SHANGHAI–LA-based artist Joshua Vides, identified for his distinct black and white marker sketches, has taken to social media to blast Chinese language model Peacebird Males for what he stated is a fraudulent collaboration.
On Friday, Vides complained to his 179,000 followers on Instagram that Chinese language trend model, Peacebird Males, had put his signature on a collection of merchandise that he had no half in creating, sharing images and a video of a marketing campaign and merchandise bearing the Peacebird brand, his title, and the cartoon Rick and Morty. The video depicts a cartoon determine that indicators the title “Joshua Vides”.
“I’ve labored so…onerous to get to the place I’m right this moment. Years of making, failing, and making an attempt my finest to remain sane. But [Peacebird] proceed to illegally produce and…try and recreate my merchandise with my title on them with out consent,” Vides wrote.
“I didn’t design/produce any of this. But my signature is on all of it. @Peacebird @Peacebirdmen thinks that [they] can do no matter they need with out repercussions.”
WWD has reached out to Peacebird for remark.
Peacebird Males is without doubt one of the essential trend traces produced by Ningbo Peacebird Style Co, a serious Chinese language clothes maker listed on the Shanghai Inventory Trade. The corporate began out with Peacebird Ladies in 1997 and has since expanded to eight totally different labels. Peacebird Males alone has over 1,500 shops within the nation, in accordance with the agency’s official web site.
Whereas large manufacturers copying concepts from smaller creatives is rampant–social media has given start to a wave of accounts solely devoted to calling out dangerous habits–in lots of these instances, trend mental property violations might be tough to show in courtroom. Nevertheless, on this case Vides’ signature is clearly depicted on the road.
Vides additionally shared what seems to be a screenshot of a dialog with the Peacebird Males official Instagram account.
Vides: “I’ve obtained about 50 images from people, movies, emails and bodily objects with my title on them that you just solid.”
The account replies, “U point out cash. Okay, how a lot do you want”
The artist is understood for his graphic monochromatic model and has labored with large manufacturers like Nike, Fendi, Converse, Ballantine’s whisky and not too long ago confirmed on the Museum of Modern Artwork Chicago.