( Edit: He FB messaged me the following AFTER I wrote the body of this post. )
I know I don’t own Back to the Future parodies, or Breaking Bad parodies, or mash-ups - and my own piece was a (rather obvious) homage to Drew Struzan, a poster artist whom I greatly admire… but I credited him as my inspiration from the start, and I didn’t simply copy his image, I put my own spin on it. It was my idea to make THIS homage. I hunted high and low for anyone who had executed a similar mash-up in the past before I started work on it. A few people had done Breaking Bad/BttF mash-ups, but as far as I could tell, no one had done it this way before me.
The day after I posted my initial rough sketch, Jamie R. Stone (AKA: Punksthetic) rushed his own into production, posting progress images in the same manner I had (something that doesn’t appear to be part of his regular practice). He finished his the day after I finished mine, and promptly started selling it on Redbubble.
The problem here is that Jamie making money from my idea really does effect me. It potentially affects my sales, because people who see his first may buy it, or they may choose his over mine. It’s already hard enough to make money out of art without competing with the people who are stealing your ideas. That’s why yesterday I posted this sardonic open-letter to Redbubble (written in the style of Walter White), pleading with them to remove a knock-off of my own work from their website. They did. I’m happy for that. I’ve put up t-shirts of my own work there now for people to buy if they’re interested.
However, unfortunately, I’m still dealing with this problem, because the plagiarist (Jamie R. Stone, AKA; Punksthetic) has not guaranteed that he will remove his version from sale elsewhere.
Yesterday we had a long argument on his Facebook Fan-Page, (during which he had the audacity to ask me for a share of my own profits) where many decent people defended me - and one of his friends attempted to defend him. The only real defense was essentially; ‘Jamie isn’t a plagiarist, he’s a nice guy!’ Eventually, they gave up, deleted all negative comments about them, and Jamie’s friend posted something insinuating that we had arrived at some sort of a mutual agreement.
We had not. Neither Jamie, nor his solitary supporter have made themselves available for comment. To reiterate, they have told people we have come to an agreement and blocked me from telling people that this isn’t true.
I’m asking anybody out there who sees this and disagrees with stealing other people’s concepts, to contact Jamie via his Facebook, his Facebook fan-page, or his Tumblr and ask him to please take his shameless copy down and cease attempting to sell it.
And please, if you see him selling this piece elsewhere on the internet, let me know.
Thanks for your time, love you guys.
EDIT: Since I first posted this, he has admitted to stealing my idea and threatened me:
So it doesn’t seem like he’s backing down. I do appreciate all of your attempts to get through to him though, especially those of you posting on his fan-page about the theft.
I’ve been talking to other artist who have brought to light other knock-offs he has made. This guy is a regular crook, making a living out of stealing concepts from better artists and selling inferior work on t-shirt sites.
Jamie’s Knock-Off: http://www.redbubble.com/people/punksthetic/works/10802795-bone-to-lead-leonardo
Please, make a note of this man’s name and do not buy from him. Tell your friends not to buy from him. Share this post around as much as possible and let people know that he isn’t worth their money.
P.S: Below is a long transcript of deleted content from Jamie’s FB fanpage with much proof and very telling behaviour on his side.
THE FACEBOOK TRANSCRIPT:
Art theft is a horrible and caustic situation to be in, not only does it damage yourself but it damages the community around you too. Don’t be a plagiarist.