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
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?
If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery then we are very happy to share this with you. We're about to launch a brand new portfolio tomorrow, couple of small content updates and layout amends aside, and just going through our analytics we came across Katia Convents.
Profission site is top, Katia Convents site is bottom.
Using imagery and code directly from the 2005 Profission site, and even using our google analytics urchin, the site goes as far as having a profission,png logo, but the copyright is altered to suit the new site.
We see this as a wonderful and poignant epilogue to a site that has served us well for five years.
This is my web
And this is an other web