Cartrain vs Damien Hirst + Cartrain ‘Ransom’ Print Release

Cartrain 'Ransom' Edition of 20 Size: 13 x 19 Inches £65 Each

Cartrain 'Ransom' Edition of 20 Size: 13 x 19 Inches £65 Each

Here’s the story…

16 year old graffiti artist Cartrain walked into the Tate London and removed a packet of pencils from one of Damien Hirst exhibits. Damien Hirst and Cartrain have a long-standing rocky history. Earlier this year Hirst targeted the young graffiti artist Cartrain using Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) for breach of copyright infringement on his latest series of artworks being sold via 100artworks.com. The box of very rare “FABER CASTELL dated 1990 Mongol 482 series” pencils were removed from Damien Hirst’s “PHARMACY installation” by Cartrain on Thursday the 2nd of July around 4pm. Not long after the pencils were removed from the installation a fake police ‘appeal for assistance’ posters appeared all around London. This is the latest in a string of events surrounding the feud between the two artists. It began when Damien Hirst contracted the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) to send a string of legal letters to Cartrain’s art dealer Tom Cuthbert at 100artworks.com in regards to Cartrain’s series of artworks ‘For the Love of God’. The online gallery surrendered the artworks to Damien Hirst with a verbal apology. The legal grounds in which Hirst requested the artworks are very questionable and the story spread across the Internet like wild fire. The Independent, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Popbitch and many other online blogs reported it. The urban art communities are currently heavily debating the actions of Cartrain and what his next steps will be. Is this a random act of vandalism or a calculated guerilla art stunt? Only time will tell. Cartrain’s Demands… For the safe return of Damien Hirst’s pencils I would like my artworks back that DACS and Hirst took off me in November. It’s not a large demand. He can have his pencils back when I get my artworks back. DACS are now not taking any notice of my emails and I have asked nicely more than five times to try and resolve this matter. Hirst has until the end of this month to resolve this or on 31st of July the pencils will be sharpened. He has been warned.

Image of police poster…

Cartrain Police Poster

Cartrain Police Poster

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~ by postersandprints on September 6, 2009.

One Response to “Cartrain vs Damien Hirst + Cartrain ‘Ransom’ Print Release”

  1. Please support Cartrain…

    Artworks available from http://www.100artworks.com

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