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The Santa Cruz-Fashionista Scandal - did catwalk designer 'copy' skate classics?

12:39 28th February 2013 by Alex Dick-Read
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At first it seemed there must have been a collaboration between the skate artists Jim Philips (Sr. and Jr.) whose Santa Cruz Skateboards images became iconic sub-cult style in the ’80s, and fashion designer Jeremy Scott, who’s latest catwalk collection is clearly … err … derived from these.
The scandal erupted last week when someone noticed the connection and sent it viral around the internet.
Turns out, according to this letter we got from the president of Santa Cruz Skateboards this morning, the original artists and the skate company didn’t know about Mr. Scott’s collection at all. Uh-oh.

Somewhere, there are lawyers are rubbing their hands together in anticipation of a showdown.

Robert A. Denike, CEO and President, NHS, Inc. / Santa Cruz Skateboards

Hello,

We are having a problem with this person ripping off Phillips and Santa Cruz artwork. Please help us spread the word. You can use the information below.

This is the image that kicked it all off, we did not produce this link or the attached image of it, we are not sure who did produce it:

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We had never heard of Jeremy Scott until it was brought to our attention. This is not a collaboration or under license, nor did we or the Phillips family approve the use of this artwork on his apparel designs in any way.

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.

These two artists and this brand are iconic. Any true fan of skateboarding will tell you how the Phillips artwork style, this brand and the activity of skateboarding has positively influenced their lives. It may just be artwork to Mr. Scott, to be used and thrown away by next season, but these artists and brand mean a lot to many people around the world. And by the looks of the outcry on social media, skateboarders and non-skater’s alike are angry to have two of their most favored artists and one of the original true skateboard brands violated in such a way.

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 judgement.Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 8.25.33 AM

Many people have concluded that Jeremy Scott must have obtained a copy of Jim Phillips Sr. book “The Skateboard Art of Jim Phillips” published in 2007.

There is some obscure art in the book that Jeremy Scott lifted and it could only have come from that book.

Thanks for helping expose this. Let me know if you need anything else.

Robert A. Denike
CEO & President
NHS, Inc.

 

  1. Massimo

    What an existential problem!I thought this was a surfing mag!Now ,with sequester and army veterans taking their own life,you bother to know about the design roots of a wannabe fashion walk???Tabloid-mag then…

    1. Alex Dick-Read

      Hi Massimo
      We usually stay well clear of fashionista stuff but n this case it’s kind of funny because many of who grew up surfing and skating in the ’80s might have a passing interest in these familiar images being appropriated by a cat walk fashion scene … without permission.
      That’s all. Call it nostalgia more than tabloidism.
      Thanks for your opinions anyway!

    2. roman

      Existential…wow…I feel smarter after reading. Nice to know there are people they enjoy teaching us about their profound DICKTION. Lighten up…it’s not a therapy session.

  2. paipojoe

    Copyright exists so you can reap the fruits of your labor. Attorneys suck but copyright infringement is worse. Go get ‘em!!!!

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