The Death of Street Art Troll Hanksy

Learn why NYC artist Adam Lucas wants to put an end to his viral street art alias.

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HYPEBEAST Impressions is an ongoing video series that delves into the mind of today’s leading art contemporaries. For our second installment, we got an exclusive look inside New York City-based artist Adam Lucas’s studio in Chinatown.

Lucas, formerly known as the notorious street artist Hanksy, made a name for himself by reproducing pop culture figures into parodic public art memes. His most famous one involves Banksy’s signature rat stencil with Tom Hanks’ face emblazoned on its head. One of his more recent victims includes President Donald Trump in which the artwork portrays the iPhone’s poop emoji embellished with Trump’s face which he dubs Dump Trump.

After nearly seven years of producing viral street art as Hanksy, Lucas wants to rebrand himself as an artist by using his real name. This pivotal transition in his career coincided with his first showing as Adam Lucas in an exhibit titled, “Some Grow Up, Others Grow Down,” this past November.

Watch the video above to learn more about Adam Lucas and follow him on Instagram to view his latest projects.

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