UKRAINE POSTAL SERVICE INTRODUCES BANSKY’S FCK PTN! STAMP ONE YEAR AFTER RUSSIAN INVASION
It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since Russia first invaded Ukraine. To commemorate this awful reality, the Ukraine Postal Service has announced yet another amazing stamp many in the West may also want to buy. But this one is especially special. It was created by the infamous and mysterious activist and artist Bansky, who never pulls any punches with his often viral messaging. So of course this stamp comes with the caption, FCK PTN! After all, who else is to blame for this war that is destroying a country and polarizing the world’ superpowers?
“We believe that the Ukrainian postage stamp “FCK PTN!” will also become prophetic,” said Igor Smelyanskyi, Director General of Ukrposhta (Ukraine Post). “And in 2023, Ukraine, which is smaller in terms of territory but hundreds of times more motivated, will finally ‘pin Russia to the mat.”
FCK PTN! STAMP SHOWS LITTLE BOY KNOCKING OUT A GROWN MAN, AND ALLEGORY FOR THE WAR
Let’s hope so! From the Ukrposhta’s official statement: The graffiti on the wall of a damaged building in urban-type settlement Borodyanka, which depicts the duel of two judokas, was chosen by Ukrposhta as a sketch for the postal issue “FCK PTN!”. A little boy who knocks out a grown man is an allegorical image – this is the struggle of Ukraine against the russian federation. Our small country, compared to russia, courageously entered into an unequal battle with the enemy and, despite all the difficulties, is fighting for the Victory[…]
FCK PTN! STAMP A COMMEMORATION OF ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WAR’S START
Banksy, of course, is known all across the world for his activism and the art he creates to prompt awareness and dialogue. He anonymously visited Ukraine last Fall and created a series of graffiti pieces on destroyed buildings in Kyiv and its surrounding suburbs, all dedicated to the war. And that’s where the FCK PTN! image is sourced from. Let’s all hope that we can somehow buy this stamp here in the West! As I’m married to a Ukrainian, I’ll need to figure how to get one….