However, one photographer is taking a different tack entirely and bringing Banksy’s iconic works to life by using real people and objects in place of the originals.
As a second installment to his successful You Are Not Banksy series British born photographer Nick Stern has recreated 11 more of the graffiti star’s most famous works.
Determined to create photos as true to the originals as possible, Stern spent weeks scouring the internet to find the right costumes and props.
‘Each frame takes two to three hours to shoot but it is finding the props and costumes that is the time-consuming part. I spent weeks searching the internet,’ he said.
For items too-costly to buy or rent, Stern makes the prop himself.
He managed to recreate the M-60 machine gun the little boy is holding in Banksy's original by sawing down a similar gun and rebuilding it with sprinkler tube and electrical fittings.
While he is chuffed with image of the boy with the gun, he told MailOnline that the Pulp Fiction recreation is another favourite.
‘It still has that (Quentin) Tarantino feel to it. Very dark,’ he said.
Stern, 47, who emigrated to LA five years ago from Hertfordshire, says he has always admired Banksy. ‘I love his cheek and humour,’ he said.
'Much of art is a recreation or interpretation of real life, but this is the other way round - I wanted real life to recreate art,’ he said of the concept.
Stern casts friends who look similar to Banksy’s characters to take part in the shoots.
This time round, he even managed to convince a Navy SEAL to pose as a soldier in the replication of the peace sign image.
Following the positive feedback from the series, Stern is hoping to release a book of the work in the fall.
But first Banksy needs to be onboard for his images to be reproduced, explained Stern.
Stern has reached out to Banksy, who has not yet commented on what he thinks of the recreations.
The name of the exhibition came from a piece of graffiti by Common Cents on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue.
The image shows a woman holding a spray can with ‘You are a miracle’ written alongside. A prankster changed it to read, ‘You are not Banksy.’
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