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H&M: Against Graffiti & Street Art

We often receive random press releases for all sorts of art-related causes, merchandise, disputes, etc. But I thought this would be one that would be of interest to readers. Personally, I'm a little torn over this. If street art is done illegally and anonymously on another person's property. Who is the owner of the art?

This week, fashion retailer H&M filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in New York, allegedly asking the court to essentially rule that any and all unsanctioned or illegal artwork, such as street art and graffiti, should be devoid of copyright protection and can be used by any brand or corporation, without any payment or even needing the artist's permission. This action taken by H&M is a full out assault on artists' rights and we must raise our voices. This could render millions of murals and important pieces of artwork worldwide completely unprotected and available for corporate use, without any payment or permission needed whatsoever.

We must not allow this company to use our artwork and appropriate our culture to sell their products, for their own financial gains, while at the same time allow them to devalue and delegitimize our artwork, our culture, and everything we work for.

This all began when H&M was caught using REVOK's artwork in an advertising campaign without permission. When REVOK asked them to stop, they responded by threatening him with criminal charges and filed this lawsuit declaring that all artists of unsanctioned artwork should be unprotected and have no rights whatsoever.

More Yummy World….

Yeah...I get it. I'm getting older, and maybe I just don't understand what the kids in the "art scene" consider trendy and hip. But I just don't get Kidrobot's Yummy World. (They did release a new array of plush Yummy World characters, retailing at $5.99 and $14.99 depending on the piece) Throw a pair of eyes and a smile on a bagel and voila! I guess if I were a huge waffle fan, I'd maybe pick up a waffle Yummy World plush...although I'd likely prefer an actual waffle that I could eat and wouldn't tease me with its lack of edibleness. 


Artists Travis Lampe and Travis Louie have created a "card throwing/tile game" called VAMPIRES vs. UNICORNS: Floor War. Released by Yumfactory, the game was constructed by game designer Jim DuBois and Hi-Fructose co-founder Attaboy, based on an original concept by DuBois.

You can draw from your deck of cards to raise the dead, cause a unicorn stampede, and more. It’s up to you to find the best throwing technique to destroy your opponent’s floor tiles, but not all tiles are the same. The game is currently available to purchase from Hi-Fructose for $34.95.

The Hateful Eight Daisy Domergue from Asmus Toys

From Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Asmus Toys is bringing collectors the fugitive Daisy Domergue. Portrayed by Jennifer Jason Leigh, the sixth scale collectible figure is currently available to pre-order. Featuring a super real likeness as seen in the movie, the Daisy figure includes a guitar, specially tailored clothing and accessories.

Sideshow Collectibles currently has the figure available to pre-order for $179.95. It's expected to begin shipping between June and August of 2018.

The Daisy Domergue Sixth Scale Figure features the following:

Pair of relaxed posture gloved hands
Pair of gun holding hands
Pair of relaxed posture hands
Pair of weapon holding hands
Brown leather trench coat
Blue dress
Pair of long boots
Black fur hat
Dark brown high chair
Pair of handcuffs
Asmus display base