Last evening clicking around this crazy world wide web we all have learned to love I noticed an image on the sidebar of my screen strikingly similar to a design I was very familiar with. The reason I was familiar with it was because I CREATED IT LAST YEAR. I admit, my Phlyers™ logo isn’t 100% original because it pretty much contains an older Phillies P not really changed much except the angle. But in my defense, I was born and raised in South Philly and lived here my whole life. I grew up going to Phillies and Eagles games at the Vet. Sneaking thermoses full of hot booze into a snowy Eagles game under my coat so that my dad could catch a buzz. Skipping school to sit in the 700 level for a Phillies home opener. I even walked 10 blocks to the Broad & Federal orange line stop with my dad in the blizzard of ’93 to attend a Flyers game only to have to leave in the first period because a spectrum window got blown out by the storm. The point I’m trying to make is that after 28 years of living in Philadelphia I have never once saw a Phillies-Flyers hybrid logo ANYWHERE. Not on a shirt, not on a poster, not on the internet. NOT ANYWHERE. My idea for this design came about last year when my younger brother Adam (who works for the Flyers and has been a life long fan) kept pressuring me to do a bootleg Flyers shirt. After looking at the logo and deciding what I could do with it to make it unique and original, I saw it. “IT” being the “P” in the center of the logo. I also admit after years of seeing the logo thousands of times it never really dawned on me that it was actually a “P” in the logo. After realizing that, it was a no-brainer. So with all that said, I conceptualized, created, and designed this logo on September 27, 2009. And an older post on this site can confirm that. Go ahead, see for yourself: PROOF. The first edition of the Phlyers™ Tee was made using all hand cut stencils and limited to 12 shirts. It has come a long way in the past 8 months. Not only did this “FRAUD” decide to steal my Phlyers™ logo he thought it would be a good idea to also do a version of the shirt with a shamrock in the center of the “P” which I’m sure the idea struck him after seeing it, um….., I don’t know……, maybe? HERE!
Sure, sometimes inspiration can be hard to come by. Especially when you’re looking for it. But I believe that the absolute lowest thing you can do is to steal and copy something someone else is doing. I mean, if you’re really that desperate than you should probably concentrate your efforts and energy into using your own brain to come up with something that no one else has. I’ve come to learn that some people rely solely on other peoples successes to promote their own endeavors, and it’s really a sad occurrence. I really wish people would bring back the term “Poser” I loved saying that shit.
Alright. If you stuck with me this long and read this whole post and agree that the above images are blatant rip-offs of Broad Street Bootlegs™ lets see what happens when a bunch of us email these “Frauds” and let them know that “Stealing” peoples ideas and designs is in fact a great form of flattery but also a great way of showing that you are a unoriginal, uncreative, theif. These blatant rip-offs are property of:
And the owners are:
Andre Revnell : Dead Wrong Clothing Owner :
Tiffany Thornton : Dead Wrong Clothing Co-Owner :
Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that their shirt are all iron on decals too. Get Real!
I want to end this post with a picture of myself wearing a hand painted jacket from a local, original, and very talented artist. Herman Carter. I’ve heard him call his work “Corporation Disruption”. Herman and I have a lot in common considering he takes common recognizable brands and logos and re-works them to be an original piece of art. Don’t try to e-mail Herman or look for a phone number because they don’t exist. He’s homeless. But he wouldn’t tell you that. He’d say “Residentially Challenged”
“Kill-All Frauds and Fakes. You ain’t no gangster. They’re Faaaaaake!”