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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Targeted by Banksy Apprentice

7/14/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. has been blindsided by a wave of cryptic Red Hot Chili Peppers-themed street art -- and TMZ has learned the secret identity of the man behind the onslaught ... Banksy protégé Mr. Brainwash.

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Mr. Brainwash -- real name Thierry Guetta -- tells TMZ, RHCP hired him to use street art to promote their new album ... set for release in August ... which is why each poster contains the date 8/30/11.

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Brainwash -- who starred in the infamous Banksy documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" -- wouldn't specify how much he's getting paid for the gig, but tells us, his job is far from done ... in fact, he and RHCP are teaming up on several more projects.

We called the Peppers' peeps for comment several times -- but so far, no word back.



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dimes    

Cool. Where are they?

1175 days ago
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jb    

Effing amazing!

1175 days ago
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Northern Lights    

I'm a BIG FAN!! KEEP EM' COMING, GUYS!!!

GREAT ARTISTRY, SO CREATIVE(they always think & make ya go ....hmmmm)!!!!!!

Amazing work!!!

1175 days ago
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Dragon Tattoo    

so...who is the celebrity involved in this ?

1175 days ago
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thestupid    

Rip that crap of the walls!!! Banksy and his moron buddy need to be arrested. Put your **** in a "art" studio.

1175 days ago
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lala    

FK Banksy. Thats not graffiti art, thats stenciling. I HATE this pretentious hipster artsy movement. He's not even doing it himself. Truly Fk him.

1175 days ago
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Bubba    

Have they ever tried to do this in Singapore?

1175 days ago
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Rotter    

RHCP is so totally over rated, it makes me sick. That bass thumping shint sucks. Next!!

1175 days ago
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SLH    

won't local governments sue the band for the cost of removal of graffiti if they chose to?

1175 days ago
10.

Red Bunny    

No one seems to realize that Exit Through the Giftshop was made by Banksy to completely discredit this moron. Am I the only one who saw the movie? Or understood it?

1175 days ago
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j.o.p.    

banksy hates this guy by the way

1175 days ago
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static    

Good now the cops know who to go after, I expect an arrest and a huge fine for the nitwits involved.

1175 days ago
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DHod33    

Mr. Brainwash is a F***ing HACK!!! He's a guy that essentially has other people photoshop images onto wallpaper. Anyone can hang wallpaper. Where's the art? Banksy hates this clown and for good reason. Exit thru the gift shop...... watch it.

1175 days ago
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Bob    

If he was "hired" by RHCP it would seem they could be held liable for his actions. In other words, charged for the cleaning.

1175 days ago
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MissAnn    

Way to out someone TMZ, you fkn morans.

1175 days ago
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