Street artist Banksy tags tube, says don’t be a rat, wear a mask

  • The graffiti artwork by Banksy named “Girl with a Pierced Eardrum” is seen with a protective face mask at Hannover Place on April 27, 2020 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images/TNS)

He’s doing his best to qualify as an “underground” artist.

Banksy made his mark on the London Underground, dipping into the subway with a pile of paint to coat a car with rats engaging in coronavirus-themed behaviors.


On Tuesday, the elusive English street artist — whose identity is studiously kept secret from the broader public — shared a video on Instagram showing the tube as it turned into his canvas.

Banksy dressed as a street cleaner, clad in white and bright orange with goggles and blue gloves.

In the tagged car, an unmasked rat sneezes specks onto a window. Another rodent dispenses hand sanitizer.

“If you don’t mask — you don’t get,” Banksy captioned the post.

Banksy often draws rats. He once coated his own bathroom with them.


At the end of the clip, the car doors close, and a painted sentiment blaring in blue on the wall outside the train — “I GET LOCKDOWN” — is replaced with lettering painted on the closing car doors.


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