A YouTuber user has uploaded a video claiming to depict mysterious graffiti artist Banksy.
The identity of the artist and political activist has long been subject of debate. In 2008, The Daily Mail reported Banksy’s true identity to be Bristol native Robin Gunningham, while more recently an internet theory suggested that Banksy could be a team of collaborators helmed by Massive Attack.
Now this new video shows a hooded man near what appears to be a new Banksy piece. Interrupted by the cameraperson, the man swiftly flees.
The YouTuber writes in a caption: “So I was walking home from work late last night and I was watching a street artist doing a piece in hosier lane. I double backed and pulled out my phone as he was finishing up. Can’t believe I just met Banksy!”
However, some commenters have noted that the man appears too young to be Banksy, who is thought to have started his career in the 1990s. Others have suggested that Banksy rarely signs his own work, unlike in this new piece.
Watch the video beneath.
In June, Banksy surprised pupils and teachers at a school in Bristol by painting a 6ft mural on a wall, after a classroom was named in the street artist’s honour.
The mural, which shows a child chasing a burning wheel, was sprayed on a wall at Bridge Farm Primary School in the artist’s home city – and was discovered after pupils returned from half term.
The artist also accompanied the piece with a handwritten letter, in which he thanked the school for naming a classroom after him.
Banksy wrote: “Dear Bridge Farm School. Thanks for your letter and naming a house after me.
“Please have a picture. If you don’t like it feel free to add stuff. I’m sure the teachers won’t mind. Remember – it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love Banksy.”