my territory

I can’t decide if this is annoying, funny or just tragic…

A few years ago I made a music video for a song called ‘My Territory’. A couple of years later Transcontinental Media made a video to promote themselves at Toronto’s 2010 Fashion Week. Here are some clips of both so you can compare them.

I’m assuming since they used the same song that this wasn’t expected to reach a wide audience, so they probably felt safe to borrow from the original without fear of anyone involved stumbling upon it. I say ‘probably’, the fact is I was emailed about this from someone who worked on Transcontinental Media’s promo and apparently they played my video throughout their filming.

This manages to reach so many levels of crapness that it astounds me – the fact that they hired creatives to copy an existing video, that there are creatives out there who have to earn a living copying other creatives, the brave and yet ultimately terrible attempts of said creatives to give their own spin on the visuals – its kind of weirdly amusing and pitiful at the same time.

Here’s a link to my original video

And the full version of their’s

We got turned into scouts

So, it turns out that doing a bit of ego searching can actually bring up a few surprises.

A simple search for ‘Anneka Tran’ on Flickr comes up with some of my work and then a very obvious rip of one my older illustrations, by someone named Andrés Corcoll.

The thing that gets me the most is how he mentions me as part of his ‘design reference’  but I’m pretty sure that referencing something does not involve copying parts of an image and changing some colours.


Here is the original drawing which is meant to a fun portrait of me & other half


and here is the rip, possibly being used for a Scout movement in Uruguay:


and I even did a quick overlay, just to see how close it is

Zippo’s Street Chrome™

Well, I came across with something interesting a few months ago… And since I found this blog, I though it would be interesting to share…

So, while I was browsing Zippo’s Gallery I found this costumized Zippo with a Guitar under new collection: Zippo’s Street Chrome™

For my surprise, this image is well known on DeviantArt. It’s a tattoo design, designed by a deviant named Nuno Dias (you can see his image here: Guitars Tattoo ), submitted on February 9, 2007, and on March 3, 2007, he won a Daily Deviation with his three designs, and not only one that is on Zippo’s lighter.

A lot of coincidence, no? On the Zippo’s lighter, they only put a awful gradient and skewed a little to fit on the lighter. And isn’t only on the lighter… If you put on google images, and write ‘Guitar Tattoo Nuno Dias’, a lot of people already inked on their skin. Take a look! ;)

The famous stealing work from the unknown

In the Australian dance world, David Atkins is one of the biggest names there is. He was the artistic director of the Sydney 2000 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and he was awarded an OAM and won an Olympic Gold Pin for his efforts. However it was his earlier work in musicals that originally had me captivated and then heartbroken when I found out that much of his choreography was stolen from some of the greatest tap dancers of all time. It is not unusual for tap dancers to celebrate the work of the greats but after seeing the show live twice and then watching it countless times on video I was still of the opinion that Atkins had choreographed this sequence. This is not an isolated incident for Atkins and I am in the process of compiling other instances for future posts.

David Atkins in Hot Shoe Shuffle (1995)

The Miller Trio in Hi De Ho (1937)

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