Thanks to aled lewis (fatheed) for pointing this out. And he's on New York Times too. Some artist named Rob Pruitt decided to 'paint art from t-shirts'. And he had to choose the panda Jimiyo and I did for Threadless.

Check out the background pattern!

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/arts/design/16pruitt.html?_r=1




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  • ExaltedByMark.

    Yikes!
  • atomicchild

    gah what BS

    How does he think no one would find out...what an idiot
  • VIHMIRU

    atomicchild said: gah what BS

    How does he think no one would find out...what an idiot
  • Tom Philibeck

    wow this dude needs to get bent.

    what a cunt.
  • _starryeyez_

    atomicchild said: gah what BS

    How does he think no one would find out...what an idiot
  • volatile v

    What a fucking idiot. Manticores assemble.
  • ModernMarc

    Wow! He blatantly ripped your piece.
    What you gonna do about it?
  • gangnath

    I wrote the author of the NY Times article this morning and asked if he knew that the piece was a rip...here's his response.
    _______
    Dear Mr. Gangnath:

    I know the painting you're referring to. And yes, Pruitt did tell me it was an appropriation of a T-shirt design. But much of the work in the show is built around the idea of using other people's designs - there are paintings on top of Ikea designs, ones that use recent Lilly Pulitzer designs, others that use well-known T-shirt motifs and classic paintings.

    This kind of appropriation or quoting or borrowing or stealing - call it what you will - has been going on as a conscious strategy in the art world for many years now. I've written before about the Marlboro Man paintings of Richard Prince and how they use, without credit, the pictures of those who took the shots for the original ad campaigns. (I did a piece focusing on one of these ad photographers, who was upset that his work was being used.) It's definitely an approach that does not sit well with some, especially those whose work is appropriated.

    Thank you for taking the time to write to me about this.

    Best,
    Randy Kennedy
  • atomicchild

  • WinterArtwork

    he looks like a dick head

    get 'em!!
  • Birdie31

    "much of the work in the show is built around the idea of using other people’s designs"

    wait.. so taking someones design and adding scribbles makes it your own?
  • RoboPickle

    He looks like some washed up actor trying to regain his childhood fame.
  • skaw

    how about we send 50 ppl to the gallery wearing the original tee with "stolen zero" printed on the back?
  • againstbound

    skaw said: how about we send 50 ppl to the gallery wearing the original tee with "stolen zero" printed on the back?

    Yes, please.
  • DOOOM

    I'm suprised no one here knows who he is.. It sucks that he has done that, continue to pursue it. He is a joke.
  • SirEuan

    I have nothing against pop art using mainstream culture and ads in their work, basic example being the Andy Warhol soup cans, if anything that only did Campbell's soup a favour. The problem here is the artist is using relatively obscure and unknown work as his basis. People aren't going to look at this and KNOW what he is copying/referencing like they did when they saw Warhol's Brillo boxes or Campbells soup cans.

    I would hope on that basis you would be able to get some sort of payback or compensation for this.
  • 110specialblack

    skaw said: how about we send 50 ppl to the gallery wearing the original tee with "stolen zero" printed on the back?

    haha
    againstbound said:
    Yes, please.
  • atomicchild

    skaw said: how about we send 50 ppl to the gallery wearing the original tee with "stolen zero" printed on the back?

    best idea all day
  • VIHMIRU

    SirEuan said: I have nothing against pop art using mainstream culture and ads in their work, basic example being the Andy Warhol soup cans, if anything that only did Campbell's soup a favour. The problem here is the artist is using relatively obscure and unknown work as his basis. People aren't going to look at this and KNOW what he is copying/referencing like they did when they saw Warhol's Brillo boxes or Campbells soup cans.

    I would hope on that basis you would be able to get some sort of payback or compensation for this.

    exactly right! this whole thing is BS.

    direct quotes lifted from a press release on http://maccarone.net/ - one of the galleries.

    Gavin Brown's enterprise is pleased to present Pattern and Degradation, a major exhibition of new works by Rob Pruitt.

    and the artist's iconic panda returns in large-scale pattern paintings like enormous swatches of custom designed fabric.

    they all think the panda is pruitt's...?!
  • Lmerrill

    This is bullshit, I hope you contact this asshole with a big fat cease and desist.
  • vandal x klothing

    I would find him spit in his face and give him a big fuck you. Is he going to try and re sell the big art piece with the pandas. I would be fucking pissed off and feeling sick over this.

    What you should really do is.
    Find some one who has a baby, get a dirty diaper filled with shit, I would stick it in a poly mailer and mail it out to him. When he opens it first reaction would be to puke :)
  • heat.

    Maccarone — Mr. Pruitt is making his most ambitious bid yet. He seems to be trying to make a case for himself not just as a congregant but also as a deacon, a major artist.

    ooooh right...
  • jimmybreen

    Doesn't threadless own the copyright to the image? If so, they will sue for sure.
  • ShineOn

    You should send an email in to http://youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com
  • wotto

    That dude is a tit. Just send the lawyers in.
  • collisiontheory

    jimmybreen said: Doesn't threadless own the copyright to the image? If so, they will sue for sure.

    Actually they don't, the copyright is under my name and jimiyo's name. Threadless just facilitates the process. At least that's what they tell you when you win on there.

    I would want all proceeds halved between me and Jimiyo when they sell the painting. haha
  • collisiontheory

    skaw said: how about we send 50 ppl to the gallery wearing the original tee with "stolen zero" printed on the back?

    can you fly me to NY to join this? haha this should happen and it could be an Improv Everywhere type of thing and could be a "performance art" in itself. lol
  • wotto

    this guy just adds to my thinking that the fine art world is in a real shit mess right now. People talk their way into galleries nowadays. I hope a new movement comes along soon and eats this shit up.
  • rik c



    boy is he a genius
  • runkie

    They should sue this fuck.
  • reyrey78921

    he should put jimiyo's name on it...
  • Mel Muraca

    Whoa, sorry to see it happen. I always think of ripping as being young kids from Indonesia and forget there are grown people making respectable livings off of this sort of behaviour.
    Hope it gets sorted.
  • Obscure

    It is ok cos the NY times says it is.
  • Craig Robson

    i hope you are taking a correct legal action over this. if that painting sells people need to know they are buying your work not his. and of course compensate you accordingly.
  • collisiontheory

    Craig Robson said: i hope you are taking a correct legal action over this. if that painting sells people need to know they are buying your work not his. and of course compensate you accordingly.

    Yes that's what I'm hoping for! It's been sent to the Threadless legal department.
  • gaunty

    CT you are a money magnet. Your designs continue to make you money even after they have been sold. Sue that bitch for
    Millions Pictures, Images and Photos
  • primo

    That background looks kinda sick actually.
  • Tom Philibeck

    I want this fucker's email so we can harass his ass.
  • PitchGrim

    Mike Err said:
    Craig Robson said: i hope you are taking a correct legal action over this. if that painting sells people need to know they are buying your work not his. and of course compensate you accordingly.

    since he isn't selling reproductions of the ripped off art it is going to be hard to sue

    That's not true at all. This guy is featured in the NEW YORK TIMES showcasing what he claims to be his original work. That alone is sue worthy.

    Good luck with this guys.
  • dovemans

    wotto said: this guy just adds to my thinking that the fine art world is in a real shit mess right now. People talk their way into galleries nowadays. I hope a new movement comes along soon and eats this shit up.

    I'm working on it.

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