June 12, 2009

Say what you want about the guy; the only thing I’ll say is that I wish I was in Bristol right now. Where else do you think we got the idea for this album cover?





  1. Piro on June 20, 2009 at 1:19 am

    There is nothing better than women :^)

  2. DRUMMERDALZIEL on June 19, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Maybe Banksy will read your praise and come to see you at Sonisphere in return?

    I think his style of art worked well with you guys in the early days, a nice collab. XD

  3. saralouise16 on June 18, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Yes it is very cool, and nice for once that it is not in London. Might be able to go, only a ways up the road….

  4. Madlen on June 16, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Omg that’s soo cool:DEspecially the old Tweety…:D

  5. noahk on June 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Hey Mike, I am a huge fan of LP, as well as banksy. Are you the artist behind the LP image? []

  6. Wisteria on June 15, 2009 at 5:23 am

    One day I’ll see Banksy’s stuff up close and personal, have followed him for years. His rats will always be my favorite, and the stunt he pulled with Paris’s album will never fail to make me laugh. Hard. Interesting about Hybrid Theory. As soon as you said it I could see it, but never really saw it before. Thanks for sharing!

  7. analoggirl on June 14, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I’d really love to see this exhibit. The promo looks incredible and I know that Banksy will not disappoint. (Although, I’m a bit curious; if the Bristol Museum turned itself over to Banksy, is it still considered culture jamming?)

    Also, I didn’t know that Banky was the inspiration for Hybrid Theory. That’s pretty interesting. I love learning about your influences.

    Lastly, I’d like to mention two things that are off-topic… Please tell Brad that he delivered a great keynote address at UCLA. Who knew he’d be such a ham? lol Kudos to him for stepping up.
    And, because I’m curious, what are your thoughts on Trent Rezor’s anti-Twitter rant? (,731489)

  8. LinkinPaul on June 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Mike…I don’t know what to say. I am from Bristol my self, and know that Banksy is known world wide. To learn that you were inspired by his work for the Hybrid Theory album cover is astonishing!! Linkin Park have a link to my home city!! How amazing is that!!? You both should have an art exhibition here in Bristol! Even if it just a mini-exhibition! Please, please come to Bristol, I would love to meet you! Oh, and bring the rest of the band with you!

  9. murphyLP on June 14, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Hey Mike hereΒ΄s BradΒ΄s speech at UCLA… great speech by the way! ( PART 1 ) ( PART 2 )

  10. shadowsreverse on June 14, 2009 at 7:50 am

    move over mike this dude can draw, what u should do is you and him combine together and make another pair of dc kicks that would be sick

  11. Gab on June 14, 2009 at 6:28 am

    sounds great…

  12. fedybob on June 14, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Yeah maybe this will presuade you to do a few shows in Brittain this year ? . . .

  13. rockermeg on June 14, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Um no kidding?
    This guy is a legend… I’m heading down to Bristol to check out the show.
    Apparently he breaks into animal enclosures in zoos and writes stuffs on the walls. Like in a penguin enclosure at London Zoo he wrote, “We’re bored of fish” πŸ™‚
    Woah I didn’t know that was where you got the Hybrid Soldier from!
    Banksy was the first street artist I ever really got into… you see his work everywhere; in London especially.
    Yeeeeah Mike come to England πŸ˜€

  14. Curiosa on June 13, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Hey Mike, I don’t blame you for wanting to be there too cause I’d also like to be there & see his show. πŸ™‚ It looks like it’s going to abe a great show & I love his video. It’s pretty funny. lol Hope you’re having a good weekend. πŸ™‚

    PS: just read 1 of your interviews. So you’re a Decepticon huh? That esplains a lot cause I’m an Autobot! πŸ˜› lol transforms to defensive position πŸ˜› lol

  15. zimminator on June 13, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    wow i wish i had the money to go there!! i really want to go there before i die now….thanks for bringing this up mike

  16. Lvix on June 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    That looks awesome Mike! That tweety thing is cool. You’re going to take Bristol a visit in the next few days?

  17. NoMoreSorrowGirl on June 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Oh! MY God!

    I missed this page!

