SHANGHAI–LA-based artist Joshua Vides, identified for his distinct black and white marker sketches, has taken to social media to blast Chinese model Peacebird Men for what he mentioned is a fraudulent collaboration.
On Friday, Vides complained to his 179,000 followers on Instagram that Chinese style model, Peacebird Men, 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 emblem, his identify, and the cartoon Rick and Morty. The video depicts a cartoon determine that indicators the identify “Joshua Vides”.
“I’ve worked so…hard to get to where I am today. Years of creating, failing, and trying my best to stay sane. Yet [Peacebird] continue to illegally produce and…attempt to recreate my products with my name on them without consent,” Vides wrote.
“I didn’t design/produce any of this. Yet my signature is on all of it. @Peacebird @Peacebirdmen thinks that [they] can do whatever they want without repercussions.”
Peacebird Men addressed the problem on their official Weibo, disputing Vides’ account. The model acknowledged that the 2 sides had an settlement and had paid the artist.
“We and Mr. Joshua had a clear working contract. After Mr. Joshua finished the content for us, he suddenly asked for an amount that far exceeded the original agreement. Further, [he] again and again asked for extra expenses.”
The model confirmed that the dialog between its Instagram account and Vides is actual however mentioned it was taken out of context.
Peacebird Men is without doubt one of the major style strains produced by Ningbo Peacebird Fashion Co, a serious Chinese clothes maker listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The firm began out with Peacebird Women in 1997 and has since expanded to eight totally different labels. Peacebird Men alone has over 1,500 shops within the nation, in response to the agency’s official web site.
While large manufacturers copying concepts from smaller creatives is rampant–social media has given delivery to a wave of accounts solely devoted to calling out unhealthy habits–in lots of these circumstances, style mental property violations could be tough to show in courtroom. However, 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 Men official Instagram account.
Vides: “I’ve got about 50 photos from individuals, videos, emails and physical items with my name on them that you forged.”
The account replies, “U mention money. Ok, how much do you need”
The artist is understood for his graphic monochromatic model and has labored with large manufacturers like Nike, Fendi, Converse, Ballantine’s whisky and lately confirmed on the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.