Susan Vs Banksy

Clothing store Susan (as in “this goes with that”) has wheeled the old “as long as we change 30%” chestnut.

Their new range of sleepwear was spotted in their stores by a “concerned citizen”…armed with a camera phone and a change room, she has provided evidence…also has reportedly secured examples via a promo voucher.  It is also she that had direct contact with susan and was given the said “as long as we change 30%” line.  So they are not denying the rip

The ripped designs prominently feature the rats, in a non to sublte rip, obviously using Banksy’s as a source image and fiddling with it a bit.

The items do not appear on their online catalog for some reason???  susan vs banksy

rat bottoms

I am sure you have seen them enough to recognise them.

Posted by sparcs  |  7 Comments  |  in Design, Fashions, Fine Art, Graffiti, Retail


  1. MadMolecule 02/01/2010 11:02 pm

    You probably know this, but there is no “30% rule,” or any other hard-and-fast rule on what constitutes copyright infringement and what doesn’t.

  2. Lightning Heart 02/02/2010 5:05 am

    i hope there’s no such thing as a “30% rule” as i’m currently dealing with a major chain selling a shirt with my image on it and although they’ve changed it slightly, you can’t deny it’s my image. i’m so sick of clothing chains blatantly ripping off artists!

  3. sparcs 02/02/2010 10:32 am

    indeed the 30% seems to be Legal myth…used I am sure in an attempt to bluff out of contest.

  4. Tom 02/02/2010 3:19 pm

    They are not on their website because it would be too easy for Banksy’s people to find them.

  5. SPARCS 02/03/2010 3:45 am

    That is what I assumed too, which would imply they know what they are doing is wrong or will at least cause trouble for them

  6. The $tatus Faction 02/03/2010 6:47 pm

    Who would wear that poor-man’s bootleg street art shirt?? LOL!

  7. graeme 03/02/2010 7:41 pm

    who would where that street art

    banksy hasn’t done anything interesting since 2001,

    aside from my personal feelings on the matter, while a rip its hardly news, head down Camden market and see 100 of copys to sell cheep t-shirts,

    and considering all the rat he used to do where illegal he hasn’t really got a leg to stand on

    ”you ripped off my rat i painted on a bridge”
    ”are you admitting you defaced public property?”
    ”yes! no! shit!”

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