Monday, August 4, 2008

WOWCH DEMANDS SATISFACTION





(click on any of these photos for a larger view)

YEAH We've boiling over this one for awhile now. The makers of Pineapple Express ripped off WOWCH bigtime. In 2005 we made 500+ of those Cat-In-A-Shark shirts for Urban Outfitters
that were heavily distributed in their larger markets like LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK. Here it is 3 years later and drug dealer bro in pothead movie supreme is wearing a faded grey tshirt with the exact same concept on the shirt.......only there's a catch. WOWCH DID NOT MAKE IT.

Here's what Mr James Franco had to say in a recent interview with Hollywood.com--

HW: Can you describe your shirt to our readers?
JF:
This is actually a David Gordon Green design. There is a I think it’s supposed to be a Great White shark although it’s a bit shaded so it’s black. There’s a kitten in it that looks serene. It’s almost like it’s sleeping. I think the shark is not eating it, but carrying it to safety. The kitten was left out in the ocean and this shark decided to put it in it’s mouth and carry it to shore.



WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG. That cat's dead dude. Eaten Alive. Franco is crediting the director of the film, David Gordon Green, with designing the shirt. Man how'd Mr Green do that? Oh I see....he faded and darkened the grey, flipped the design, and change the cat from white to yellow. But hey ya know maybe James Franco got it wrong, like about 90% of his career choices since Freaks & Geeks. He kinda lucked out with his reoccurring, albeit cardboard- like performance in the Spiderman movies , cos most of his roles seem like the script landed on his desk after it was turned down by Ryan Gosling, Colin Farrell, That 70s Show cast, Paul Walker, Johnny Knoxville, Shia LaBOOF, Stiffler, and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Does a JUDD APATOW production think they can rip us off? Well according to some lawyers we chatted with, yeah kinda. Regardless, WOWCH is above financial demands and outrageous court costs. Cosmic retribution is heading your way ya funny movie guys and we've only got ONE DEMAND.

GIVE US FREE PASSES AND POPCORN. AND MAYBE A LARGE SODA THAT WE WILL PUT 2 STRAWS IN.

Fair is Fair. I want everyone who reads this to pass it on. Repost it. Link it. Hyperlink it. Evite your co-workers. Read it to the blind. Use the word VIRAL. Lets put the internet to use for once and get me some freebees! Somebody out there has to have a cousin or a pal in the industry that could easily forward this to somebody else that knows Mr Green or Mr Apatow (don't bother sending it to Mr Franco, I don't think he has much pull). I know for a fact that several of my friends claim they're 'down' with Spike Jonze, well prove it dudes cos everyone in Hollywood would listen up if they got an email or a text from him. WOWCH DEMANDS SATISFACTION. WE WANT TO SEE THE MOVIE. Matinee discounts won't cut it this time.

OH BY THE WAY. We're bringing that shirt outta retirement. $25 each.
Wanna buy one????? click here!!!


******UPDATE******
GAWKER picked up on this. Check it out -----> here.



BIGGGGGGER UPDATE

so many people are linked to my one dumb blog post I feel like my updated voice has not been heard so sadly I have to repost my new blog post within my old blog. These are the times we live in.................







OK So apparently the NY DAILY NEWS picked up on our story and confronted Mr Franco yesterday---

"What? That's ridiculous," Franco exclaimed. "We completely created that shirt and that shark. David wanted me to wear a purple Monterey Bay T-shirt with a whale on it. I said I wasn't into the whale shirt, so he came up with his own design, which was the shark."


Pretty quick on your toes Mr Franco, but I gotta admit it's the rest of the article that paints your real picture.........

Girl: You look familiar.

Franco: I dunno. Have we met?

Girl: I saw you on screen an hour ago.

Franco: On the street?

Girl: No! On the movie screen! You were in the movie we just saw!

Girl 2: I loved it. I'm [Name redacted].

Girl: I'm [Name redacted]. It's a pleasure to meet you.

Franco: Hi. I'm James.

Girl 2: Where are you from?

Franco: Well I'm moving here to New York City very soon ...

Publicist (interrupting): You know girls, this is the Daily News right here ...

Daily News: Give me two seconds, and then you can tell him everything that you ever wanted to.

Girl (grinning widely): Like all my favorite sexual positions?

Franco (turns to the Daily News and smirks): I'll borrow your tape recorder for that!


I've got to admit I didn't expect you to be so cunning, Mr Franco. Way to win over the nerd from the Daily News with some poon. I guess if I had submitted my original pic of the shark-cat shirt on a some hot half naked chick then everybody would jump to my defense a lot quicker.

ANYHOOCH

Still no word of my free passes. Plenty of bloggers jumping in on this potboiler though and we appreciate it . Thanks for all the sharp comments too.


