American fashion designer Jeremy Scott came under fire for his A/W13 collection, when legendary Californian skate company Santa Cruz claimed he directly ripped off the company’s designs.

Originally created by artist Jim Phillips, the graphics are considered to be a mainstay of skate culture, the grotesque faces featuring on skate decks around the globe.

The official statement from NHS, Inc., the owners of Santa Cruz Skateboards, reads:

“We had never heard of Jeremy Scott until it was brought to our attention. This is not a collaboration or under license, nor did we or the Phillips family approve the use of this artwork on his apparel designs in any way.

It’s obvious to us, the Phillips family, the fans of Jim Phillips Sr. and Jimbo Phillips, and fans of the brand Santa Cruz Skateboards, as well as many in the global skateboard and skate art community that there is clear and obvious infringement by Mr. Scott. We are discussing this with our legal team to determine our next steps.

These two artists and this brand are iconic. Any true fan of skateboarding will tell you how the Phillips artwork style, this brand and the activity of skateboarding has positively influenced their lives. It may just be artwork to Mr. Scott, to be used and thrown away by next season, but these artists and brand mean a lot to many people around the world. And by the looks of the outcry on social media, skateboarders and non-skater’s alike are angry to have two of their most favored artists and one of the original true skateboard brands violated in such a way.

I hope that Mr. Scott sees that his actions have hurt and affected many people, including the Phillips family, and that he has also severely damaged his own reputation. It is not too late for him to do the right thing, as an artist and creative person, and fix his error in judgement.”

Unauthorised reproductions of an original fashion or furniture design have created a huge industry for the manufacturers of the copied products – but blatant plagiarism of iconic artwork, one representative of a subculture, and sending it down a runway in the name of ‘high fashion’ – surely is nothing short of lunacy!!

Check out the links below & decide for yourself – who in their right mind would so blatantly rip-off the artwork of an icon from anyone, let alone another genre?

Who at Team Scott thought no-one would notice?

santacruzskateboards.com // jimphillips.com // jeremyscott.com

via HUH text in first two paragraphs edited from original content by Jack Lowe

This post was originally published by SNAP March 1st, 2013.