Johnny Cupcakes Raids Thailand Copy Cat

Vantage Eternal Shop in Bangkok, Thailand has been doing a very bad thing. They have been selling counterfeit Johnny Cupcakes goods. With the cooperation of the Thailand authorities and of course a good trademark lawyer, Mr. Cupcakes was able to have the illegal goods confiscated.

“Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I say that it’s the sincerest form of getting punched in the face. Or the sincerest form of asking for a field trip to court. Every day is a battle. Seriously, every day. Today we won a big one. Bangkok, Thailand. I was informed by quite a few Johnny Cupcakes customers that this store was carrying hundreds of fake Johnny Cupcakes t-shirts. We even got this person kicked off of eBay for selling fakes. Well well… their store was just raided by police, over 400 t-shirts were confiscated, and the owner was arrested. He’ll be going to court shortly.”

Of even more interest to me is the photo of the “Infringer’s Board” (see below for photo) that Johnny posted. This is a white board that features brands who have caused intellectual property damage from around the world. The list includes:

  • Urban Outfitters
  • Hot Topic
  • Billabong
  • Pastry
  • Kohls
  • Random Bakeries
  • Various Online Stores
  • Stussy (iPhone Packaging)
  • Thailand
  • Korea (Ku Sung Bum, Koo Sung Bum, Benny Frying Pan)
  • Stockhold
  • Malaysia (Padini)

There are some big names on that list.

Johnny Cupcakes Raid

Johnny Cupcakes Thailand Raid

Johnny Cupcakes Thailand Raid

Johnny Cupcakes Thailand Raid

Johnny Cupcakes Infringemers Board


  1. says

    Every time I visit my family in Thailand and check out the malls, I see more and more rips. I’m glad that Johnny’s actually doing something about it!

  2. says

    Shirt piracy is one big problem that I have with the industry. I believe that when a shirt is made, it’s like a painting on a canvas. For someone to make a rip-off, duplicate or forgery of a shirt design is like forging a great piece of art.
    Johnny Cupcakes has an amazing way of keeping control of his designs, as there are so many people out there who support his work, his designs and are just as passionate about the label as he is.

    The biggest surprise to me was the fact that on the list was companies like Billabong, Hot Topic and Stussy. I mean, I knew that Hot Topic was selling rip-offs, because I’ve seen their recent line of shirts for the Youtube channel EpicMealTime. These shirts, although similar in design to those sold on the official site, are set out with different typefaces and they also don’t have the typical EpicMealTime logo. But the idea of intellectual property fraud from a company like Billabong is quite a surprise. But then again, by taking stylistic elements from a designer like Johnny Cupcakes, it makes their designs appeal to the same audience as the original designer.