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The Banksy Crying Terrorist Ski Mask art piece first appeared in May of 2009 at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. The art is starkly black and white, as are most works by Banksy. Art is meant to provoke and this piece is provocative in its depiction of tears streaming down the ski mask of an armed terrorist.
The art piece is chillingly surreal and thought-inducing. Are the tears of the terrorist meant to symbolize regret for what has been done or for what he is about to do? Or are the tears meant to symbolize joy at the action taken or about to be taken? The audience is left without image of the person’s face; only the eyes show with tears flowing from them.