jesse Stagg.

BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL SHOW POSTER ^

Design by Banksy. Print production and 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 speculation Tai was not "spraypainted" but gently hand-painted with natural brushes and non toxic child face paint, many many containers. The laborious process took 3–4 artists 8 Hours to apply the first coat and several hours of touch-up each day. The process akin to a multi hour hand massage, "abuse" I would gladly volunteer myself for.

 

LA Animal Control approved permits weeks in advance. Tai was a key crewmember with the best disposition of anyone as long as M&M Peanuts were on hand.

BANKSY | ARTIST STATEMENT ^

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

Can you spot the typo?

BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL CATALOGUE ^

There was no official catalogue for the Barely Legal show, Stagg took the initiative to produce one as a keepsake 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 celebrities Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, Keanu Reeves, Kristina Aguilera 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 a compressed air expandable dummy that could be fully inflated inside 30 seconds.

 

Stagg acted as a Barely Legal celebrity chaperone doing guided tours for notable guests who were gifted 

Banksy's CD with Dangermouse punking Paris Hilton's album.

 

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

YOU LOOKED BETTER... | NEW BEVERLY CINEMA ^

Stagg was present with the artist for the installation of the stencil work, You Looked Better on Myspace

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

BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL ^

The hype around the Barely Legal LA show was so great mysterious Ebayer Beefselekta (100% positive feedback) 

auctioned a used Pizza box for $102 purportedly belonging to Banksy, Vanity Fair picked up on the story.

BANKSY | BARELY LEGAL PRESS RELEASE ^

Download the original press release for the Banksy Barely Legal show