OH And as you can see in the above photo the original shark-cat shirt is now avail in that cool dark heather grey all u kids seem to love. buy one here!!!!

also CELEBRITIES.COM posted some serious proof on our behalf....an employee that actually bought the shirt from Urban Outfitters back in the day gladly posing in his original shark/cat WOWCH shirt. check it out!!!!!!

43 comments:

teamy said...

It's not even a good rip off!

Trevor said...

My Theory:
Early on in the Pineapple Express process David Gordon Green or someone close to the process suggested using the WOWCH shark/cat tee in the film.

At some point someone had the great idea that if they re-did the tee, maybe later they can sell the tee at places like Hot Topic. Just a theory of mine, but one that seems to be very plausible.

Lucalias said...

Ahahahaha.

You guys are pathetic.

derrick said...

Congrats on the publicity dudes, mission accomplished I'm sure.

Still you guys come off as douchebags, at least to me. Relax, it's a stupid t-shirt.

robu said...

I'm not buying that shirt for $25. I'd rather buy the potential Hot Topic knock-off for $22 + tax.

gabba said...

I heard there was a war in the middle east... oh never mind let's get back to your t-shirt... the one where you took someone else's shark image and kitten image and did a photoshop slap together.

Let's start a petition so you get justice.

broski said...

So, James Franco was wrong and credited the shirt to the director. BFD. Seems like WOWCH needs to smoke some of that Pineapple Express.

BeTheBuddha said...

It's an infringement on Wowch's rights.

If they had just bought the shirt in a store and used it, that's okay, but they deliberately changed it so they wouldn't have to seek permission to use it!

xSledgewick said...

Awwwwwwww... you guys should stop picking on them. They only have, what? Like three diggs? A picture of a cute kitten snuggling with a reindeer probably beats this shitty story about a fake "rip-off".

This is bulldick. Who would really go through the trouble of ripping your shirt online, putting it on another t-shirt inverted and fading it? Not to mention the Franco version looks to be better quality, so it seems like they redrew it. Dumb cocks who probably only consider themselves designers because they have a t-shirt press.

banana bed said...

In other news, James Franco is gay.

http://gawker.com/5034264/james-franco-nervously-denies-t+shirt-theft

missy said...

when we saw this we had our co-worker wear his original wowch shirt to work...

which is totally cooler than the one franco wears

here's the pic...

http://www.celebrities.com/images/ian.jpg

Monkey with Free Will said...

you guys suck dick anyways...

it was a shitty design in the first place...

stop being little bitches ...

Marshall said...

Can you please explain what damages you suffered as a result of the guy wearing that shirt?

Oh wait, there aren't any. You weren't even selling the shirt.

I think a big dose of STFU is in order.

The fact that you're whining about this is just another example of how copyright law has been taken WAY too far.

Copyright should protect the right of a content creator to have sole control over the reproduction and distribution of said content. Seeing as you're not distributing the shirt, and neither are they, the makers of this film haven't prevented you from making any money at all.


If and when the makers of this film try to sell those shirts, then you have something to complain about. Until then I recommend you GFYS.

Marshall said...

BTW the shirt is gay anyway.

Jay said...

You know what else is interesting... WOWCH ripped the design off from 4Chan... At least Franco had the decency to alter it after he ripped it off.

L.A. Slut said...

You know what's funny? Seth Rogan totally ripped off that suit look from me! I was wearing the exact same one (with the same tie and everything) way back in 2003! And I have pictures of me shopping for some shitty overpriced t-shirts at Urban Outfitters in that suit to prove it! And I used to carry a gun when I was a hooker! That whole movie is bullshit! I demand satisfaction! I will whine and bitch and stomp my feet until people look at me and then I'll whine and bitch and stomp my feet some more! And I totally know somebody who knows Amy Pascal's email address. Pineapple Express? More like Poopapple Exmess! Yeah! Take that, Hollywood assholes!

A Quick Whif said...

Howdy,

First, that shirt design (wowch) is a despicable, pathetic and prosaic attempt at creativity to begin with; as is their entire catalog of clothing...Wowch, you suck. Next, the movie was great, amazing, brilliant. A far cry from this down right joke of a broke Brooklyn dump (web) site, and company. Aformentioned copycat design is so obscure throughout the movie, that demanding justice and compensation for it is outlandish. It makes me sick that anyone would wear a SINGLE thread of Wowch's t-shirts...

Shop rebel8.com, where creativity reign supreme.

I prefer the rip-off over the original, anyhow.

Good day.
Drive-thru, please.

David said...

