I Fought The Law (Red)
- Title: I Fought The Law (Red) Signed
- Medium: Screen print
- Date: 2004
- Edition: 8 (All signed)
- Dimensions: 70 x 70 cm
- Published by: POW
- Signature: Signed bottom right and numbered bottom right
Banksy created the print ‘I Fought the Law’ in 2004. The limited edition print run is comprised of 500 unsigned pieces and 150 signed pieces, all in black and white with an orange colorway for the writing in the picture. Banksy also created 32 Artist Proofs, with 8 APs in each of 4 colors: pink, yellow, red, and red-orange (no black).
‘I Fought The Law’ is a humorous anti-authoritarian artwork but the title and graffiti text in the image reference to the Clash song of the same name and is one of two Clash-related references Banksy has used throughout his career; the other being the street art graffiti of a punk smashing an office chair (a reference to the seminal Clash album ‘London Calling.)
The figures in this Banksy artwork for sale are derived from video footage of John Hinkley’s assassination attempt on U.S. President Ronald Regan on March 30th, 1981. John Hinkley was a delusional schizophrenic who was convinced that actress Jodi Foster would be impressed if he assassinated the President outside of the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. Hinkley fired a total of five rounds, and there were no casualties.
The themes explored in this Banksy print resemble those of his later work, ‘Choose Your Weapon’. The man on the ground lays wounded, surrounded by armed CIA members. The figure on the ground lays in stark contrast: his weapon is not a firearm, but a paintbrush. Banksy has said previously that a wall is ‘the largest and most effective weapon a person can use.’