    Banksy is cool…Love the arts πŸ™‚

    Love the ice cream!looks really yummy…LOL

    First in Carribean then in Bristol where else next!? I thought your hanging out with Paris Hilton and Ronaldo!?…LOL

  18. Snails on June 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I’m going to see it soon! Fortunately for me I live right by Bristol, finally something worthwhile where i live! Also my local gig venue, the Thekla, has a Banksy on the the side of it (the venue is a boat) Which is really cool πŸ™‚

  19. Raspberry on June 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    He makes me proud to be British πŸ™‚

  20. Fiffa on June 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    whoa! so this banksy helped u guys with the album cover? banksy is kinda talented πŸ™‚

  21. lucky_cat on June 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    “Copyright is for losers.” – Banksy –
    (Sometimes I’m not sure if I rather like to look at his stuff or to quote him.)
    Yea, it would be cool to go …

  22. Eddie on June 13, 2009 at 11:38 am

    It’s so cool!!! I laughed a lot at the last seconds with the horse!!!

  23. RYU_08 on June 13, 2009 at 11:32 am

    “Keren abizzzz” mean really awesome XD “suka banget” mean love that…. there cool XD ngarep bngt bsa liat langsung…. idenya kreatif… in English mean…?????… i don’t know my English is bad X( maybe some kind like this “creative” πŸ™‚ or i don’t know what to say in English….. so just that all i can say =p

  24. Phoebolita on June 13, 2009 at 11:17 am

    The man is a genius. That’s all I’m gonna say.

  25. Maaark on June 13, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I’ve never heard about him before. Thank you for sharing! I think he’s pretty creative and weird (but in a good way). I’d love to be in Bristol right now as well.

    Take care Mike, have a nice weekend!

  26. Joanie_LP on June 13, 2009 at 10:06 am

    MIKE, why can’t I find anywhere HT? even in ur stores? is it out of stock?

  27. ThaPoet on June 13, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Wat Up Mike!!! Interesting to know that the HT cover was an idea from Banksy. I will be attending this exhibition and i’ll do a coverage for all LP fans and you! m/

  28. cuz on June 13, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Ha, interesting. I like the way they did the video. Makes me want to see the end. Funny.

  29. zahra on June 13, 2009 at 6:14 am

    this guy is sooo cool!! i love his work!!!!i never knew about him tho…thanx for the share/….and how did this guy made u think about the album cover???!!! was it the style ???or the was of thinking!!???/ as the soldier looks like a bug of it has wings to fly…did he paint something like that???!!…. i saw him use sprys and throw paint (which looks like fun! )lol!! i should try that ! i love the way that guy thinks of stuff its sooo true!!! πŸ™‚

  30. sandra17 on June 13, 2009 at 6:03 am

    HT as I said above is my favorite, and this is an interesting fact πŸ™‚

    The video does not waste LOL.

    Good weekend.

  31. ShadowerLiltani on June 13, 2009 at 5:32 am

    I LOLed. The part with the rocking horse was the best.

  32. toniaLP on June 13, 2009 at 5:23 am

    wow ! i am currently studying in UK but I am leaving in one week (forever) so I want be able to go.. but its cool to watch this kind of art.. i like they way these artists think !

  33. bec on June 13, 2009 at 5:17 am

    what’s stopping you?
    It’s just a 10-13 hour plane journey and then 2 hour drive to bristol from London – Papa Roach are there on monday, make a week of it!

  34. ThePrincess on June 13, 2009 at 5:00 am

    That men are really cool , cranky and very talented too ( the perfect blend for an artist ) .. I like the way he convey a message with a unique art .. pretty amazing !! ..anyway my family has a house at Elton Road not so far from Bristol’s City Museum if you there .. did you want to stop over πŸ™‚ ( I said IF ! .. ) well thanks for sharing daddy and have a nice weekend !!

  35. George on June 13, 2009 at 4:58 am

    holy shit you mean you got the idea for the HT cover off banksy???

    fucking epic!! why did it never occur to me before this?!

    you guys should seriously consider getting him onstage with you sometime. the image of banksy spray-painting a figure on a massive canvas while you guys are performing a reanimation classic (like hi voltage?) is the stuff wet dreams are made of.

    throw your old fans a bone πŸ˜‰

    p.s. new divide video is fucking TIGHT. Australia out.

