06 September 2016

Who Says that Irony is Dead?

Banksy, the favorite socially-conscious graffiti artist of 15-year old redditors everywhere, does not hold a copyright to his work. That’s the unfortunate reality of working anonymously on street corners. His style is one of the most recognizable in the world, but anyone can reproduce his murals on shirts, mugs, hoodies, prints, and everything else offered at all your favorite CafePress stores. I guess you could consider that a micro-commentary on consumerist culture—if you were being particularly annoying.


So, Walmart is selling Banksy prints. Not one of those nice, pretty, abstract Banksy prints, either. We’re talking a straight-up DESTROY CAPITALISM joint. Also, in Banky’s usual, irritatingly straightforward symbolism, it’s clear that this piece parodies the marketability of chic socialist values.
That sound you hear is Karl Marx spinning in his grave with sufficient speed to exhibit relativistic effects.


Stephen Montsaroff said...

Lenin. Capalist. Rope.

Stephen Montsaroff said...

Yes, yes, capalist, is a typo for capitolist.

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