An image from Amazon UK describing the item (my emphases): (23×60 cm) Banksy Vinyl Wall Decal Escapism Stunning Girl with Balloons / Street Graffiti Art Decor Sticker / Home DIY Mural! + Free Random Decal Gift
The ‘Banksy’ marchendise on the right is one of countless products in the Banksy range (hereinafter: ‘Banksies’), which are readily available to purchase ‘everywhere.’ The silhouette image of a girl drawn into the air by balloons, and dozens of other Banksy’s stencils graffiti images are offered for sale online (e.g. Amazon), in gift shops, pound shops and tourist markets. The scope of the range is really astounding. They are not only printed on posters, framed prints, and canvas, but also on mugs, T-shirts, fabric bags, scarves, greeting cards, placements and coasters, pins and badges, card holders, mobile phone cases, wallets, fridge magnets, cigarette lighters, lampshades, bumper stickers, stickers for computers, stickers for switch plugs, other stickers, playing cards, mouse pads (yes, they’re still making those, apparently), cufflinks, ready-made cupcake tops, flesh plugs (body piercing), babygrow bodysuits, pet clothing, military-style aluminium bead ‘dog-tags’ chains, and so on.
Other than noting how street art is being appropriated into profitable commodity, (and even more so, by others), and how clothing your cat and phone, and other (probably-made-in-China) short-living junk consumerist items stand in obvious opposition to the Banksy art — I want to discuss the mutidirectionality of meaning in the purchasing and performative use of radical symbols. Continue reading