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Banksy Opens Online Store But You Have To Answer One Question To Buy The Merch
By Thanussha Priyah, 17 Oct 2019
Image via Gross Domestic Product
After ceasing “operations” at his brick-and-mortar Gross Domestic Product popup, Banksy has opened shop online using the same store name. This time, the products aren’t just “for display purposes only”—you can actually purchase them.
Make no mistake, though. There isn’t a piece like the
Devolved Parliament painting worth US$12.2 million in the online catalog. In fact, the items listed on the site are much more wallet-friendly.
Banksy announced the launch on Instagram with the caption, “I’m opening a shop,” and marketed it in true Banksy nature: “It sells art, homewares and disappointment.”
This satirical tone, unique to the street artist, is seen in the store’s name and tagline, “Solutions For Wealth.”
The catalog includes a mid-shredded tee with the artist’s Love Is In The Bin piece—formerly named Girl with Balloon—a tongue-in-cheek nod at the notorious shredding stunt from 2018. The t-shirt is priced at an affordable £30 (US$38.50).
Other notable products include a brick purse for £750 (US$960) and a replica of the stab-proof vest the artist designed for Stormzy. This will make a little dent in your bank account, as it’s priced at £850 (US$1,100).
Since these official Banksy products are expected to be coveted by many, the artist is making shoppers answer one simple question via a cyber-security portal first.
Potential shoppers have to answer the question, “Why does art matter?” in 50 words or less before 28 October 2019.
Customers entitled to a Banksy piece will be picked at random, but the website disclaims that their answers might be considered “in the event of demand outstripping supply.”
These products come in incredibly finite quantities. Therefore, shoppers are only allowed to make one purchase each.
If you’re wondering why Banksy would come up with an online store since he is racking up millions at auctions, he supposedly had to.
The graffiti artist was recently entangled in a trademark dispute with a greetings card company, and in order for Banksy to trademark his name, he had to sell products that featured his name, art and logo.
This pushed him to come up with a physical storefront and later, the online store. Though it was birthed out of an unfortunate circumstance, fans can finally revel in affordable Banky-branded products. Have a glimpse of the collection and find out more here.
Banksy™ Clutch Bag
Banksy™ Shredded Tee
Banksy™ Tagged Tee
[via artnet News, images via Gross Domestic Product]
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