Banksy opened a pop-up shop in south London, in a disused store in Croydon. Items sold in the store include the Union Jack badge jacket worn by rapper Stormzy during his main performance this year at Glastonbury. There is also a tiger rug, where Banksy has re-imagined the character of the Frosties Tony la Tigre cereal. Also on display are life jackets collected from the Mediterranean coasts, re-proposed in welcome rugs, hand-sewn by women in detention camps in Greece.
“This showroom is for display purposes only. I’m opening a shop today (although the doors don’t actually open). It’s in Croydon. Probably best viewed at night” the artist said on Instagram.
It is a showcase in a former carpet shop that will sell a range of “impractical and offensive ” articles by Banksy. Items for sale only cost £ 10.
Banksy has revealed the motivation behind this initiative, calling it “possibly the least poetic reason to ever make some art”. “A greetings cards company is contesting the trademark I hold to my art, and attempting to take custody of my name so they can sell their fake Banksy merchandise legally” he said. According to ITV, Banksy decided to open the pop-up after receiving the legal advice of lawyer Mark Stephens. “Banksy is in a difficult position because he doesn’t produce his own range of shoddy merchandise and the law is quite clear – if the trademark holder is not using the mark, then it can be transferred to someone who will” said Stephens. Banksy said “I think they’re banking on the idea I won’t show up in court to defend myself.”
Where to find the store: Surrey Street, Croydon, CR0 1RG, London
When to visit: “open” day and night! Remember: you can’t enter, the doors are closed. Bansky himself suggested visiting the shop in the evening.