‘Valentine’s Day Mascara’ Street Art by Banksy, Margate 2023

Banksy’s new stencilled artwork entitled ‘Valentine’s Day mascara’ has appeared along Grosvenor Place in Margate.

The artwork shows a stereotypical 1950s-dressed housewife wearing a blue checkered dress and yellow rubber gloves. However, she also has a black eye and a missing tooth.

She is closing the lid of a discarded trunk freezer, with a pair of men’s legs and shoes seen poking out from the other side. The artwork highlights the issue of domestic violence.

Most of us celebrate Valentine’s Day with loved ones sharing cards, flowers and romantic meals. However, for some, it is just another day of living in fear of abuse. Love and relationships should be based on equality and respect, not violence and abuse. Love should not hurt.

Banksy confirmed the stencil art was his own work via his Instagram account.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 – www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ (run by Refuge)

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against all women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence), girls and the planet. V-Day believes that when art and activism come together, they have the power to transform systems and change culture.

V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine’s Day as V-Day to celebrate women and end violence.



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