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I Fought The Law Banksy

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I Fought The Law first appeared as a canvas at Banksy’s Peace is Tough show in the Glasgow Arches in 2001. The screenprints were released by Pictures on Walls in 2004 as an edition of just 150 signed and 500 unsigned prints. Banksy also created 32 artist’s proofs, eight each of the four colours: orange, pink, yellow and red.

I Fought the Law is based on actual video footage of John Hinckley’s 1981 failed assassination attempt on U.S. President Ronald Reagan. In a violent struggle, one man is being pinned down by three other men, whilst a fourth onlooker watches the scene from the right. The man on the ground has dropped a paintbrush, with which he has just scrawled the words ‘I Fought The Law And I Won’ in bright orange paint on the wall behind.

The four characters on the left depict the members of President Reagan’s private security team tackling John Hinckley, a delusional schizophrenic who fired five bullets at President Reagan on 30 March 1981. But with true Banksy irony, the criminal in I Fought The Law is a graffiti artist, instead of a killer.

The text references the title of the song I Fought The Law (and The Law Won) by The Clash from 1979. A second instance of the British rock band’s influence on Banksy’s work can also be seen in his mural portraying a punk smashing an office chair, appropriating the cover artwork from their 1979 album, London Calling.

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