Who Robs A Banksy? is a new podcast uncovering one of the most bizarre and notorious art heists in recent history.
It tells the story of self-proclaimed ‘art terrorist’ Andy Link’s kidnapping of a Banksy statue and its subsequent disappearance from his back garden.
In the six-part series, podcast host and journalist Jake Warren speaks to ‘Tiger King of the art scene’ Andy and those closest to Banksy himself, exposing their two-decade-long feud and attempting to track down the world’s most elusive anonymous artist.
In 2004, former porn star and football hooligan-turned artist Andy, along with his subversive art collective ‘Art Keida’ stole Banksy’s ‘The Drinker’ sculpture from central London in broad daylight.
The piece was held to ransom in his back garden of all places, only for it to be snatched again and mysteriously auctioned over 10 years later with Sotheby’s.
Who Robs a Banksy? tells this absurd story, journeying through some of the UK’s most subversive sub-cultures, from 80s football hooliganism to the 90s illegal rave scene, and even fetish parties.
There is more to this than Andy Link’s vendetta, it’s more than just a wild tale. It’s a starting point for questioning the public’s perception of Banksy and asking, why is he perceived as the ‘Robin Hood’ of art when he makes millions out of ‘anti-establishment’ pieces?
Who Robs A Banksy? is a Podimo and Message Heard production and available on all major podcast platforms from Thursday 27 of April.