When Silent Pandas Attack Rob Pruitt

Some of you might remember that about two weeks ago I posted a story about New York based artist Rob Pruitt ripping off the popular Threadless T-Shirt, When Pandas Attack. The tee was designed AJ Dimarucot and Jimmy Benedict (aka jimiyo), despite this, neither artists received attribution for the design nor did either provide Pruitt with permission to use the design.

Since then, the close knit T-Shirt community has been discussing this hot topic, with one forum thread on the popular T-Shirt site Emptees receiving 300+ posts regarding the topic.

Threadless, a popular Internet based T-Shirt company with a tight knit and vocal community decided to take things into their own hands. A handful of Threadless faithful made their way to Pruitt’s “Pattern and Degradation” gallery in West Village for a silent protest of sorts, with each member decked out in the original When Pandas Attack T-Shirt. Oh, and they also had a huge panda accompanying them. Threadless posted a few photos from the event and promises to share video. And guess what, Pruitt was at the gallery.

“Yesterday in NYC at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Threadless fans and staffers staged a silent attack against the use of a Threadless design, “When Pandas Attack” (which was originally a collab by Jimiyo and AJ Dimarucot). Rob Pruitt, the artist who allegedly misappropriated the design (to put it kindly) was actually in the gallery at the time, and was completely baffled. We’re sure the guy sneaking around in a panda suit helped our silent yet powerful cause too! Talk about art creating art creating one very confused “artist.”

Now you’re wondering why Threadless doesn’t just sue Pruitt for copyright infringement. It turns out that since Threadless is crowdsourced, they only keep the rights to the apparel, while the original artists hold the rights to the actual design. So therein lies the problem. AJ Dimarucot, one of the co-designers is based in the Philippines, which makes things quite complicated. he wants to take action, but because he lives so far away, it is difficult for him to do so. And Jimiyo has gone on record as being quite apathetic to the whole situation.

So what to do? Well, first off, we can start by showing Pruitt that he is wrong. If you live in New York:

  1. Show up to the gallery wearing you When Pandas Attack T-Shirt and ask Pruitt why he ripped off two artists without giving attribution or getting permission.
  2. If you don’t have a When Pandas Attack T-Shirt, then show up anyway, and question him and/or bug the staff or curators about the situation. Let people know that he ripped off this piece.
  3. Post about this story on your blog, or better yet, RT this post or link to it on your Facebook page so that when people Google Pruitts name, this and the other posts linked will also show up.

Stealing art is bad, even pandas know that.

When Pandas Attack

When Pandas Attack

When Pandas Attack

When Pandas Attack

When Pandas Attack

When Pandas Attack

Photos via Threadless’ Official Facebook Page.

Super Heroic Minimalism

Super Heroic Minimalism is an awesome new Threadless T-Shirt by designer Jonah Block that features two of my favorite Marvel characters in minimalistic form. Both Spider-Man and Iron Man are represented in the design, but surprisingly missing from the print is the caped crusader aka the Dark Knight aka Batman. It looks like Threadless legal decided to tweak the design to exclude my favorite cowled superhero.

Take a look below to see the design that is currently available for sale as well as the original submitted design. And further down you’ll see Ant-Man modification that Block made as replacements for the original Batman design.

What do you think? Did Threadless yank Batman from Super Heroic Minimalism for legal reasons or because they felt it should have been an all Marvel ensemble?

In any case, if you like this one then I think you should grab it ASAP because Threadless legal could pull the design all together at anytime!

Super Heroic Minimalism is available now from Threadless for $18. Super power not included.

Super Heroic Minimalism

Super Heroic Minimalism

Super Heroic Minimalism

Super Heroic Minimalism

All Together Now: Official Threadless Family Reunion Tee

File this under the “I Wish I Was There” category. So the amazing people over at Threadless recently held their 4th annual Family Reunion, and from what I can gather from the various Twitter updates, it was an all around blast. Everyone that attended the reunion received one of these super exclusive All Together Now tees.

And just in case you were wondering, no, you can’t buy this T-Shirt. You had to be there to get it!

All Together Now Threadless Family Reunion

All Together Now

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Threadless Comics-on Tees

Our favorite little crowdsourcing T-Shirt company that could, Threadless, released a series of tees in celebration of Comic-Con! The series is called Threadless Comics-On Tees and features the work of some very talented artists including Jill Thompson, Cliff Chiang, Tony Moore and Art Baltazar.

What’s especially cool about these 4 shirts are that they all follow a single storyline, which was written by Thompson. Is this first volume of many Threadless Comics-On Tees to come? The idea is great so I wouldn’t mind seeing, reading and wearing future volumes!

The shirts are individually priced at $20 a piece but you can grab all 4 as part of the “Collector’s Edition 4 Pack” which is priced at $70 (you save $10 by going this route).

Threadless Comics-On Tees

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 2, Vol. 1 by Tony Moore.

“When Jill Thompson asked me to join this project with herself, Cliff Chiang, and Art Balthazar, I was very excited. Threadless is a mainstay around my house, and the other contributors are all professionals I’ve known and admired for quite some time. But then there was the reality of standing beside those fine folks, and with the company that brings so many great shirt designs to life, and when…”

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 2, Vol. 1 by Tony Moore

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 2, Vol. 1 by Tony Moore

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 4, Vol. 1 by Art Baltazar.

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 4, Vol. 1 by Art Baltazar

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 3, Vol. 1 by Cliff Chiang.

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Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 3, Vol. 1 by Cliff Chiang

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 1, Vol. 1 by Jill Thompson.

