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Get Out While You Can

Get Out While You Can
Signed Print

Banksy

Screenprint, 2004
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 50cm x W 35cm

Critical Review

Get Out While You Can (Placard Rat) is an original, limited edition screen print by Banksy. The print features a monochromatic stencil rendering of a rat, which is one of Banksy’s most famous motifs, completed with a Peace symbol on a chain and a placard that has been sprayed with pink or red paint reading ‘Get Out While You Can’. Placard Rat first appeared on Chiswell Street, London, and featured the words ‘London Doesn’t Work’.

There can be many possible contextual interpretations for this print, such as a general anti-violence statement that is in line with Banksy’s adamant rhetoric, or a commentary on urban gang culture and thus a call for peace. The red peace symbol appears across the artist’s oeuvre, including in the artwork CND Soldiers, depicting a couple of soldiers in full gear painting the striking sign onto the backdrop behind them. Banksy often creates monochrome prints with only a splash of colour in order to highlight the central element or message of the piece.

The Banksy artwork Get Out While You Can (Placard Rat) was released alongside Because I’m Worthless and Welcome To Hell. The print came out in 2004, and there were 175 unsigned prints (with a mixture of pink and red lettering). Other famous Rat prints by Banksy include Love Rat, Radar Rat and Gangsta Rat.

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