In this piece of art, there is a little boy standing up like a soldier with a submachine gun. He is surrounded by colorful flowers and butterflies. However, what shocks us the most is the color of the bullets. They are not the traditional metal ones that we are used to.
There is a moving story behind this work. The boy is presumed to be a Vietnamese soldier who is renouncing to his childhood in order to fight for his life during the Vietnam war.
Banksy wanted to create a contrast between what the boy is doing and what he should be doing. A contrast between innocence and violence. That is why he is surrounded by colorful things that he should have drawn instead of holding a gun. Banksy denounces the participation of children in this kind of conflict and he transmits this feeling through rainbow bullets.
Can you find a relationship between Banksy feelings and what is happening right now? We have come to the conclusion that Banksy relates what is happening in our society to his graffiti and the result is social criticism. As an example, we have this painting in which with a kid he represents the international war between the two powerful countries as USA and what was called URSS.