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Castration Clothing Rips Off Refacing Government Tender Project?

For about the past year an a half I’ve been drawing faces on dollar bills as part of my Refacing Government Tender Project. One of my first bills, Emo Lincoln, was a huge hit, with over a quarter million views on flickr and was featured on MAKE, bOING bOING, buzzfeed, and hundreds of other sites right down to the front page of AOL (Don’t belive me? Google “Emo Lincoln” or “Refacing Government Tender”). This soon lead to an Emo Lincoln shirt, as well as hoodies, pins, etc. Recently, a fan on flickr sent me a link to Castration Clothing’s site which had an erily similar Emo Lincoln-esque shirt. Now I know Emo and Lincoln are both iconic, and it is possible that this is a fluke. People have similar ideas all the time. Stranger things have happened. But with my stuff being featured on so many websites, and the shirts looking so damn similar, I think I have a case here.

My bill:

from flickr

from flickr

My shirt:

from my store

from my store

and the Accused:

from Castration Clothing

from Castration Clothing

Note that they could have done anything, Emo Washington, Punk Rock Lincoln, different hair, not a dollar bill motif, I don’t hold the copyrights to drawing on Lincoln, but jeez.

So what say you YTWWN? Is this bullshit?