Saturday, 9 March 2013

Bad News from Italy

This turned up on Instagram today, a follower in Italy pleased with their new T-shirt purchase contacted us from the Roma Moto Days Show.
Even on the screen of a phone it looked familiar. Yes, it's the Adi Gilbert illustration for the Sideburn Dave Aldana night from 2011.

THIS T-SHIRT WAS PRINTED AND SOLD IN ITALY. CAN ANYONE TELL US WHO MADE IT OR GIVE US A FACEBOOK OR WEBSITE LINK TO THEM, PLEASE?

Before you think, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, here's the truth.

We ALWAYS pay the artist for the artwork, not just promise to raise their profile.

In the case of Dave Aldana we also paid towards bringing the legendary racer to the UK in an effort to raise the profile of the UK flat track scene.

When companies rip Sideburn off, they're ripping of two guys who make a magazine in their spare time, because this niche title doesn't pay enough to support us full-time (and never will). So we work on it when the kids go to bed.

This is the third time it's happened in four months.

People are stealing our designs and artists' work and it's pissing us right off. Please help us find these rip-off merchants. G

9 comments:

HZE said...

the good guys will prevail. as always. i'll keep my eyes open.

Mick P said...

Se qualcuno conosce chi sta vendendo questo, perfavore ci faccia sapere. Grazie.

Full Lock or Death!! #29 said...

That's just taking the piss.

mp said...

just curious, did ya ask the instagrm pic poster guy?

Sideburn Magazine said...

MP, of course. He said the stand didn't have a name, and he was already home. G

Stuman714 in Indy said...

That's bad news when that kind of stuff happens. I posted this to my FB page so hopefully the word gets passed that there are some folks out there not on the up and up. Keep up the great work, Gary and crew!

Kirk said...

I hate the 'tribute' argument- we've had shirt and surfboard designs 'borrowed' and it is lame. If you're going to give the original designer his due royalties then fine, but otherwise- you're a thief.

Paolo said...

That's the dark side of Italy. And I suppose that printing fake Coliseum T-shirts wouldn't be a satisfactory payback.

SakeRacer said...

shit... that sucks!

u know, always in italy, at a mall in catania
(and i repeat a big fancy mall, not on an open market)
last summer i discovered some t-shirts with "lupin the 3rd" riding mark "duckman"s famous bmw hardtail bobber (http://108.163.194.210/~dbbpcom/dbbp/cadbikes/cadbike33/cb33_sketch.gif)!!!

and of course, he had no idea!
i personally talked with him!

+

in bucharest this time, in a cheap low-cost-shit store, i found this:http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=196115100441784&set=a.111027035617258.18372.100001298851019&type=3&src=http%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ak-snc6%2F266329_196115100441784_2830585_o.jpg&smallsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ak-snc6%2F283588_196115100441784_2830585_n.jpg&size=960%2C1035

that's "lil sara" and her triumph bobber!!!
again... she had no idea!!

THESE FUCKERS REALLY SUCK!

so guys, next time u see a tee with a familiar pic on it, do like i did... take a pic and share it!
we have to stop them!

cheers!!!