Pineapple Express t-shirt design rip off?

Surprised this wasn’t already posted on this site figured I would at least help get the word out. Read up on the full story via Taddict.com
Original WOWCH Design

Original Design from WOWCH

Potiental Rip from Pineapple Express

Potential Rip from Pineapple Express

22 comments

  • That’s not a controversy.

  • I think he meant to say ‘conspiracy’.

  • So…someone designs a T-shirt…and suddenly someone else is seen wearing it in a movie…how is this controversial? The wardrobe people probably just bought it and thought it would fit the character. What do you expect, companies would sue any actor wearing their clothes on TV or in movies? That makes no sense.

  • The controversy is that its not the exact same shirt. Same concept except cats are differnt color and the shark is turned the other way. Not an exact rip but definitlly a concept rip.

  • Big deal, if the shirt exposed kids to crack or was caught defacing the Vatican,then it would be a controversy. This is another case of someone along the line gt lazy (probably) and life went on (hopefully).

  • Ummm Manen… The two t-shirts are different, he’s not just wearing the original WOWCH t-shirt… ?! The point is that the WOWCH one came first, now there’s a very similar one featured in the movie that somebody in the crew (the director I think) has claimed to have designed for the character in the movie. What we’re trying to figure out is if the one in the movie is a rip.

  • The shirt and cat color, as well as their direction can just be a different model from the same company. How often do you see the same shirt in 15 different formats? If the director claimed it was custom made, though, that’s a different story and should be mentioned in the actual post (Not everyone has access to linked sites from work). I certainly wouldn’t call it a controversy or a rip. What’s to say WOWCH didn’t rip the movie instead? There is absolutely no information here.

  • Is Pineapple Express a store selling the shirt? No, so this doesn’t belong here.

  • Oh, sorry, didn’t realize this site is here purely to target stores selling rip off shit! That completely contradicts 99% of the posts I’ve ever read on this site! Funny that, but you’d know!

  • i don’t understand how this ISN’T a rip. The director literally tried to pawn the tshirt off as his own idea…therefore ripping SOMEONE off. Just because there was no financial gain doesn’t mean it’s not a rip.

  • Ripoff Artist

    So you stole two images, sloppily thwapped them together in photoshop, (and sold it to Urban Outfitters of all retailers) and you’re complaining because someone else stole two images, sloppily thwapped them together in photoshop and slipped it onto a b-grade actor in a b-grade film.

    I’m not going to say it isn’t a rip or that it isn’t a pretty decadent act. But this is pretty weak.

  • I totally agree with Matthew. It is an exact copy, so it’s a rip…..no matter what your opinion of the image is.

  • It’s a prop in a movie, probably created by some lowly costumer specifically for the character. Do you have any proof of claiming credit, or trying to profit from the *design*? Of course not. If anything you should be glad it’s there, it might get people to buy your “original” image hack.

  • Lol does it really matter if it is exact or not?
    Cool shirt, cool that you noticed, everything cool ;)

    Greetings
    Chrizz

  • Based on my experience handing over art to movies/tv shows, this is what probably happened:
    Producer/director/art director tells assistant “go find a funny stoner shirt to put on the main character.”
    Assistant finds it, but boss, not giving a shit where it came from or who did it because he’s got bigger issuees to deal with, says “it’s close but I need it to look ‘aged’ or dirty, and can you flip it the other direction, thanks sport. Get me some coffee while you’re out too”
    Assistant does what he is told.
    No conspiracy, no controvery, no Universal selling shirts.

    If this person was smart he would look at the history of product placement in movies.

    Example A:After Travolta wore that ‘UCSC Bannana Slugs’ T shirt in Pulp Fiction, the UCSC store sold out within days and had back orders going on forever.

    Example B:After Office Space came out, Swingline got inundated with requests for red Swingline staplers, a colorway ironically enough, they never actually produced. Smartly, they quickly produced them and, voila, they’ve been selling them by the caseload ever since.

    See a pattern developing here? If you have any fiscal smarts, I would get that T Shirt large on your homepage pronto, with big 72 point type that says ‘As seen in Pineapple Express!’

  • A lot of idiots that dont read on this site. No one here claimed that they designed the original shirt. The only thing said was thet there happens to be 2 differnt versions of the same shirt. Someone ripped someone off. Something doesnt have to be sold to be a rip, the ripper doesnt have to make money to be a rip. The original doesnt have to be great to be a rip. A rip is a rip whichever way you want to look at it.

  • i prefer the pineapple express version.

  • Second that.

  • Fook, this is really scraping the barrel now guys. YTWWN has gone downhill lately.

  • Mordecai Chalk

    True story, I had a skateboard with a very similar picture on when I was about 6. 25 years ago. The only difference is the kitten was in a tub/boat.

  • joe get over it

    who the fuck cares this movie beats off in your soup motha fuckers

  • Both rip photographer Carl Roessler’s copyrighted image of the shark:

    http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2008/butzen_erik/

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