Rip-off of my “Pugs Not Drugs” design

I made this image about a year ago now and have sold it as a print, a card and on T-shirts and tote bags, through my Etsy shop and various retailers around the world.

The original image: (from my website)

On a tote bag:

It has been very popular, so I kind of knew this would happen sooner or later….
Still sucks though. This bag was spotted at an as-yet-unidentified Mexican *** retailer which also apparently sells cheap knock-offs of designer handbags.

pugs not drugs in mexico
It’s an obvious trace of my artwork. Although it’s not the artwork from the bags I sell (the text at the bottom is slightly different, as you can see, and there is just the one heart) but from my original drawing/print. So they probably pulled it off the internet and did a bad tracing. The poor pug’s mouth looks terrible.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to find the store or do anything about this, but it’s pretty upsetting for me.

*** EDIT : I think the bag is actually from the Phillipines, not Mexico. Which makes copyright infringement action very difficult.

My work:

More about this situation and samples of my art here:

What Ricoh did:

And other graphics from there site here:

This project was done by:

Agency: Gigante Vaz Partners | 295 Lafayette Street | New York, NY 10012

I was contacted by the agency in Sept. of 2008 and they requested two copies of my self-promotion called “Keyboard Characters” which can be seen at my link above.

I sent off two sets that contained the monster shown in this post. Around February of 2009 I see the ad they produced above and the other various graphics on the site created to market the Ricoh product. There is another image on my site that shows a more recent brochure using the same character direction.

What pisses me off the most is all the email I’ve received from people asking me if I did work for Ricoh. Ricoh made a cheap B Movie version of my art and now it’s capitalizing on my own works equity.


Dan Hillier ‘Altered Engravings’

I was notified by someone who likes my work that the Hillhead Bookclub were using my artwork without permission in Glasgow.

Hillhead Bookclub is a fancy new bar in Glasgow owned by Scotland’s number 1 leisure company G1 Group.

I was sent the image below as well as a link to their website which at the time also featured this image and another of mine as links for their Twitter and Facebook pages.

You can see the original image here.

Unfortunately I wasn’t bright enough to get screen shots and further images so I could take them to court as I was told I would have a ‘walkaway case’ by copyright solicitors, despite the fact that most of my images are made by collaging bits of other existing prints.

After contacting them I was offered an apology, along with an expression of interest in potentially exhibiting some of my prints inside, and the web images were removed.  I thought that was it but then found out that they’d kept the billboard posters up for another month and had already handed out a load of flyers and bookmarks with my  work on them.

I did some digging for evidence via some friendly Glaswegians on my mailing list but they’ve now removed my artwork and have replaced it with these.

They’ve also filled their website with like images.

So not straight rip-offs but you can see how I might be a tad cheesed off seeing how they’ve obviously set out to copy what I do.

I’m the first to say that I’m not the first to be making this sort of work – Max Ernst was collaging like this years ago, albeit in a different style – but having been firstly stolen from and then seeing bad versions of my work being used has cheesed me right off.  If they’d have asked to use my work I may have been interested.

If I’d been a bit more together I could have rinsed them out in court, but never mind…

You can see my work at

London Film Museum identity used over in the USA?

I was sent this link today and was a little stunned by what I saw.

I know it’s only “A conceptual campaign for the LACMA’s Film Festival introducing the American Comedies of Ernst Lubitsch,” but even so, isn’t a little close to our own logo/poster/identity/banner advertising done by Radim Malinic.

MixFits Conceptual designs on his website

Home Page of MixFit's website

The "Print" page on his website

London Film Museum finished designs in place around County Hall, South Bank, London, UK

I’ve checked his site and it doesn’t credit the museum or Radim anywhere.

How did we find out about this? Mixfit sent out his email newsletter with the information on and the designer Radim is on his mailing list!

Email has been sent asking him to remove them and will see what he says.

London Film Museum

UPDATE – He has been in touch and explained that he is a student and this was done as part of his coursework. He says he used Radim’s designs as inspiration. He has now removed this from his site.

Electric Zombie Rips Off Red Dead Redemption/Rockstar Games

The Original:

Red Dead Redemption Case Artwork by Rockstar Games.

Not even questionable -

Ironically called “Redemption” for the band Silverstein, Artist: Electric Zombie.

Coincidentally also calls out another artist for mirroring other styles on his blog, funny he uses exact stolen artwork on his own projects! This is NOT the first time he’s been called out. Check out his portfolio HERE for other “questionable at best” pieces.

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