Blink and you’ll miss it – Banksy‘s latest artwork has been seen recently on the walls of a train carriage on the London Tube, but it has since been removed by cleaners oblivious to the fact. Titled, “If you don’t mask – you don’t get,” the graffiti artwork by the England-based artist and activist is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what seems to be a statement on face masks.
A video posted on his Instagram two days ago (14 July) shows a man, believed to be Banksy himself, dressed in a clean-up suit boarding the Tube and spray painting the walls of a carriage.
As the minute-long Instagram video comes to a close, we see the phrase “I get lockdown” on a station wall, before the train’s doors close to reveal “but I get up again” – a nod to the 1997 hit song “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba.
Transport for London have shared their appreciation for Banksy’s work; however, they confirmed that it was removed due to anti-graffiti policies. They went on to conclude that he is encouraged to design a more permanent message “in a suitable location.”