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Local Artists Say Banksy "Defacing" Claims Overblown

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Some city graffiti artists are expressing solidarity with Banksy as his month-long project across the city continues.

The British street artist is in town for a project called "Better Out Than In."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has blasted Banksy for "defacing" public and private property.

Perhaps in response to the criticism, Banksy himself posted a picture on his website of a newspaper article talking about the NYPD's hunt for him captioned "I don't read what I believe in the papers."

Some of Banksy's supporters say he and his art form should be appreciated.

"Right away they just look at the negative aspect of it, but look what it's become. It's become a million dollar business and it's an American art form that needs to be cherished," said "Kaves", a graffiti artist.

"Now all of a sudden Bloomberg's coming out and saying we're gonna stop this guy. It's like for the first couple of days he's here the way it was reported in the news was like, 'Oh this is kind of cute he's gonna do this and that. Where is this supervillain gonna be tomorrow?'" said Rite of Passage Curator Sacha Jenkins.

To view all of Banksy's artwork over this month, visit banksyny.com.

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