Ever since the name Banksy entered the cultural lexicon, guessing at the infamous street artist’s true identity has been something of an international pastime.
Now, fans believe the DJ Goldie may have accidentally revealed the true name of the mysterious painter, in an interview with Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces podcast.
“Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we’re sorted. We can sell it now,” said Goldie, who has claimed to be a friend of Banksy’s.
“No disrespect to Robert,” he added. “I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”
The artist’s casual use of the name “Robert” re-ignited theories that Banksy is actually Robert Del Naja, the 52-year-old member of trip hop trio Massive Attack.
Goldie appears to be laughing the rumours off, tweeting that he was on the phone with Mr Del Naja, ‘f***ing p***ing our pants'” – not quite what you would call a denial.
While “Robert” could really be anyone – and the whole thing could be a giant prank, or a simple slip of the tongue – there’s some pretty compelling evidence to back the theory up.
Banksy makes his mark across America
1. Both spent their formative years in Bristol
Mr Del Naja, who goes by the stage name “3D,” was born in Bristol. He spent the years before joining Massive Attack performing with Bristol-based band The Wild Bunch.
While no one knows for sure where Banksy was born, his career started with freehand graffiti art as part of Bristol’s DryBreadZ Crew in the 1990s.
2. Their art shares many similarities
A Massive Attack album cover designed by Robert Del Naja
Mr Del Naja is actually a well-known visual artist, whose art has appeared on every one of Massive Attack’s record sleeves. He started his career as a graffiti artist and is…