Barcode (Unsigned) – Banksy

Title: Barcode (Unsigned)
Year: 2004
Medium: Screen print on paper
Size: 50 × 70cm
Edition of 600

Stamped with the red Banksy tag as issued, numbered from the edition of 600 in pencil.
Pest Control Certificate Included

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Barcode, often called ‘ Barcode Leopard Tiger,’ is an early and highly coveted stencil artwork created by Banksy in 2004. He released the artwork for sale in an edition of 750, with 150 signed prints and 600 unsigned prints. Some prints include a red stamp in the lower-left corner, while some do not. Banksy has used the image of the barcode in other works including the Barcode Shark and art for album covers.

Bansky’s Barcode is a one-color screen print depicting a leopard (some say a tiger) sauntering into the foreground of the composition, leaving behind a cage on wheels. The cage is actually a bar code symbol, and the bars of the cage are also the bars of the code. The bars are parted open in one area, leaving a gaping hole where we can assume that the leopard escaped. Barcode is an extremely clever artwork that calls attention to the illegal leopard, tiger, and big cat trading on the world black market.