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This is How You Lego A Theadless T-Shirt

On a scale of 0 to 100, with o being radless to 100 being amazingly rad, this Threadless T-Shirt to Lego build conversion by Alex Eylar scores an astounding 100 on my radness scale. Alex took the recently released, Tetris themed T-Shirt, and “rebuilt” it using some oversized Lego’s. Alex originally posted the photo over on his Flickr page.

Threadless Tetris T-Shirt in Legos

And here is the original Threadless T-Shirt, Let The Game Continue by Eduardo San Gil. Interstingly, the shirt which was just released last week Monday is no longer found in the Threadless catalog. And trying to access the direct link to the T-Shirt leads you right back to the Threadless catalog. Was the T-Shirt taken down because Nintendo complained? I wonder.

Let The Game Continue

The Threadless Sketchbook

If you enjoyed the 76 Threadless Designs from Sketch To Print post then you will definitely be interested to know that the Threadless community has just released a Sketchbook containing classic Threadless designs. I say “Threadless community” because this really is a collaborative project that started with the Threadless blogging community. Here’s the full story:

It all started when MurrayMullet (Phil Jones) posted a blog on the Threadless forum, asking alumni for sketches of their printed designs. To quote the blog, “They can be just the idea, initial attempt or napkin drawings.”

The blog blew up and people were posting “like crazy and sh!t,” says speedyjvw (Joe Van Wetering). In fact, it got so bonkers, another Threadless dood, Ian Lieno thought it would be cool to compile all of this into a book, with ALL of the funds going towards Bloggerraiser. What’s Bloggerraiser? Well, for the n00bs, its an annual Threadless blogger-driven fundraiser that brings folks from all over to our annual meet-up in September, aka our Family Reunion.

The book is an amazing compilation of original sketches of over 120 Threadless shirts from 66 different artists, with the forward written by Mr. Jake Nickell himself. Pick up the book over on Lulu for $19.99. Awesome job, Ian, and thanks to all who contributed!

The Threadless Sketchbook is available in paperback form and is 120 pages long. You can purchase the Sketchbook from Lulu for $19.99.

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If you’d like to see some more sketches then check out this post:

76 Threadless T-Shirts From Sketch To Print

Threadless Kids Clearance Sale

Known an awesome kid? We’ll here’s your chance to pick them up some awesome threads! The good people over at Threadless is having a huge clearance sale on all of their gear made especially for kids, including onesies, hoodsies, hoodies and of course kid tees! The tees are normally priced at $20 but they have been marked down to $9. Score!

Threadless Kids Clearance Sale

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We're on the same level by Dud Lawson

Friendly Beasts by Hillary White

Blowfish by Andy Gonsalves

peliCAN: Help Restore The Gulf

Veteran Threadless designers, Ross Zietz and Frederik Wepener, have teamed up to deliver peliCAN, a T-Shirt that Threadless just released to help with the relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

The shirt is unbelievably priced at just $10 with ALL proceeds going to the Gulf Restoration Network.

Let’s face it, BP has done and is still doing major damage to the Gulf with its ongoing oil leakage. Unlike other disasters, there’s not much that we can do to help the situation. It’s not like we can jump in, drop a bunch of paper towels into the Gulf with the hope that it will suck all the oil of there. Not going to happen. What we can do is help out with monetary donations so the experts can do their thing. The great part about picking up peliCAN from Threadless is that you’re helping the cause and getting an awesome shirt in the process.

Donate to the relief efforts with just $10 by picking up peliCAN from Threadless.

peliCAN by Frederik Wepener and Ross Zietz

peliCAN by Frederik Wepener and Ross Zietz

Weekly Recap and Linkology | June 11, 2010

Around This Blog:

This week on Co-Tee TV I featured Charlie Noble, a brand born out of a love for sailing and the great outdoors.

The Friendship Algorithm by ThinkGeek proved to be a popular tee for fans of the Big Bang Theory.

The Friendship Algorithm

One of the biggest news pieces this week involved Johnny Cupcakes imitator and master ripper, Benny Frying Pan. This Korean based brand has ripped off nearly aspect of the Johnny Cupcakes brand.

Bakes On The First Date

And of course, thanks to the following for linking to my blog! I love you guys!

And the 108 LOST T-Shirt List lives! Thanks to Scooter and Hum. Via Scooter and Hum.

Charley Parker of the awesome illustration blog, Lines and Colors, mentioned my Threadless From Sketch To Print post! Super awesome, thanks Charley! Via Lines and Colors.

T-Shirt Blogging Friends:

Have you voted for CotyGonzales.com yet over at T-ShirtBlo.gs? I’m currently ranked #4 so please help me out by giving a vote of 5 stars! Virtual hugs, kisses and high fives will be dispersed appropriately!

Vote for me on t-shirtblo.gs

Mr. Fresh over at Addicteed discovered this gem of a tee. It’s called Vinyl Is Forever and was designed by Soundscreen Design. Via Addicteed.

Vinyl Is Forever

Thee Monster Cookie Moon by 80sTees. Need I say more? Via Fashionably Geek.

Three Monster Cookie Moon

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!

30 Days of Johnny Cupcakes

Other Coty Links:

This image really scared the heck out of me. Via TumblrTrends.

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This might just be the world’s very first iPad magician! Via SwipeTap.

Phoneballs: The iPhone Case With Balls. Via SwipeTap.

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Threadless News:

This weeks Threadless Pick of The Week goes to End by Matheus Lopes.

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End by matheus lopes

And of course, everyone knows about the $10 Threadless Summer Sale! Wait, you didn’t know about the $10 Threadless Summer Sale? Well son, you have until June 14 (5PM CT) to score $10 tees and $30 hoodies.

Threadless Summer Sale