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Art February, 23 2013

Santa Cruz Skateboards Confirms that Jim Phillips Was Plagiarized by Jeremy Scott

Last week we reported about the scandal surrounding fashion designer Jeremy Scott and his use of the artwork of iconic artist Jim Phillips in his Fall/Winter 2013 Collection. At the time we had reached out to Jimbo Phillips as well as Santa Cruz Skateboards for official statements.

Today we have received the official statement from NHS, Inc. (the owner of Santa Cruz Skateboards) concerning the matter and unfortunately it is really clear at this point that this is an obvious case of infringement. Read the full statement here below.

Robert A. Denike, CEO and President, NHS, Inc./Santa Cruz Skateboards: “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.”

Furthermore they found out the following: “Talking to Jim Phillips Sr. and Jimbo Phillips, they have concluded that Jeremy Scott obtained a copy of Jim Phillips Sr. book “The Skateboard Art of Jim Phillips” published in 2007. There is some obscure art in the book that Jeremy Scott lifted and it could only have come from that book.” The book is pictured above.

At this point it would of course be very interesting to here back from Jeremy Scott about the matter. We will keep you posted.

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