In the midst of Tiger Fever here in Detroit, one local designer has seemingly lost sight of a little thing called intellectual property.
Jack Savas of Ann Arbor based Agui Vintage Clothing has apparently been blatantly ripping off Banksy and selling boatloads of t-shirts to baseball fans. If stealing an iconic image from a high-profile contemporary artist wasn't enough, the context of the image has been distorted in all the wrong ways, plus the hapless local press praises the "edgy, artsy look."
When Savas was questioned by another reader via e-mail about the image, the reply was, "We did not steal anything we got Banksy's permission from his blog to re-draw his original street art. He is happy to have his artwork in the marketplace."
Savas was then asked, "Even if that is the case, you don't give him credit. How is that fair?"
There were no further replies.
If someone can direct me to Banksy's mysterious blog, I'd love to read that part.
[big kudos to Datawhat for being so eagle-eyed]