This post is to be taken with salt*
I'm sorry if you feel that this post is too long and/or annoying
, i know I got sick of it ten seconds after starting it's composition.
I'm a Banksy fan (though I truly never met a single person who does not like his work). I enjoy his work both aesthetically and ideologically (really the only artist that makes art with an societal ideology that I believe and respect) . He is also the only artist who makes me actually laugh with any sort of consistency just using often simple imagery.
I know it been brought up by soupy and iwish that maybe the mats were really the only item for sale irl, the rest meant to be a gag or the like (?). I don't think this to be the case, if it is its very honorable on Banksy's part/ lame for those who want Banksy swag (prob everyone tbh). All this GDP stuff centers around a narrative involving intellectual property rights and Banksy gear and a small unknown greeting card company called "Full Color Black" selling cards (akin to those that the British Museum was selling recently with "masked Gorilla" and "Well Hung Man") all set up to link the sale to the GDP mats, massive profit for the cause, Banksy keeps his(/her) artist integrity, we all look like dunce for writing our appeals but are bettered from the experience because it's funny and makes his most entitled fans prob question their own (rather strong) senses of materialism/ entitlement etc (aside from those who purchased the mat of course).
*^I don't think this to be the case, though it is practical conspiracy in regards to Banksy's motives/method.
Part of the conspiracy loving child/idiot in me imagines that Banksy and company set up the card company/ legal battle in order to easier establish a method to sell his merch while still being #sostreet as this whole event is unfolding to protect his intellectual property rights and therefore will not appear to be cashing in and betraying himself and those fans/collectors who value his message and integrity.
*Creation of this post was spurred by the fact that Full Color Black site has been under construction as of the past day and you cant bypass without clicking "i understand" :
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Not enough evidence at all to make any claims, I just really enjoy thinking/talking about this. It is exciting, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out. Good Luck everyone! Hope to see some EBer's selected, sincerely.
HOT TAKE: "Full color Black" is Banksy ('s people) set up in order to justify the sale of items which would otherwise be judged by core fans of the worlds most popular artist to be selling tat just for the money a la MBW/ obey (to an extent).