POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Image via: Daily Mail
Until yesterday, 17 Year old graffiti artist Cartrain was on bail for stealing a box of pencils from art star Damien Hirst. We’re still waiting for the update on this story, but the original theft was reportedly an act revenge. Prompted by a copyright complaint lodged by Hirst that eventually cost Cartrain £200 and his collages based on the artist’s diamond encrusted skull, Cartrain put together the following demand for the pencils:
‘For the safe return of Damien Hirst’s pencils I would like my artworks back that DACS and Hirst took off me in November.
It’s not a large demand. Hirst has until the end of this month to resolve this or on July 31 the pencils will be sharpened. He has been warned.’
Notably, the Hirst pencils were part of his Pharmacy display at The Tate Modern in London and are actually worth £500,000 (unsharpened). I suppose we can add this item to the growing list of costly, banal art objects prompting public outrage.