“Controversial” designer Jeremy Scott is in some hot water following the revelation that much of his recently shown Fall ’13 collection appears to contain distinctive imagery which was stolen wholesale from the California skate artist Jimbo Phillips. People first began noticing when a graphic began circulating that points out the similarities. The Jimbo Phillips Graphix Facebook page noticed too, and re-posted the image with the caption, “This is crazy!”
Since then, Robert A. Denike, the President of NHS, Inc./Santa Cruz Skateboards (which sells Phillips’ designs) has released a longer message saying that this is totally unacceptable:
It’s obvious to us, the Phillips family, the fans of Jim Phillips Sr. and Jimbo Phillips, and fans of the brand Santa Cruz Skateboards, as well as many in the global skateboard and skate art community that there is clear and obvious infringement by Mr. Scott. We are discussing this with our legal team to determine our next steps.
I hope that Mr. Scott sees that his actions have hurt and affected many people, including the Phillips family, and that he has also severely damaged his own reputation. It is not too late for him to do the right thing, as an artist and creative person, and fix his error in judgment.
I know Jeremy Scott is known for being “breaking the rules,” but some rules exist for a reason. Like the one that says you are not allowed to copy and paste someone’s pre-existing art onto your own overpriced sweatshirts without that person’s permission. Jeremy Scott has remained resolutely silent on the issue thus far despite numerous publications’ attempts to contact him, which makes sense as he’s probably being sued right now. Then again, what can he really say to defend a rip-off job this egregious? Take a look at these pictures to see what I mean.