The other day I was hanging out at Austin’s uber-indie book store Book People and stumbled across a row of Banksy greeting cards.
My initial thought was, “Oh my God…guerrilla artist, now Hallmark?” but then I thought, “Eh, people need to make a living.”
Selling a line of greeting cards of your famous work does seem kind of counter-intuitive to the guerrilla art culture, but who am I to judge? If you Google “Banksy greeting cards“, a link to Banksy’s shop comes up but the link is dead. The search blurb says, “Banksy neither produces or profits from the sale of greeting cards, mugs or photo canvases of his work. He is not represented by any of the commercial galleries…”
I don’t know. What do you guys think? Kind of difficult to trust a guy who made Exit Through the Gift Shop.
What do you guys think of Banksy? Sell-out, artist, or marketing genius?