80sTees.com vs Nostromo Design – UPDATE

UPDATE: Apparently there was more to the Nostromo/80sTees thing than I knew about. I thought I was helping out a wronged friend, and apparently used the power of the internets against the wrong guys. Please equally support both Nostromo and 80sTees.com. Thanks for everyone’s attention and apologies for any misunderstanding.
My friend Danny has been designing and hand-making horror and sci-fi based t-shirts for his company, Nostromo Design for a few years now. I’m not the world’s biggest horror fan, but I appreciate good designs and original artwork, which Nostromo has in spades. One of my favorites is a Jaws-inspired design called The Bruce:

The Bruce
I was Googling “Jaws” and came across this:
80sTees Ripoff

UPDATE: Apparently there was more to the Nostromo/80sTees thing than I knew about. I thought I was helping out a wronged friend, and apparently used the power of the internets against the wrong guys. Please equally support both Nostromo and 80sTees.com. Thanks for everyone’s attention and apologies for any misunderstanding.

8 comments

  • i sent my love:

    don’t you think you’re clever stealing designs from obscure artists for your capitalistic gain. you slimy thieves will never amount to more than a crummy mall clothing store or a my space aficionado home page. eat crap scum bags!

  • i too sent words of love and devotion:

    what a bunch of dipshit biters (pardon the pun)

    not only that – the name of your company is 80sTees and as far as I’m aware “Jaws” was released in 1975

  • Terry Citizen

    That fuckin’ sucks. What a bunch of jerk hacks.

    Tell your friend that I checked out his site and totally dig his designs. I will definately be buying some in the future. I’d kill for that Bub tshirt (“Reward”).

  • We had our t-shirts with our custom design and colors printed up at http://www.thespiritzone.com. You can have your artwork done for Free! Pretty good deal!

  • I find it a more than a little ironic that the “ripped off” design for the Jaws shirt used elements that had already been appropriated from a movie.

    The design from 80′s Tees is exactly the same as the Nostromo shirt design, and is without a doubt a direct copy.
    But in looking at the Nostromo Design Website it is obvious that a lot of the shirt designs are simply vectorised movie stills or contain characters/concepts from popular movies.

    Do Nostromo have the legal rights to these licensed characters/images?

  • And this is why it pays to hear both sides of the story before flinging accusations. I’m sure the 80′s store really appreciated all the “fan mail” they received due to your uniformed “alert”. Perhaps you should be more careful in your accusations so you don’t get sued by someone whose business you may have damaged.

  • This whole thing is pathetic. How can someone claim rights to something they ripped off in the first place? Make original designs that people will buy in their own right rather than lazy cash-ins on other people’s IP.

    Computers, the internet, free access to media… so tempting to be lazy like this.

  • So what exectly happened to nostromo? cause i still really really want a “My Pet Zombies” shirt…

    “Computers, the internet, free access to media… so tempting to be lazy like this.”

    Here’s my take on this…
    now i’m a struggling 8-bit artist as well as a bookseller at a local book store, i know about plagerism and i also know how not to spell it… but anyway. Corporations will do anything to make an extra penny in their pockets, i don’t make damn near enough money at what i do for what i do and because of it i’ve decided to start printing some of my designs using cafepress. honestly i would get a printing machine and buy some space on the interwebs, but i don’t have the funds for it. i’ll be honest that some of my designs come from video games that i’ve taken little tid bits out of, my “Rose in the Devils Garden” pays homage to the greatest video game of all time Castlevania: SoTN and my “Dungeoned to Death” gives credit to the great and respected Super Mario. Now i don’t steal peoples designs… i give credit when needed, i respect art, and i look to everything for inspiration.

    as an individual i’ll be inspired, but the Corps. are just a bunch of fuck-heads who will conspire against the cutest of old men with puppies wearing capes (yeah, it’s cute isn’t it…).

    if anyone has any info on Nostromo for me, please please let me know.. my e-mail is

    [email protected]

    thanks

    -mike

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