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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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

76 Threadless T-Shirts From Sketch To Print

Have you ever wondered what your favorite Threadless design looked like before it graced the coveted fabric of a Threadless tee? Well, wonder no more because here are 76 Threadless classics from sketch to print.

76 Threadless T-Shirts From Sketch To Print

I’d love to hear which one of these are your favorites and whether or not you own any of these tees! Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!

If you enjoyed this post then please, please, please, tell you’re friends about it! A simple Tweet or post on your Facebook page will help to get the word out, and a link back on your blog would be greatly appreciated!

Facebook Like Co-Tee TV

If you stumbled on this blog via Twitter, Facebook or elsewhere then welcome! Please feel free to peruse the site and if you like what you see then I’d recommend adding Co-Tee TV as a friend on Facebook so that you can stay up-to-date on future posts!

1. Battle of the Giants by Alex Solis

Battle of the Giants

Battle of the Giants

2. Space Chase by Alex Solis

Space Chase

Space Chase

3. Fast Food by Alex Solis

Fast Food

Fast Food

4. War Games by Ersin Ertuck

War Games

War Games

5. Burgervetica by David Schwen

Burgervetica

Burgervetica

6. Irate Primate by David Schwen

Irate Primate

Irate Primate

7. Springfield Still Life by Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini

Springfield Still Life

Springfield Still Life

8. Sees The Day by Evan Ferstenfeld and Enkel Dika

Sees The Day

Sees The Day

Did you know that you can just click any of the images you see in this post and it will take you straight to the product page? What’s even better is that you score an extra $5 off your entire order by using the coupon code “yaykids5″ at checkout!

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4 New Threadless X Griffin iPod Touch Cases

Threadless and Griffin have just released 4 new iPod Touch Cases, featuring 4 classic Threadless designs. The Gaming Revolution by Sean Mort is one of my favorite Threadless designs – ever. Space Needs Color by Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini looks absolutely stunning as an iPhone case design. Put The Needle On The Record was never a Threadless favorite of mine (maybe because of the raised ink used on the tee), but as an iPhone Case design, it just works.

Unlike previous Threadless X Griffin cases, the new batch is made specifically for the iPod Touch. If I had to guess as to why this is case, I would say that it has something to do with the rumors of a new iPhone being released sometime in early June.

The cases are available now from Griffin Technology for $34.99 a piece. Each of the T-Shirts are also available from Threadless for $18 (Space Needle is priced at $20).

The Gaming Revolution

The Gaming Revolution

Put The nEedle On The Record

Put The Needle On The Record

I Came To Dance

I Came To Dance

Space Needs Color

Space Needs Color

Threadless X Giltman Limited Edition Tees

The Threadless Limited Edition Tee sale at Giltman has officially begun. We finally get to the see the full lineup (15 designs) and details of the Giltman Limited Editions. The designs chosen are indeed Threadless classics, including, Pandamonium, The Communist Party and Lions Are Smarter. Some of the desgins are also slightly modified from their original counterparts, including MP3, which includes just one of the three MP officers.

The Threadless X Giltman tees are printed on 50% Polyester, 25% Combed Cotton, 25% Rayon shirts. The colors are used are definitely uncharacteristic of Threadless. They are more of an earthy tone, so you’ll notice a lot of greys, blacks, and deep blues and reds.

The shocking part has got to be the price. The shirts are available today for $29 until May 5 at 6PM HST. The Limited Edition tees have a retail price of … gasp … $60. I am not sure if these will be available once the sale ends, but, I’d prefer not to pay $60 for one of these T-Shirts.

If you want to pick up one of these Giltman X Threadless Limited Edition T-Shirts, then you have to register first at Giltman and I’ve got invitations that you can use (Giltman is by invite only). Also, when you register with the invite, you get an $10 gift voucher (bringing the price of the shirt down to $19) that you can use on your Threadless tee or anything else at Giltman.

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The Communist Part

Pandamonium

Homesick Cosmonaut

Rock Out

Limited Edition Threadless Tees at Gilt Man

Threadless has teamed up with the exclusive online retailer, Gilt Man, to deliver limited edition Threadless tees that will only be available to Gilt Groupe members. If you’re unfamiliar with Gilt Groupe, basically, they offer high fashion clothing from luxury brands at discounts of up to 70% off. The only caveat is that the site is by invite only. Luckily for you, I’ve got invites that you can use. You’ll need to register before you can purchase your limited edition Threadless tees from Gilt Man. And by the way, when you register you’ll score an automatic $10 discount that you can use at checkout!

Based on the previews, it looks like the classic Funkalicious by Christopher Golebiowski and Clouds Within The Thunder by Joe Van Wetering, will be available for sale. Not sure what other designs they will have for sale on Gilt Man, but I am excited to find out! The tees used look like the form fitting Tri-Blends offered by American Apparel. As far as I know, these prints will only be available on May 4 and will only be available on Gilt Man. The shirts go on sale on May 4 at noon EST. No word yet on pricing.

Use this special invite to gain access to Gilt Man so that you can purchase your limited edition Threadless tees on May 4!

Gilt Man

Gilt Man