Tuesday, June 28, 2005

NIKE: WE THOUGHT PINCHING ARTWORK WOULD BE FLATTERING

Nike have issued a statement responding to the complaints that they'd pinched Minor Threat's artwork:

Nike Skateboarding sincerely apologizes for the creation of a tour poster inspired by Minor Threat's album cover. Despite rumors being circulated, Wieden & Kennedy and Odopod had nothing to do with the creation of this tour poster and should not be held accountable. To set the record straight, Nike Skateboarding's "Major Threat" Tour poster was designed, executed and promoted by skateboarders, for skateboarders. All of the Nike employees responsible for the creation of the tour flyer are fans of both Minor Threat and Dischord records and have nothing but respect for both.

Minor Threat's music and iconographic album cover have been an inspiration to countless skateboarders since the album came out in 1984. And for the members of the Nike Skateboarding staff, this is no different. Because of the album's strong imagery and because our East Coast tour ends in Washington DC, we felt that it was a perfect fit. This was a poor judgment call and should not have been executed without consulting Minor Threat and Dischord Records.

We apologize for any problems this may have caused, and want to make very clear that we have no relationship with the members of Minor Threat, Dischord Records and they have not endorsed our products.

Every effort has been made to remove and dispose of all flyers (both print and digital). Again, Nike Skateboarding sincerely apologizes to Minor Threat and Dischord Records.


Oh, we can imagine that the Skateboarding Department was in tears when they thought they'd been caught ("upset Minor Threat.") We notice that Nike are keen to draw a line under this pillfering - we wonder if they'd be so keen to say "let's be done now" if someone else was making shoes with the swoosh on them...


1 comment:

Eric2 said...

That's pretty much what I emailed them.
"Oh so theft of intellectual property is ok now, great I'm going to purchase some black mkt swooshies right now."
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