Always a lot of mystery behind who is Banksy?
If you have not heard of Banksy, here is a bit of a catch up…. Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director, active since the 1990s. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique.
Gross Domestic Product – a relatively clever riff on art merch and Brexit’s impact on the UK economy – caused a stir with its famous stab-proof vest (as worn by Stormzy at Glastonbury), Tony The Tiger rug and Massive Attack-esque cushions plopped in an unassuming store front in South London.
Now these items are online and ready to be purchased by fans and thirsty collectors.
The headline-grabbing items are indeed listed, with the vest retailing for £850 and a disco ball made out of a police riot helmet going for £500. Not bad considering the recent action at Southeby’s.
But it appears Banksy and his crew have come up with a mechanism to thwart the dodgy resellers out there: potential buyers must enter a verification process, which includes answering the question, does art matter?
Elsewhere, the more modest Banksy stan can pick up a modified spray can for a tenner and T-shirts for £35.
There’s also cushions, pop art sculptures, mugs, bootleg paintings and defaced TVs, with standard merch made in unlimited quantities and more special items, like a clutch bag made out of a brick, in an edition of one.
A welcome mat with lettering stitched from fake lifejackets sold to refugees and found washed up on beaches in the Med is retailing for £500, with proceeds going to Love Welcomes, a charity working with women in detainment camps in Greece.
The Gross Domestic Product site also contains a link to Bbay, a platform for buying and selling second-hand Banksy art, which will launch soon.