Note: None of these ripped items are mine, but they belong to numerous creative individuals out there, only a few can I identify, perhaps you might be able to identify some of the other art and help inform the original owners. Work is stolen all the time and put on desktop wallpaper websites and the like, but this individual is trying to pass off this work as his own to fraudulently get jobs. So not cool.
Once upon a time there was a young man by the name of Brett Bash. He liked to claim he was a graphic designer extraordinaire, photographer, and all around visionary artist. He would go on to claim developed several high-profile websites, include Marc Ecko's website (as referenced here, specifically @ 1:32). The unfortunate thing is that Brett Bash's personal portfolios were just lousy with work he had ripped from other artists, companies, and even stock photography websites. Yes, he bought (probably found on a blog, though) stock photography to put in his portfolio.
He would claim that he was this amazing model photographer to chat up potential models to perhaps do a session with him. Which if you think about it, is very creepy, and possibly dangerous to these young women who would think they're working with an established professional, only to end up in the "studio" of a poser for a "photo shoot." I'm sure you can see the problem there.
Here's a quote from his website:
Hi. My name is Brett Bash. Slick and sleek, I capture polished images that sell beauty, rendering a reality in far greater definition than the eye may even comprehend. At its best, photography carves out a world through light and shadow that represents reality transformed, beyond a document, simulating the physical complete with a sense of space, time, weight and corporeal properties Through rich, sensual color, my works exhale a sense of life; through a complex tonal range, I capture moments. Shooting stunning models, beautiful cars, and magnificent scenery, I have one finger on the shutter release, and another on the future.
Funny enough, that is also stolen. It's part of Wendy Whitesell's artist bio. His thievery knows. no. bounds.
Early in 2011 a small design forum caught wind of what he was up to with all of his design thievery, and started contacting him to remove his stolen work. Eventually after a good Google Bombing and lots verbal tongue lashing, he eventually took his website offline. It was the end of some pretty prolific ripping. Or so was thought.
Eventually he came back with a vengence. While his original portfolio (brettbash.com), is devoid of the ripped work from before, and now mostly focuses on what is to be believed his actual breadth of work - mostly car related ads, brochures, flyers - he has several new sites up with new stolen work. One is his photography portfolio, and another is his digital/traditional art portfolio...
Here's a few examples of the work he's ripped off across a few of his various websites, as of May 4, 2011:
#1 Original Artist: Lvnel at istockphoto.com
#2 Original Artist: P0RG at deviantart.com
#3 Original Artist: asdfgfunky at deviantart.com
#4 Original Artist: AstonMartin.com
#5 Original Artist: Dave E. Phillips at threadless.com
#6 Original Artist: Wen-M at deviantart.com
#7 Original Artist: Zach Bush
#8 Original Artist: i-evermind at deviantart.com
I just don't know what to do. This kind of thing just isn't right and needs to be stopped.