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I put the shirt on and it fit fine. I couldn’t stop smiling. The whole thing was so damned surreal. Here I am in a Paul Smith...
I got a message from a friend of mine currently working in shanghai the other day. He sent me some photos of one of my posters he found on some walls advertising a haloween party in the city. Someone took it off my portfolio, took out the original copy that advertised a hamlet play and blatantly put some new shit on top of it but kept my graphics intact. Shit travels a long way but always come back around =)
What a great sense of humor! Well played!
I was in the PaulSmith store on 5th ave last week and saw they were selling a copy of UnknownPleasures for $175 along with a few other joydivision/new order albums. Pretty outrageous. I do love their stuff though.
I remember flight 404. classic
I didn't read the whole thing, but I hope he doesn't think Paul Smith (if that is a real person, I don't know the brand very well) had anything to do with the creative process. It's usually some intern who designs the t-shirt and some random freelancer who does the graphics.
As a student I started out doing t-shirts for a lot of clothing labels and also designed some jeans for people like Marcs, Morrisey and Utech etc.
Point being, I never actually met anyone from those clothing labels; it was always through a third party. They were just buying art work off me.
So if you think of it that way, this guy should be pretty pissed off that some student -freelancer ripped off his work. Not only that; he went and paid $235 for it.
I would've given the folks at Paul Smith a phone call and demanded a new wardrobe for stealing my work.
Awesome read and yes, an admirable reaction. My first reaction would be to reach for my phone and dial a lawyer, but he's obviously a chilled out guy. Cheers for Posting! +1
While I think it's admirable he's not crying all over the internet, I also think it's a bit weak he appears to be doing nothing to protect his work.
Step 1: Get drunk on martinis and buy a shit-load of dice from Amazon. What a dude!
Flight404 is a total classic! Paul Smith is da man.
hah. he sure took the whole thing good.
i love this
"And Mr. Smith, if you are reading this, Lance and I have always wanted to spend a week in London. Oh, and I am a 42L."
The man should sue or agree on a settlement if he wants to get some Respect. I mean come on, they did it, they got away with it, they will do it again. Let's not forget before design there is business and figures. I am not sure if it happens again f404 will be dancing again, unless he wants to make a complete fool of himself.
I get what you're saying Invalid, but Paul Smith, along with all these other 'labels' should do their homework to make sure the stuff they put out is original. They would be the first to sue, if one of their designs had been ripped...
I have just mailed an old friend of mine who used to work with Paul Smith on a daily basis... Interested to know the reaction