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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Swoosh Debate: Indie Immunity?

Posted by on June 28 at 9:00 AM

Another twist in the ongoing furor over Nike’s appropriation of Minor Threat’s cover art.

When I checked out the story on Pitchfork, I gaped at the Nike/Minor Threat pairing with the requisite indignation, then noticed the ad on the left of the page, for the online T-shirt shop Kung Fu, featuring another nicked album-cover image, this one lifted from The Clash, here tweaked to place modern rock T-shirts on the band members.

Are such things only galling when zillionaire corporations swipe from modest independents? Because on strictly artistic merit, ripping off The Clash (either version) is a far greater steal than ripping off Minor Threat.

Whatever the case, had I not found Kung Fu, I never would’ve found this Sonic Youth totebag.