A brief history of my Banksy “Flower Bomber” costume
It’s Halloween, so that means my “Flower Bomber” costume from four years ago has found renewed interest. This year’s excitement has been an interview with PBS NewsHour as well as being declared “brilliant” by Buzzfeed (take that for what you will).
The reason I’m finally writing something about the costume is that it’s clear that it has become “a thing” and may be the thing that I am most known for around the world, so I should probably give it some context. It’s been sitting in my Flickr feed for four years with zero context.
Another reason is that my image was also used by Buzzfeed without attributing the source. The excuse is often “well, you know how the internet is.” The virality of photos and the ease of losing the attribution across the vast Tumblr sea is a problem, but when the Google search is as simple as “Banksy costume” you have to wonder how much effort-to-dollar ratio sites like Buzzfeed are expending. This should hopefully ease the burden of the next wannabe listicle outlet (I’m looking at you, TheChive)…