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Former Banksy Collaborator Says Online Photos Of Him Are Real

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 6: A new stencil and spray paint artwork, by guerilla graffiti artist Banksy, appears in Fitzrovia, October 6, 2011 in London, England. The piece, that shows a rat having written a message which reads 'If Graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal', has been covered in plexiglass in order to protect it. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images) | Getty

Ever since Banksy arrived in New York City this month, bloggers have gone crazy speculating as to the true identify of Britain's illustrious -- and very anonymous -- street artist.

It turns out we may have already seen his face before.

Joel Unangst, a Los Angeles warehouse owner who granted Banksy the space to erect his first American art show, confirmed that the man featured in photos the Daily Mail published in 2008 is the devilish graffiti master himself.

In an interview with The Huffington Post's Mallika Rao, Unangst pointed specifically to these images, claiming that they are, in fact, the real deal.

“There’s pictures of him at the Daily Mail,” he said.

Unangst has spoken about his experience of meeting Banksy in Los Angeles before, describing the mysterious Brit as a man who dresses in white paint-smudged T-shirts, shorts, and sneakers. Following his 2007 interview with The New Yorker, however, Unangst had a "fallout" with Banksy and his team, thus ending his communication with the famous street artist.

“If you want to be cool with Banksy, you don’t really talk about him," Unangst explained to HuffPost.

For more information on why Unangst and other street art figures believe Banksy has been able to keep his identity a secret, check out our complete interview here. For more on the Banksy's month-long New York City residency, which ends Thursday, visit our Live Blog.

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