From game night to your walls, the classic board game-turned cultural icon reaches far beyond the four sides of the game board.
But let's go back. Back before Mr. Monopoly himself was even born. The year was 1904 and an inventor named Lizzie Magie had just created "The Landlord's Game" as a hands-on way to teach people about the risks and rewards associated with realty and taxation.
Patent fresh in hand, Magie published her game. The square game board was lined with properties and railroads you could buy and collect rent on, and even had spaces for luxury taxes, utilities, and jail. Sound familiar?
Skip ahead to the year 1935. After a period of copy-cat games, illegitimate homemade versions, and frauds taking credit (and money) for her idea, Magie sold her patent and Monopoly, as we now know it, was born.
Illustrated characters of Rich Uncle Pennybags (a.k.a. "The Monopoly Man"), Jake, the Jailbird (seen through bars on the "Jail" corner space), and Officer Mallory (on the "Go to Jail" square) were created and became icons of the game. (Bet you didn't know they had names.)
From post-war times to today, Monopoly has retained its massive popularity, becoming a staple in millions of households. Not just due to its addictively entertaining gameplay, but because at its core it is a story of the American Dream: Start with nothing, build your empire.
The lessons learned from Monopoly go beyond figuring out which family member not to trust as Banker. The classic game taught us the unforgiving nature of taxes and rent, and that you have to build something of your own if you want to make the big bucks.
The officially licensed IKONICK x Monopoly Collection is our way of rewriting the nostalgic stories we played growing up. The canvas pieces feature unmistakable art from the classic board game, combined with pearls of wisdom to inspire and motivate a new generation of entrepreneurs and dreamers that want to build their empire through hard work, patience, risk-taking, leadership, optimism, focus, and gratitude.