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Everything Banksy does is surrounded in air of mystery and controversy, but none of his works hold a candle to the situation that caused him to open a store in the Croydon area of London. A year ago, an unnamed greeting card company started litigation to take over the trademark to Banksy’s name because, as his lawyer stated, “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.” So what’s the most famous contemporary artist to do? Open a shop and showroom called Gross Domestic Product that will sell everything from a signed spray paint can and a welcome mat from salvaged life vests, to a house brick handbag. In traditional Banksy fashion, there are some twists. The doors to the shop will never open, but the lights will remain on 24/7. All items on display will be sold online with “the proceeds from these products will go towards buying a new migrant rescue boat… So you may well be committing a criminal offense by purchasing them.” When the products do go live on the Gross Domestic Product site, expect everything to sell out instantly.


We pride ourselves on being able to tackle problems and jigsaw puzzles like everyone else–from the edge pieces in. That’s a little more difficult when it comes to thousand piece adventures like the Moon puzzle you see here. In is out, out is in, and there’s an entire quadrant of almost fully gray pieces that depict the lunar surface, but all of that just adds to the productive difficulty you’ll experience when you’re assembling this jigsaw version of modern history. As they tell it, “July 16, 2019 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch – the historic mission to the Moon where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of humankind to set foot on the Moon. Our Moon puzzle celebrates this momentous achievement and will challenge and delight puzzle solvers everywhere.”