What is Pest Control?

We're the office that handles the paperwork for the graffiti artist Banksy. We keep detailed records of all the artwork, answer enquiries and intercept hate mail. We are the sole point of contact for the artist.

So if I have a question for Banksy I come through you?

If you're talking to Banksy through any other channel - you're not. Please bear in mind that we sometimes receive lots of enquiries a day so whilst we'll try and deal with you as promptly as possible, please be patient. Banksy doesn't outsource being Banksy to anyone else and the service industry hasn't come naturally to any of us.

If you're thinking of writing to ask Banksy to paint your sitting room or design your company logo - please don't. If you're thinking of writing in because you have privileged access to a secure facility that needs vandalising - please do.

I see a lot of different exhibitions of Banksy work opening in a lot of different countries, what's going on?

Banksy is not involved or associated with any of them.

What is a Certificate of Authenticity?

It's like an M.O.T. for the art world. The certificate of authenticity (COA) means you can buy, sell or insure a piece of art knowing it's legitimate and the wheels won't fall off. Pest Control Office is the only source of COA's for Banksy. We issue them for paintings, prints, sculptures and other attempts at creativity. We don't issue them for things like stickers, posters, defaced currency or anything which wasn't originally intended as a 'work of art'. And we certainly don't issue them for anything committed illegally, because we have a lawyer.

The Antiques Roadshow sums it up rather well. Here.

Where can I buy new Banksy artwork?

Banksy is not represented by any other gallery or institution. Pest Control is the only point of sale for new work by the artist.

There is currently something / nothing available.

I want to buy a Banksy, how do I know it's real?

If you're about to spend a lot of money please be careful. Some people go to great lengths to sell expensive fakes with convincing back stories. In response to some rather tragic stories we've started a ‘Keeping It Real' service. Here.

I am a journalist / media person - who do I contact?
For all statements, shrugs and pointless denials please contact: [email protected].
How can I tell what Banksy merchandise is genuine?

Banksy only makes merchandise sporadically for certain specific projects. The result being that if something looks like a ‘Banksy product' it almost certainly isn't.

So whilst it's admittedly quite funny that one nutter in Norway legally changed their name to ‘Banksy' in order to get paid to endorse wine, you should treat any such products with scepticism. Heard of the phrase ‘in vino veritas'? Doesn't apply here.

I believe I have worked out who Banksy really is.

Great, Banksy hugely appreciates any suggestions and is currently struggling with that very question. Please write 'existential crisis' in the email heading.

I have a rodent infestation, when can you come?

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