>Triumph of Death

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A couple of days ago, I asked if you could guess what my next piece would be. Crymson was the only one who came close… she knew it would be a car. I think I’ve found my niche when it comes to creating beaded vehicles. I enjoy making them because each one presents new challenges, and there are so many cool cars to bead; the possibilities are endless.

Triumph GT6

Above is my sketch of an old Triumph GT6. These British sports cars were produced from 1966- 1973, and I believe the one in my drawing is a ’73. I saw this car when I was in London in April. It sits in silence atop an old shipping container near Brick Lane. I studied it for awhile because the driver, a ghost-like skeleton, intrigued me. I did a little research and it turns out that the car was originally yellow until one day, when someone came along and painted it pink. That someone is Britain’s most famous guerrilla artist, Banksy.

Banksy’s graffiti can be seen on the streets of London, as well as in several other cities around the world. He intrigues me because he is quite elusive. His true identity is unknown, but his work is unmistakable. In fact, he has made quite a name for himself simply by stenciling his name all over the city. But, that’s not all he’s done. He’s been known to sneak his pieces into museums such as the Tate Modern, and the British Museum. And, one of his best pranks may be when he doctored about 500 copies of Paris Hilton‘s debut album and replaced them with his own version.

In my opinion, Banksy has redefined the way the world thinks about art merely by being a ‘vandal’, and to me, the pink car proves it. It is now protected in a plexiglass box, and when I saw it, I imagined what a bead-embroidered replica of the car would look like in a semi-beaded future. I’m certain that this car isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and neither is street art, whether authorities like it or not…

Banksy Pink Car

14 thoughts on “>Triumph of Death

  1. >Your Triumph GT6 story is amazing. I love old cars. One of the first cars I owned was a red 1963 Austin-Healey Sprite with a black roll bar. Oh, how I loved that car!First time I’ve checked out your blog. Such detailed work. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how the Triumph comes out.

  2. >I really like the sketch of the Triumph. At some point you should take on the challenge of an MGB. I owned one (for much too long). To “bead it” with its top up, all you need do is craw a picture of a pregnant hamster wearing a baseball cap.

  3. >banksy is a hot potato in the land of brit. his stuff now sells for megabucks. i liked the fact nobody used to know who he was, but i think his identity has slipped out now … fame, huh?

  4. >oh this is going to be cool! I’m excited to see you work on it. I thought of you this weekend, Chris and I were heading up to Borders and we came across an “Art and Auto show.” It was pretty cool to see boothes of people selling their art, amoungst people showing off they’re very cool old timey cars.

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