Glastonbury music festival Banksy Stormzy British rapper stab-proof vest union jack painted activism protest racial violence stabbing uk

Banksy Explores Fashion with a Message

What could possibly result from a collaboration between two of Europe’s most popular grime-scene celebrities?

Stormzy, British rapper and singer, and Banksy, notorious street-artist, came together to make a bold political statement at Glastonbury.

Bansky designed a stab-proof, Union Jack-painted vest that Stormzy wore while headlining at the UK’s famous festival.

Banksy claimed responsibility for the vest on Instagram, writing,

“I made a customised stab-proof vest and thought - who could possibly wear this? Stormzy at Glastonbury.”

The outfit choice carried particular weight in the U.K., as stabbing homicides have recently reached record numbers.

Glastonbury music festival Banksy Stormzy British rapper stab-proof vest union jack painted activism protest racial violence stabbing uk

After the stabbing death of 14-year-old Jaden Moodie in January, the discussion about race and knife crime has surfaced as an important topic of conversation. 

Glastonbury music festival Banksy Stormzy British rapper stab-proof vest union jack painted activism protest racial violence stabbing uk

Afua Hirsch, a writer for The Guardian, states,

“In our time, if the state were interested in the wellbeing of black families, I doubt it would be actively trying to deport married black fathers who have been in the country since childhood and are active carers to small children in otherwise stable, two-parent households.”

Both Stormzy and Banksy are no strangers to political activism, with histories of speaking out against former British issues. Thus, this partnership at Glastonbury - a festival known for its activist roots - provided both with the perfect stage needed to send this message. 

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