BANKSY has struck again – this time spray painting a series of sneezing rats on the London Underground in front of baffled passengers.
The elusive artist, dressed in full protective gear, took to the Tube network to daub a carriage with Covid-infected vermin as he urged Londoners to wear masks.
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Banksy was seen putting on PPE so as not to give up his closely guarded identity[/caption]
In a video shared to the artist’s Instagram, the anonymous graffiti genius is seen entering a carriage in a hazmat suit, face mask and goggles.
It’s suggested Banksy had disguised himself as one of TFL’s deep-cleaners.
As commuters look on he paints stencils on train walls and windows and is also filmed getting on and off at various stops.
The message of the masterpieces – a rat spraying gunk and snot across a carriage, another rat frolicking inside a discarded surgical mask and another using PPE as a parachute – is to wear a mask.
Commuters were asked to move down the carriage as the artist got to work[/caption]
A sneezing rat has been painted across one wall and window[/caption]
A rat hanging from its tail grasping a bottle of hand sanitiser checks out Banksy’s slimey-looking tag[/caption]
The artist captioned the post: “If you don’t mask you don’t get.”
Brits were told by the Government they would need to wear face coverings on public transport back in June, and new measures have since been introduced to enforce the wearing of face coverings in shops in a few weeks time.
In the footage, commuters try not to stare as he sprays a tag on the back wall of a Tube carriage, dripping in what looks like infectious-looking slime.
Other commuters rush past the street art legend as he heads uo the stairs to the next platform – his paints cleverly disguised as disinfectant spray gear at his side.
One painting shows a rat grappling with a face mask[/caption]
The anonymous artist took careful measures to keep his identity hidden[/caption]
The video ends with a shot of the slogan “I get lockdown” sprayed on a wall at – from the sound of the announcements – Euston Square Station.
As Tube doors close in front of it, the message: “But I get up again” appears as the video plays the 1997 Chumbawumba hit Tubthumping.
It’s not clear whether TFL will keep the undoubtedly priceless murals for good – but The Sun Online has reached out for comment.
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A TfL spokesperson said: “We appreciate the sentiment of encouraging people to wear face coverings, which the vast majority of customers on our transport network are doing.
‘In this particular case, the work was removed some days ago due to our strict anti-graffiti policy.
“We’d like to offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location.”
Banksy has scrawled the message ‘I get lockdown’ on a station wall[/caption]
At the end of the video, the slogan ‘But I get up again’ shows as Tube doors slowly close[/caption]
The artist was filmed exiting the station after painting the carriage[/caption]