Brownells Unveils Its New Modern ARt Line With ‘The Joke-AR’ Sculpture and T-Shirt

Brownells joke ar banana art basel

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Was our $75,000 ‘Libertarian’ sculpture a little too pricey for you? Not to worry. Brownells has you covered this Christmas with their new Modern ARt line, similarly inspired by the best of Art Basel. The sculpture is a very reasonable $1200…or you could pickup a t-shirt for $19.99 and all proceeds go to charity.

GRINNELL, Iowa (December 13, 2019) – Triggered by emerging trends in the art world, Brownells unveiled its own limited-edition Modern ARt line – offering both a sculpture and t-shirts inspired by the sculpture.

The sculpture, titled “The Joke-AR,” is a Brownells AR-15 magazine, hand painted banana yellow, affixed to a white background with a strip of silvery tape.

Limited to only 10 signed and numbered copies, each version of “The Joke-AR” will retail for $1,200 with all proceeds going to support Special Operations Wounded Warriors – a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to helping Purple Heart recipients of the US Special Operations community.

Brownells Modern ARt

Modern ARt t-shirt, courtesy Brownells

Based on the sculpture, the Brownells ARt shirt bears a stylized image of the yellow magazine taped to a wall on the front, and a fruit-inspired Brownells logo on the back.

Printed on white t-shirts made from a blend of 50/25/25 poly/combed ring spun cotton and rayon for comfort and style, the ARt Shirts are available in sizes Small through XXXL, and retail for $19.99.

Both the sculpture “The Joke-AR” and the Brownells ARt Shirts are limited in production and will be available for only  a short time.

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About SOWW

SOWW (Special Operations Wounded Warriors), a 501(c)(3) Charity, was formed in August of 2012 for the distinct purpose of providing outdoor experiences to a select group of both active duty and veteran U.S. Military Special Operations Forces, that have received wounds in battle, and have received our country’s prestigious Purple Heart Medal. To donate or for more information, visit

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  1. avatar enuf says:

    Miami couple who bought $120G banana duct-taped to wall says it’ll be ‘iconic historical object’

    Man walks up to the banana taped to the wall, removes it, eats it, art world is horrified:

    Actress Brooke Shields makes her own statement on the taping of bananas for the sake of art:

    1. avatar WARFAB says:

      Many scrawls “Epstein didn’t kill himself” in lipstick on the wall under the banana.

    2. avatar arc says:

      Sounds like they were right, its become iconic because of its ridiculous nature and now its on its way into internet meme infamy.

  2. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

    So, what happened to the post yesterday about a Christmas gift guide?

    The one that claimed Brownell’s had Polymer80 frames for sale under 100 USD, but don’t exist on their website?

  3. avatar Dan W says:

    Modern “art” is a money laundering / tax evasion scheme.

    1. avatar enuf says:

      Many years ago while visiting close family friends who had been recruited to high paying work in Silicon Valley, we toured a big museum of modern art. In SF if I recall correctly. One of the works was a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of marine grade plywood spray paint pink and purple, clear coated and leaning against a pillar. In a stand beside it was a small sign “Untitled # 3, by Anonymous, $30,000”.

      So this sort of silliness is not new, and has suffered from inflation. Clearly a good deal more money, time and effort went into that sheet of plywood and spray paint than did this banana and duct tape.

      Which tells me this wackiness has lost ground in brain power and artistic creativity. Not that the bar was set high to begin with, it was not.

      On the other hand, I have long liked actress Brooke Shields. She has always shown an excellent attitude, humility and sense of absurdity around her own fame and celebrity/sex symbol status. So her striking a “Vogue”-like pose with a banana taped to her forehead is just a funny little stab on the current internet meme absurdity of all this banana taped to a wall for a shit ton of cash nonsense.

      Also appreciate Brownell’s poking fun at it in a gun sort of way, though I’ll not be buying into it myself.

      1. avatar John Crapper says:

        There is art and then there is bull shit. And sometimes there is bull shit art.
        What grand arrogance to be able to say that you paid $30,000 for a piece of painted plywood. And oh how pitiful are we as to only afford the painted masonite.
        My sculpture of “Un-Flusshed Toilet” should bring in millions when I’m finnished.

    2. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Not all artists are playing jokes on the public. Some are just genuinely mad (ie: bonkers).

      1. avatar B says:

        You mean they’ve gone bananas.

  4. avatar -Peter says:

    Since this is art, can I still own it if my state has banned high capacity banana clipazines?

    1. avatar Dan W says:

      Banana mags are 1st amendment issues now too!

  5. avatar Brodirt says:

    Is that clip art?

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Like +1

  6. avatar neiowa says:

    If Brownells REALLY had a pair they would go across town (Grinnell, Ia) to Grinnell College and hand out the tee shirt along with a discount NRA membership and an AR15 Appleseed weekend.

    (Grinnell College is the MOST Libtard “Progressive” institution of indoctrination in the US).

  7. avatar Perry says:

    I may duct tape a 5.56 LC case to the local outdoor range’s 100-yd shelter. With their permission, of course.

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