This past week has basically been all about one thing: COMIC-CON! I did a ton of posts on and related to the biggest geek event of the year. And it all culminated in The Best of Comic-Con Costume Spotting 2010. If you missed out on the daily costume coverage, be sure to check out this all in one exclusive post!
Also, be sure to check out some of the cool photos from the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World printing press station that was set up at Comic-Con.
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 itâ€™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 wellâ€¦ their store was just raided by police, over 400 t-shirts were confiscated, and the owner was arrested. Heâ€™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:
Various Online Stores
Stussy (iPhone Packaging)
Korea (Ku Sung Bum, Koo Sung Bum, Benny Frying Pan)
Johnny Cupcakes just released a new batch of tees, and I have to say that this might be one of my favorite releases. The Warhol inspired Soup Can T-Shirt immediately caught my attention and Legalize Cupcakes once again infuses an old school illustration style that we’ve become accustomed to with Johnny Cupcakes. A plaid heavy aqua version of the classic crossbones design rounds out my favorites from this release batch.
Also of note is the Johnny Cupcakes Crossbones Umbrella. I’m in the market for a new umbrella and this just might be it.
The new tees are priced at $35.99 a piece with the new Make Cupcakes Not War colorway priced at $38.99. You can snag the fancy Johnny Cupcakes Umbrella for $29.99.
Jarren from Just Another Day In East Dayton has decided to start a project called 30 Days of Johnny Cupcakes. He’ll be wearing a different Johnny Cupcakes tee for the next 30 days and will add a little commentary for each shirt worn. Via Johnny Cupcakes.
Here’s his collection. Impressive, huh!
Other Coty Links:
This image really scared the heck out of me. Via TumblrTrends.
This might just be the worldâ€™s very first iPad magician! Via SwipeTap.
Phoneballs: The iPhone Case With Balls. Via SwipeTap.
So this is a trip. It looks like a korean “brand” named Benny Frying Pan has decided that they want to be just like Johnny Cupcakes, literally. The Korean based Benny Frying Pan changed the name, but nothing much else. As you can tell from the comparison images below, Benny Frying Pan is a clear rip off of Johnny Cupcakes.
Even a close look at the two logos and you’ll notice that the cupcake are still there, but the fake version decided, hey, a fork and spoon would work better than bones. But you can’t fool us, it’s still a rip off.
I don’t understand Korean, but I would LOVE to read the Benny Frying Pan “History” and “Concept”, which they do have posted on their website, albeit in Korean. They even have a section dedicated to their “Logos” with the quote:
“Our icons are expressed to passion and pleasure, including Trust, Promise, Community, Understanding and Fun.”
It’s pretty sad.
So what do you guys think? Should Johnny Cupcakes pack up his suitcase and burn Benny Frying Pan at the stake? He should at least splash them with some scalding hot cooking oil.
UPDATE: It looks like Benny Frying Pan also has a US / .com version of their site. You can check it out here. Lots and lots and lots more rip off designs than on the Korean website. They even have fitted caps.
Our favorite cupcake hustler, Johnny Cupcakes, has just released a some new goods and they’re available now in his online shop. First up are some new Johnny Cupcakes branded totes. The tote designs include the popular Make Cupcakes Not War moniker, the fat kid and a classic crossbones design. The totes are priced at $19.99 a piece.
Johnny has also released two new tees, both of which are in commemoration of the recent A Nightmare On Elm Street remake. Freddy is back and Mr. Cupcakes is excited! Both shirts are available now for $35.99 at Johnny Cupcakes. I should mention that growing up I was horrified of Freddy Krueger. Horrified. I remember catching it on TV when I was maybe 6 or 7 and being totally horrified. Needless to say, this theatrical reboot is on my must watch list!
By the way, the Johnny Cupcakes Suitcase Tour is still on the road, so if you want to catch him before he heads back home to Boston then be sure to check out the tour page on his website!
In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Robocopper by Olly Moss and review a box of goodies sent to me from Johnny Cupcakes, a clothing brand started in 2001 by Massachusetts native, Johnny Earle. Earlier this month, Johnny Cupcakes embarked on a nationwide adventure that he dubbed The Suitcase Tour.
For Johnny, this is him going back to his roots. When he first started Johnny Cupcakes, he would sell goods stuffed in an old suitcase from the trunk of car. He would stuff that suitcase full with Johnny Cupcakes tees and he’d bring it along to whatever city his band was playing in at the time. That was how Johnny Cupcakes started and now with this tour, Johnny Cupcakes has come full circle.
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I received a couple of products from Johnny Cupcakes, including his Make Cupcakes Not War sticker, Camo Print Pencil, Camo Print Notebook, and Crossbones Wallet. The stickers and the pencil were your standard branded items and are some of the cheaper products in the Johnny Cupcakes shop. On a budget? Buy a Johnny Cupcakes branded pencil, pin or sticker.
The composition book was not as sturdy as those classic composition books from grade school with the thick front and back covers. Instead, this one was a bit more flexible due to the covers not being as thick. The inside back cover of the book comes with the standard “things you should know” facts like you’d find in any composition book. The inside of the front cover has a cute outline of the Johnny Cupcakes logo that you encouraged to sketch inside of.
The most exciting part of the package was the purple leather crossbones wallet. The wallet comes packaged in a little brown sack, with black lettering and a red drawstring. The wallet is very thin and is made up of a total of four pockets. The main center pocket is perfect for a few bills. On one side of the wallet there are two pockets for your plastic cards and on the opposite side you’ll find a pocket with a clear window, presumably for identification.
Very cool. A must watch for fans of Johnny Cupcakes (and Ashton Kutcher), T-Shirt enthusiasts and ice cream lovers.
“I thought it would be rad to treat all of my customers to ice cream sandwiches if they showed up with their Johnny Cupcakes t-shirt on. 300+ Johnny Cupcakers showed up & boy did we eat a lot.” -- Johnny Cupcakes
Johnny Cupcakes just unleashed to the world his new Artist Series line of T-Shirts. The first two tees, features designs from artist Danny Jones / YASLY, who is known for cultivating old world techniques into tangible expressions of thought.
The shirts features abstract art on the front with the designer signature on the back. I have to admit that I am impressed by the first two designs in this new line. I am also curious to see who else will be contributing to the new Artist Line.
The T-Shirts are generously priced at $39.99 a piece. Here’s a thought, I’d be interested to see an all Johnny designed line. I understand the most if not all of the designs come from Johnny’s imagination but back in the day when he was just starting out he would do all the drawings as well. Nowadays, I believe that he passes on his mental doodles to artists who then transform his idea into a tangible image. What if Johnny went back to his roots and designed his T-Shirt all by his lonesome self, without the help of a seasoned artist. It would be the grassroots Johnny line. Hmmm….something to ponder.
Johnny Cupcakes added a few new pieces to their collection over the weekend. Of particular interest to me is the new Fresh Deliveries tee. The simple, white print on black is yet another one of those throwback Johnny Cupcakes pieces that look as if they were conceived by a designer from the current day who took a time machine back to the 1950′s. Pick up Fresh Deliveries from johnny Cupcakes for $35.99.