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Academy Award Nominee GRAFFITI Bombs L.A.

2/16/2011 7:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A legendary and mysterious graffiti artist -- currently nominated for an Oscar -- has left his mark on the Sunset Strip ... tagging a billboard across the street from the Director's Guild of America.

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The artist known as Banksy -- whose documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is nominated for an Academy Award -- is taking credit for a Mickey Mouse inspired piece he managed to stealthily paint sometime in the past few nights ... without getting caught.  

The billboard sits above one of the most famous gas stations on the strip -- Norm's 76 -- which has been frequented by huge stars like Travolta, Stallone and Vinnie Jones.

Norm's son -- who works at the station -- tells us fans of Banksy have been stopping by all day to admire the work.

021611_banksy_videoAnd employees suspect one of the fans who jumped on the roof of the gas station to snap a photo ... may have been the artist himself.

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1.

BlahBlahBlah    

Big deal.

1155 days ago
2.

gd45    

Banksy = Awesome.

His graffiti is art that should be appreciated, unlike all the crap music and movies of today.

1155 days ago
3.

Jon    

Thats pretty cool. Good work!

1155 days ago
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gemini81    

Nice, I love Banksy's stuff!! He has some great ones in San Francisco, he's an awesome street artist...Google his work, some of it's very thought provoking and relevant!!

1155 days ago
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anonymous    

Nice work. Amazing artist.

1155 days ago
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Snoski Roc    

Bansky looking good. He's following an L.A. graff tradition of bombing a billboard with style. Look up the Murakami billboard bombed by Revok and Augor when Murakami had an exhibit at L.A.'S Museum Of Contemporary Art.

1155 days ago
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srsly    

why do we have famous gas stations? whyyyyyy?

1155 days ago
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Snoski Roc    

Minnie Mouse with a Coke straw...LOL Classic. Looks like good stuff from the looks of her eyes...

1155 days ago
9.

sfd    

Did he also do the dog in the parking lot of the Jewish Youth Center on little Santa Monica in BH?

1155 days ago
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Nostradamus    

Of course it's illegal NO Lady, hence the article mentioning "without getting caught."

1155 days ago
11.

Observer    

Nice?
Amazing?

What if someone tagged 'YOUR' house, or car, or business?
This person puts puts up 'JUNK' costing someone $$ and blights even more our visuals and some of you think this is cool?
Unreal.

1155 days ago
12.

Howard    

You "neglected" to mention the secret TMZ offices is just a stones throw away.

1155 days ago
13.

Dan da man    

Vinnie Jones is a huge star??...LOL..what is TMZ smokin!!!

1155 days ago
14.

Lola Manilow    

LOVE BANKSY!!!! Welcome to Lalaland!

1155 days ago
15.

barry    

sick.

1155 days ago
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