Walmart is selling ripped-off prints of Banksy’s ‘Destroy Capitalism’
The irony! There’s just so much of it! On so many levels!
I suggest we all take a moment and think about the person who would purchase such a thing from Walmart, other than perhaps Sybil. What they do with their day? What led them to make the choice to shop at Walmart, the very symbol of capitalism gone wrong, and also to buy this particular Banksy print? We may never know.
Because Banksy doesn’t copyright his work, the company is basically free to use it without permission.
In addition to this, some of the prints labeled as Banksy prints on the site are actually the work of other artists. Graffiti artist Eddie Colla’s print, with the very ironic words “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission,” is on the site and labeled as a Banksy piece, as is Thierry Guetta’s 2008 “Life is Beautiful” piece. Colla intends to pursue legal action.