Black Milk Clothing Rip-Off Dali, Escher, Klimt, LucasArts and More…

Black Milk Clothing out of Australia have been making leggings and swimsuits with images on them. Many of the images seem to be appropriated from VERY well known artists – who I gather would be IMPOSSIBLE to buy rights from for such applications. There are more examples on their site than just the below but i thought it was a good starting point to see how a business has become successful (they have more than 15,000 facebook fans and seem to sell A LOT of product) off the back of other people’s art.

These Star Wars referenced characters which made HUGE rounds in tech circles this year seem to have been taken off their store (no doubt due to the IP power & threats from LucasArts), but many many comments on their facebook page from the staff and fans say that you can still order it by ordering a different item and putting in the comments that you’d like the R2D2 design instead.

The Dali image – and correct me if i’m wrong – would never be sold by anyone authorized to sell it – especially to sell on a commercial product without licensing – which i’d gather from the varied selection of famous artists they have works from – Black Milk don’t buy. Product Page

MC Escher as well – same comments as on Dali.

And then Klimt.

Finally: Theophile Steinlen – Product Page

There are actually a bunch more – look for the Jaws Ripoff, Venus, Uncle Sam and more. I don’t know how long they’ll continue to get away with producing such works or if any repercussions will come of it, but it really isn’t right. Thoughts?

Shaun White/Target Rips off Sam Clark’s Tattoos

We all know that major retailers like Target are known for ripping off artists, designers, etc. Here is another case. Sam Clark is a talented tattoo artist in Las Vegas. His colorful skulls are pretty famous in the tattoo industry. And while Target’s artwork is not literally traced or an exact copy, I think it looks a bit too similar.

I know many of you will say “you can’t copyright colored in skulls.” The reason is here is to point out potential rips right? You be the judge.

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