Did British Street Artist Banksy Leave His Mark in Louisiana?

Lindsay Mannering
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Phone BoxThis is crazy, crazy awesome. There's a vandal in Moss Bluff, Louisiana who has an amazing sense of humor, and an even keener sense of timing. This mystery man or woman is stenciling the face of Carlton Banks onto telephone boxes around town. No, I am not kidding.

You remember Carlton Banks, right? Played by actor Alfonso Ribeiro, he was the prepster cousin of Will Smith in the '90s hit sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I'm not sure how many times on the playground I imitated Carlton's dance to Tom Jones' song, "It's Not Unusual," but it numbered in the millions.

People are really confused by the act and residents just want to know what it's all about. What's the meaning?

I think I know who's behind this, and it couldn't have been better timing.

Street art has gotten a lot of attention as of late and artists like Banksy, Invader, and Mr. Brainwash have become pretty famous in their own right. Exit Through the Gift Shop, a film following Mr. Brainwash's rise to street-art fame in Los Angeles, is, what do you know, nominated for the Best Documentary Academy Award.

Is this Carlton Banks stunt one of ... Banksy's? See where I'm going there? Banks, Banksy? Anyone?

As street art gains momentum and critical acclaim, maybe Banksy chose a small town in Louisiana to leave his marker's mark and to get people talking. 

Or maybe it's a bored high-school student who really likes Fresh Prince.

Banksy's art has been sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, so these phone boxes might be worth something. Hand me a shovel, some wire cutters, and a ticket to Moss Bluff, if it's a Banksy original, I want my share.

 

Photo via KSDk.com

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