In March 2001, Banksy went to Glasgow to participate in an exhibition at The Arches, a cafe/restaurant. Very little documentation remains.
Early street art abroad. 2000-2003.
In the first years of the decade, besides UK & US, Banksy went to Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, Tokyo, Paris and Israel, where he painted the first stencilled version of the iconic “Love is in the air”.
Banging your head against a brick wall. November 2001
Banksy published his first book of four up to date: “Banging your head against a brick wall”, which contains some very well-written texts along with images of his most prominent street art and some interesting originals. 54 pages in B&W. Some curious highlights:
Rivington Street, London. 31 May 2001
The first “exhibition” in London took place on Rivington Street on 31 May 2001. In Banksy’s own words:
“We came out of a pub one night arguing about how easy it would be to hold an exhibition in London without asking anyone permission. As we walked through a tunnel in Shoreditch someone said – You’re wasting your time, why would you want to paint pictures in a dump like this?”
Chiapas. Mexico, 2001
Banksy joined the Easton Cowboys, a radical football team from Bristol. In 2001 they went to Chiapas in Mexico to play against a football team from EZLN – Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional. Banksy played as a goalkeeper. During the stay in Chiapas, the Banksy team completed a few stencils and at least two free-hands.
Early London Street Art. 2000 – 2001
At the end of 1999, Banksy moved from Bristol to London, where he soon became highly prolific on the streets.