  36. _MiHaRu_ on June 13, 2009 at 4:50 am

    wow he is awesome!!!his art kicks asses!! πŸ˜›

  37. PrincessbyDawn on June 13, 2009 at 4:09 am

    wow amazing!! Its insane and provocative, like it touchs us without any kind of ‘respect’, without to ask if we are ready! Pretty cool, intelligent and rich…this guy has a very open eye to see and transform in a modern and deep way. Looove it so bad, wish I could see that.Thanks for to share Shinoda, bring more like that to us, pleaseeee hehe….btw, check out (if you don’t know yet) Dave Mckean’s art (, he is an english artist too, works with a huge work mixing images and textures, he is awesome! I even got one tattoo with one of his works.
    Love, Pat

  38. gaby_ on June 13, 2009 at 3:19 am

    ow now i get it πŸ™‚ well cool idea …i think this guy really have something to show ….so what are u waithing for … get off ur ass and go there πŸ™‚ it is not so complicated πŸ˜€ ….

  39. deadzeezorn on June 13, 2009 at 2:32 am

    coool stufff he did i wish i can do things like this…

  40. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on June 13, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Hey Mike πŸ™‚ the vid is awesome!!! “. Where else do you think we got the idea for this album cover?” LOL XD
    take care,

  41. pat on June 13, 2009 at 1:37 am

    HI Mike Loved the video, I know that many people do not like that kind of art but since he is a true artist is! And I love his work ..
    anyway on HT Ahaha I agree with mikenLP_4ever think the fans miss your hair blue / red (it was like a cute alien, without offense, I love alien: P), the chester with hair: D (this is chester a problem with hair is that it is always without hair: S), I know it is part of the past but may at times be good back to the past, I do not know, I like you anyway
    LP 4 EVER

  42. todraw on June 13, 2009 at 1:30 am

    A lot of really cool stuff…. but yea i live in switzerland so i can’t go an see that……^^

  43. Burnt_out_Pheonix on June 13, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I love this guy’s work especially when he expresses his Political views which are very honest and true! also i kinda guessed that was part of idea for the HT album cover a while back πŸ˜›

    If I can get enough money to get the train from london, I’m going! less 12 weeks to save up πŸ˜€

  44. skindesbous on June 13, 2009 at 1:26 am

    I LOVE IIIIIT! (L)_(L)

  45. soyuneik on June 13, 2009 at 1:06 am

    You mean like “genius”? He’s like a class A and I would so live there.
    I shouldn’t be here cuz Im drinking some lemonade that tastes like a Mario fireball. …Not that anyone would notice. (don’t tell them)

  46. bojkic on June 13, 2009 at 12:26 am

    very cool. here is a bbc clip about the exhibition

    I love the strong political and social message his works transmit.

  47. Siby on June 13, 2009 at 12:20 am

    i wish i could be there. i just love his work.its so provocative….thats what we also have to check what he did with the paris hilton album.

  48. miKer0cks on June 12, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Wow! That was amazing! I’d love go see it…The last part with the swat guy an dth epony was hilarious! πŸ˜€ Thx for sharing πŸ™‚

  49. linkinparc on June 12, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I guess while you are goin to be in europe you gotta drop by…

    Mike please explain what inspired you. the artist, the city. merci

  50. Philly_Willy on June 12, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    That was sick. Wish there was stuff like that happening in Sydney though

  51. lp_fm_fan on June 12, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Very cool. I actually saw someone with great talent with the spray can in South America (the people in the plaza) sooo amazing, very cheap too, I got a dolphin one, I still have it to this day and it’s framed. The only issue was bringing it from South America TO Texas, lol. So many planes and I had to carry it around so it wouldn’t get bent. Lol, anyway I wish I could see it too…the Tweety Bird was interesting…haha.

  52. mike_n_LP_4ever on June 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Cool . My friend is really good with spraypainting, and one time, she spraypainted the Hybrid Theory soldier on a city bus here in south Florida . I actually havent seen that bus in while…its been like…2 years . lol Ah…the HT days…I miss them . Frat Party at the Pankake Festival…<3 . Chester's lip peircing and blonde spikey hair, your sexy blue/red hair, Brad with…not much hair . lol But oh well ! That wuz the past ! πŸ™‚ Blah ! Sorry ! Buzzed away from the topic with memories. πŸ˜› He's pretty cool…the ice cream truck looks like it got burnd or caught on fire(?), and then the ice cream on top melted . πŸ˜›


  53. PinkWater3 on June 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    wow, this is brilliant. wish i could go :0 Edit: okay, i just checked the guy out and he’s incredible. definitely my favourite kind of art. thanks for the discovery πŸ™‚

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