Talking about intellectual property and what we can and can't use is one of my fav convos. As someone who has worked with logos/celebrity for years and how it gets thrown in a big social media blender - I love having been on both sides of the coin. @sethbogartofficial and I are continuing the conversation by opening our own @zara store inside of Peggy Noland/Wacky Wacko. We bought our own rip offs from all over the web (some rip offs of rip offs) and are selling them for thrice the price. If you know anyone else selling Seth or I's work, please keep letting us know. AND if you have been ripped off by Zara, and want to sell your stuff here- let us know! See you today from 12-6 at 1361 Sunset Blvd.
Mine vs. Theirs. Part 2 These rip offs feel different to me- less personal I suppose. This is from some company called @7mang . They actually made it cuter lol, but so strange they replaced FANTA with SUNKIST! Why just that one lol? Anyhoo, @sethbogartofficial and I's work gets ripped off a lot- we usually don't even post about it- our time is better spent making the next thing than chasing a notoriously difficult and costly IP lawsuit - especially with these (pictured) rip offs from some no name factory in China. But that's not the fun part of this convo for me. This is: The content of this shirt is my paintings of soda cans. Can I claim intellectual property rights when I have used someone else's intellectual property? (Not talking about parody, changing 40%, legally, etc...) Talking about the PRINCIPLE of the issue, that's the fun stuff, cause there is not an answer. Sure, there is a difference between me and Pespi. I am an artist who still has trouble making rent sometimes and they are a billion dollar co. But do the same rules apply? I never asked to be advertised too, the Pepsi logo is planted firmly in my brain. Isn't it inevitable that it will come out of my hands? Is the principle of 'ripping off' the same in both directions? When a 12 year old tags me on a photo of something they made that was inspired by or even a copy of what's I made, I love it. But when a company (even mine) stands to make money off of something they clearly deem valuable without paying for that value, it's different. So one would conclude it's about the money... right? I am clearly missing a buisness gene here, because for me it's not. If it's in a gallery/museum the convo is also way different that if it's in a retail store. I want to be clear I am speaking specifically about rip offs of 'rip offs.' When original artwork is stolen it's a completely different convo. This is my original artwork, as I spent time and thought creating it, but the content of my original artwork is someones elses' original artwork. You see what I'm saying? Does it matter is the artists that is being ripped off is creating in their bedroom or a boardroom? These are honest questions. What do you think?