Good idea bringing the shirt out of retirement. If you weren't being such a whiny bitch I may have actually bought one. Not for $25 though.

randu said...

when i saw the movie i immediately recognized the shirt because I bought one from urban outfitters for my EX boyfriend, christmas 2005. Screw you naysayers....this design is old and it has been ripped off. If you all were graphic designers you'd understand...and be rightfully angry. Their design that has been plaigerised is going to make tons of money when it's sold again at retailers, nothing credited to the original creaters who even came up with the concept of this design. This just goes to show the American way of thinking is definitely dog eat dog, step all over everyone else to make a profit.

Nick Tinsley said...

David Gordon Green's a good guy and a great filmmaker, I'm sure if you contact him he'll sort it out. I bet Franco's confused as to the origin of the shirt, and I'm sure Green's ignorant of the history of the design. The similarities are obvious. Give the guy a call.

Freya said...

Get over yourselves, it's just a t-shirt, and not a very good one at that. Who wants a t-shirt with a dead cat on it? Sick and weird!! At least the cat on the Pineapple Express is smiling. What do you care if it's getting your t-shirt design more attention anyway? You really need to chill the hell out.

Stephen said...

they ought to right you a check or credit you

monkeywithacamera said...

I've had that shirt for years. It's actually my favorite shirt, and anytime I wear it, I always get comments on it. So much I wish I had bought 10 of them when I originally found them. When one of my co-workers saw an early screening of the film, he told me how prominent it was during the film, and it kind of makes me selfishly sad. It's like going to a high school party, and having the popular kid tell your favorite joke to everyone.

jezbel said...

what a bunch of assholes they made the fucking shirt and deserve the credit
your original design is great by the way dont listen to these clown shoes

Quincy Bulin said...

Wow, okay. Leave 'em alone! It's their shirt, they have the right to be mad. If somebody stole your design idea, you'd be pretty pissed too! (Oh, I'm SO putting a link to this on my blog.)

MB said...

Given that the image you created is itself a play on the classic Jaws posters and the many shark t-shirts of the 70s your indignation seems misplaced.

james said...

Yo man. If that guy stole your shirt idea. Then you go over to his house and put your foot down his throat!

Joe said...

Aside from the fact that I think their design looks a little bit better, as I find most of your designs look just like you poorly photoshopped two images together, the similarities are obvious. The design idea was definitely taken from your shirt. I don't think you really have too much to complain about, though. They didn't steal profits or anything, you weren't even selling the shirt anymore. In fact you're probably making more money with all this publicity and the fact that you're selling it again now. Then again, since all the compensation you want is movie tickets, a popcorn, and a soda you do deserve at least that much.

As far as using friends of friends of friends to get in contact with David Gordon Green or ever winning a case like this one...um...good luck is all I can say.

p838von1 said...

My shirt is yellow...i've had it for a couple years and bought it at Urban '. Why is the secodn coming white? wasnt the original yellow? or both? or is mine a faky too?

p838von1 said...
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v.v. said...

jesus fucking christ commenters, chill out...

what is it with people being so ridiculously negative about something that is of absolutely no consequence to you???

wowch is a sick brand run by good peoples who i can imagine posted this in a semi-humorous manner.

fact of the matter is, if wowch created the image, no one else should be taking credit for it. period. its shitty not to have just been like, "yeah, dude! its this shirt by this brand wowch. sick, right?"

these dudes have been doing so well lately, they really should be supportive of smaller brands and just like be good sports and send over some free tickets and a pineapple from harry and david or something.

gollygee, kids, please.

go eat a sundae and cheer up, buttercups.

...the one in the film is a heat transfer. ...they probably just found the image on the internet, reversed the image, printed it on to a transfer, and ironed it on some 50/50 tee from american apparel.

stoopids.

Pete(r) said...

well, where did WOWCH get the shark image? Looks like a copyrighted photograph by Carl Roessler to me...

http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2008/butzen_erik/

Rachael said...

This t-shirt is a total rip off of the Maui and Sons shark logo!

Yea its not exactly the time but shit the whole time i was watching this movie I thought it was awesome that he was wearing and Maui and Sons tshirt ... UNTIL i googled it and nothing came up about Maui and Sons.

I guess since its not the same picture its not the same idea. BUT Maui and Sons defiantly founded the shark logo. May not be this one but damn .... its pretty close!!!!

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thechampion45 said...

that shirt is such a good design!

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profits said...

Wow, hard to call fowl when your site is full of infringements. Did you even get permission from the bigger copyright holders like colt 45 and the estate of Marilyn Monroe which still owns the rights to that image you are using?

wowchy said...

colt 45 hired me to make that shirt. the marilyn image was licensed.

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colt 45 hired me to make that shirt. the marilyn image was licensed.

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