Banksy Does Bar Codes- Barcodes As Art

banksy barcode Many of us have had the pleasure of stumbling across a work of art by Banksy - the reclusive street artist - while walking down the street somewhere, from NYC to Park City or any number of cities around the world.   I recently came across these barcodes.    

The tiger and barcode image sold for $120,000.  

 I tried to track down the bar code number itself, to see if there was some additional hidden meaning.  I had to play with the number a bit, just to get it to parse in the GTIN lookup tool.   The best I could do was to tie to the GCP (Global Company Prefix) - 31454 - to Little People Video in California. The business seems to have been dissolved some time ago.  I've no idea if there is a connection or not.  (see image all the way at the bottom.)  The ten digits could certainly relate to someting else.  Maybe the 3-14-54 has some meaning?  If you know - please enlighten me.   


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If you feel the need to wear a bar code, you can find it on Etsy -

Other websites with Banksy art :

Artnet -

Stencil Revolution -

TradeMe -

Lionel Gallery -

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Other articles about bar code art:

Barcode Art by Scott Blake
(The BarCode News)
... referred to as the barcode artist, Scott Blake's art revolves around this central theme. For ten years, he has been building portraits using barcodes as pixels. His barcode Elvis is on display at Ripley ...
Making Barcodes a Piece of Art
(The BarCode News)
 What has been known as a simple form of product identification has now been transformed into a magnificent piece of barcode art thanks to a team of inspired artists at Design Barcode. ...
BarCode Art Makes Art Lovers Line Up
(The BarCode News)
... 30 portraits and collages, received countless awards and has been seen at numerous exhibitions displaying his work. Scott Blake’s barcode art is like none other. For most of his art, he will take real ...
Tag of the Week: Blue Moon
(QR codes and 2D ) In honor of this occurrence, I've created the Tag of the Week and named it "Once in a Blue Moon." Use the Tag Reader app to read 2D Logo Tags by daCosta, Microsoft ...
Tag of the Week: Chocolate Tag
(QR codes and 2D )
Chocolate is one of my favorite things, and printing is another interest of mine, so when I was asked to create a custom Microsoft Tag for Images Printed on Chocolate I felt like a kid in a candy factory. ...
Tag of the Week: Snap You're It!
(QR codes and 2D )
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Tag of the Week: Living Business Cards
(QR codes and 2D )
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Tag of the Week: Extreme Microsoft Tag 2D Bar Codes
(QR codes and 2D )
When it comes to 2D bar codes the Microsoft Tag is a champion of customization. QR Codes are more popular and I have seen some very nice artistic expression using QR codes, but it is difficult to escape ...
Tag of the Week: Secret Art
I do not know if this is a new form of art or a new technology. Is a barcode still a barcode if it looks like art? If no one ...
Tag of the Week: 2D BarCode Pillows
(QR codes and 2D)
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