According to the Daily Mail, a new book titled Freedom Through Football contains the first ever confirmed photos of the famously secretive British street artist Banksy. The confirmation comes from Will Simpson, secretary of the British football club Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls. The book features numerous photos of the artist painting several murals while in Mexico in 2001. There’s a catch—the face of the artist is blurred out to protect his identity.
According to Simpson, “[Banksy] went on tour with us to Mexico in 2001 and painted a number of murals in the community.” Simpson adds that after the trip, “He may have moved to London- we see him every so often when he comes back to Bristol.”
The book chronicles the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls, a group that prides itself on being “Britain’s most intrepid sports club” by sending teams of amateur athletes to compete in troubled communities across the world.
The trip that Banksy apparently took part in saw the Cowboys and Cowgirls compete against the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. The murals pictured in the book are chronicling the group’s fight for independence.
Despite these photos, the true identity of Banksy remains a secret. Check out the photos below, courtesy of Tangent Books and SWNS.com