The Banksy Sweeping It Under The Carpet stencil graffiti street art, upon which this Sweeping It Under The Carpet t-shirt is based, was created in Chalk Farm, Camden, London.
The highly political Banksy piece, as shown on this Banksy t-shirt, was commissioned by British newspaper The Independent, when U2's Bono was the Editor, and was said to be representative of The West's reluctance to address third-world issues such as that of AIDS in Africa.
Banksy himself was quoted by The Independent in May 2006, speaking about this particular piece, stating that it was also about the democratisation of subjects in works of art. He said, "In the bad old days, it was only popes and princes who had the money to pay for their portraits to be painted. This is a portrait of a maid called Leanne who cleaned my room in a Los Angeles motel. She was quite a feisty lady."
The artwork is printed at the bottom of our Premium T-shirt!