article-1211150-06490fa2000005dc-406_468x320 CARTRAIN, a 17-year-old graffiti artist from the UK has been arrested for stealing what turned out to be a rare box of pencils from Damien Hirst’s “Pharmacy” installation at the Tate Britain in July. But it was done in the name of art…and revenge! Still unhappy about Hirst suing him and seizing his diamond-covered skull collages, CARTRAIN decided to post faux-wanted posters and a ransom note:

“For the safe return of Damien Hirst’s pencils I would like my artworks back that DACS and Hirst took off me in November. It’s not a large demand… Hirst has until the end of this month to resolve this or on 31 July the pencils will be sharpened. He has been warned.”

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But no ransom was paid. And CARTRAIN was arrested with his father for stealing the “rare” pencils supposedly worth more than $800k. Out on bail for his publicity stunt, the young attention whore is banned from any Damien Hirst exhibition and waiting to see whether he’ll be convicted for one of Britain’s most expensive modern art thefts. |Independent|