The Joy of Not Being Sold Anything

The Joy of Not Being Sold Anything by Banksy
After my recent anti-ad rant, I found these words by Banksy almost poetic. I sighed. It’s perfect. If only all billboards were this awesome.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. You are still selling Blick art supplies. You are also trying to sell your ideas and opinions.

  2. Brilliant! Both the Banksy piece and the first part of the anonymous comment :)

  3. True. I accept that I’m a contradiction. But what other alternative is there? Should I go get a job that I hate, just because I don’t like advertising? There’s NO escaping advertising in a modern society today.

    Having said that, the blog will be adless next time I update the template as I’m not making any money from it anyway.

  4. Done.. no more ads for now.

    I’m not trying to sacrifice for the good of an ad-free internet though. I just havent found an advertiser that is right for the blog yet.

  5. Are you familiar with Culture Pundits? Art-related ads, such as for museums or artist’s works.

  6. I am very cross that Banksy has defaced my latest bill board ad. It’s part of a campaign to sell a new shade of blue which I’ve claimed copyright on. Dick Blick wouldn’t touch it so I thought I’d try a subtle subliminal poster sales drive. It was working very well until this Banksy muscled in on the act. Now I’ve got to try and sell this bill board… anyone bid me a tenner?

    I’m very sorry to learn you are not making any money from your Blick art supplies ad. I think everyone posting on your blog should give the ad a click. Click Blick and lets keep you out the horrors of the rat race… I don’t know what crimes you got transported for in the first place but whatever they were, you certainly don’t deserve being made to go and get a job as well.

    As for other ads on your site the more the better – can’t you get some google pay per click art related stuff. If you were in the UK i’d sugest the Arts Council but they tend to only fund crap so sadly you would probably be too good for them. Maybe i should try and get them to sponsor bill board…? Must dash …got some forms to fill in!

  7. SPOT ON! – I’m going to live in North Korea from now on – where there is no filthy commercialism!

    or anything else…

  8. Donald Frazell says:

    Come on now, the perfect advertisiers would be the best, shoe companies and G, gatorade. Look at that incredible ad Adidas did of the guy walking through that British museum and being chased by the “art participant” running through the corridors.

    What could possinbly be more creative than that? And now that we are broke and alot more time on our hands, even artists can get out there and start getting in shape, Just Do It!

    And Comedy Central would be great too, after all, what is a bigger joke than the current art “scene”? Colbert and Jon Stewart need new targets with Bush gone, just imagine what they could do with Damien Hirst aand Cloaca?

    art collegia delenda est
    damn its fun baiting Brits.

  9. I know the guy who runs Culture Pundits. Not sure if the bloggers on that network make any money or not, but it would be worth looking into.

    Blog ads are a funny thing. I’ve read about blogs with 30,000+ traffic earning a few grand per month while others only bring $100 or lower. I’ve never figured out how it works exactly.

    You can’t compare a blog ad to a huge freaking ad in a major city as far as I’m concerned. That is like saying a goldfish is in the same league as a shark.

  10. Earl, I think I must have been transported for being a troublemaker. If I had just shut my mouth and marched like all of the good drones in society, I might still be complaining about never seeing the

    Now I’m complaining about too much bloody sun!!

    I’m not using google ads as they can be abused by people that don’t understand that I’m right and theyre

    Art, I’ll have to have a look at Culture Pundits.

    Lennard, North Korea is sounding good if that’s how it is. Sounds like paradise.

    Brian, from my experience, art sites pay very little, and art blogs pay even less. Unless you have some kind of service or subscription method on offer.

    I might see if an oil company or weapons manufacturing company will sponsor me. They seem to have full

  11. You should establish an e-letter for your blog. Something that people can subscribe to if they wish. Truth be told you have one of the most popular art blogs on the net at this time. Trust me, I do a lot of research on different art topics online and I often see your blog in the first few pages of my searches. That is impact man. I’m sure people would sign up if you had an e-letter. Then you chould offer companies ad slots on the e-letter. Get 20,000 or so subscribers and you could charge $300 per add slot easy.

  12. Though I must say that it would be interesting to see Art News Blog join the arms race. ;p

  13. Yeah, I have been meaning to start a newsletter with post updates Brian. I just never seem to get around to it.

    Google does seem to give the blog some love, which is a good thing.

    Thanks for the tip. It’s something to think about.

    Maybe I can approach some Chinese oil painting factories to sponsor my blog. I could start with the one that spams my site daily with tens of links to their crap. He seems keen enough to be mentioned on the

  14. Did you get the same spam comment I received? It was from a Chinese painting company and was over a page long in length with at least 30 links. It was odd because someone had mentioned those shops a few days ago in a comment. So does mentioning it trigger the spam or what?

  15. Sounds like the same comment spammer Brian. I dont think it matters if you mention them or not, but it probably doesnt help.

    They comment on all my pages. I now have it so that older posts are moderated before being published, so they can’t publish their crap on 20 different pages a day.

  16. Donald Frazell says:

    Sounds like you are putting alot of work in for a pittance a day. i am no commie, get that list going and make some bucks, you deserve it. Even with guys who call you elitist writing. We need those guys to prove we are right, stupidity always validates Truth.
    Go for it, and just maybe some people wiht a sense of humor in marketing wil use you, most art blogs lack comedy completey, its only in the responses by Artistes, that we can get some laughs.

    I am telling you, that Adidas ad was brilliant, a hundred times better than the silly artwork it used, as Jon Stewart used Dick Chaney. The useles absudities of the art world will never end, but we can only hope some true quality will now arise, there is a tiny window of opportunity, the demand is there. It wasnt before, it is needed. Lets get to work! But we need some laughs along the way too. Sardine cans and all.

    art collegia delenda est

  17. I don’t know why, but I love Banksy.

  18. personally I think banksy is the spawn of satan, only more cliched – however this one did make me chuckle!!!

    good blog by the way

  19. ad⋅ver⋅tise [ad-ver-tahyz, ad-ver-tahyz] Show IPA Pronunciation
    verb, -tised, -tis⋅ing.
    –verb (used with object) 1. to announce or praise (a product, service, etc.) in some public medium of communication in order to induce people to buy or use it: to advertise a new brand of toothpaste.
    2. to give information to the public about; announce publicly in a newspaper, on radio or television, etc.: to advertise a reward.
    3. to call attention to, in a boastful or ostentatious manner: Stop advertising yourself!
    4. Obsolete. to give notice, advice, or information to; inform: I advertised him of my intention.
    5. Obsolete. to admonish; warn.

    –verb (used without object) 6. to ask for something by placing a notice in a newspaper, over radio or television, etc.: to advertise for a house to rent.
    7. to offer goods for sale or rent, solicit funds, etc., by means of advertisements: It pays to advertise.
    8. Cards. a. Poker. to bluff so as to make the bluff obvious.
    b. Rummy. to discard a card in order to induce an opponent to discard one of the same suit or denomination.

    …personally i like definition number 4, which doesn’t seem to have anything to do with money. that should tell us something? lol.

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