ATTENTION! You have one week to get a “Banksy”
at the artist’s new online shop called Gross Domestic Product. A Banksy what you may ask? Well, a bulletproof vest, disco ball/police helmet or shredded t-shirt are just a few of the things. …but it’s not all about the money. The site states that things won’t be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Rather, you can put in an order to buy these items until October 28. Assuming demand outpaces supply, the people who best answer the question “Why does art matter?” will receive the item. “Please make your answer as amusing, informative or enlightening as possible,” the fine print reads.
The launch comes on the heals of the opening of Banksy’s Croydon store launch. The physical and online stores were established by the elusive British artist to secure the trademark for “Banksy” as a greeting card company had previously attempted to claim for itself his moniker as a way of selling branded merchandise.
Like the name GDP, this store also takes the piss out of consumerism in a very clever way by offering things like this handbag. With the following description:
This fashion-forward accessory is made from a genuine real life house brick and is perfect for the kind of person who doesn’t carry much but might need to whack someone in the face. Probably no less practical than the output of most haute couture fashion houses. Made from random bits of old handbag so yours may differ from the one pictured.
and The Tombstone: What do you buy for the person who has everything? A 230kg reminder that you can’t take it with you. Hand carved by Banksy in a slab of Portland stone.