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Mixed up pop culture / Disney t-shirt designs – Are you sitting at home, inspired to create a Frozen design, but feeling limited by copyright rules? Well, you might be elated (or gassy?) to know that almost every day Tee Fury puts out a t-shirt design that gets awfully close to receiving a cease and desist letter from companies like Disney.

So, how do they get away with it? Actually, they’ve been stepping on people’s toes for years, including those of Mike Mignola, creator of the Hellboy comic. Their biggest advantage might be that each t-shirt is on sale for only 24 hours. By the time a lawyer looks at it to even consider a cease and desist, it’s probably not for sale anymore.

The other factor is that Tee Fury sells the designs of independent artists, meaning that any potential lawsuit might be deflected to a graphic designer who probably has more student loans than assets. A number of their designers also don’t like in the U.S., further complicating any potential lawsuit.

Anyway, with Disney’s Frozen grossing over a billion dollars in theaters, it’s creating it’s own mini-economy, with companies like Tee Fury cashing in on unlicensed “Frozen-inspired” merchandise. (Heck, I’m going to mention Frozen a few more times, just hoping that it gets me more page views! Frozen, Frozen, Frozen!)

Consider that Disney does more than it’s own share of borrowing; a few recent examples being the movie Frozen based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson, and Tangled based on Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.

Should we feel bad that Disney isn’t getting their share on these t-shirts, or should they just let it go? Let me know!

*Update – The insane thing is that I just noticed a few of these Elsa / Frozen t-shirts selling for as much as $40 on eBay!


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cat on motorcycle t-shirtCat on a motorcycle – Purrfect Roadtrip: I came across this t-shirt on Threadless (designed by Nicholas Tankersley) recently, and it struck a chord with me. The idea of a cat-owning biker is funny, but on some level it really makes sense to me. I immediately make a connection between the motorcycle and the cat, and that is “independence.”

I have an uncle who has been riding Harleys his whole life, and has always been a huge cat person. He never wanted kids, and hasn’t been able to keep a job, although he’s got a brilliant mind. (He can take apart a car or helicopter’s engine and completely reassemble it from memory) It probably wasn’t until I saw this t-shirt that I made the connection between motorcycles and cats.

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Think about it; cat owners don’t need the reassuring co-dependence that having dogs offer. They don’t stare out the window longingly when you leave the house, and don’t greet you at the door by jumping up and down and licking you when you leave for 10 minutes. Cats certainly enjoy the occasional tummy rub, or back scratch, but at the end of the day, they enjoy their independence. In fact, the cat that I had growing up would spend most of its time outdoors terrorizing birds and sitting in trees, and really just needed us for meals.

I’m not saying that cat owners are somehow morally superior, but I think, like bikers, they’re likely to crave some degree of independence. Back to the design; The retro Harley motorcycle makes it timeless. (Depicting one of those Japanese crotch-rockets wouldn’t work here) Nice use of color, (or, lack thereof) all black with a splash of red on the cat’s bandana, maybe representing that streak of independence I was talking about? Thoughts?

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3 Funny Communist T-Shirts: Why Is Communism a Joke?

January 24, 2014 funny t-shirts
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Funny Communist T-Shirts: Why is it that Communist t-shirts are so funny? I guess I could answer my own question here. Probably because you’re taking something so strict, and orderly, and making a joke of it. Communism takes itself really seriously, which often leads directly to parody, (Just ask Chuck Norris or David Hasselhoff) and […]

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Tipsy Elves: Selling Ugly Christmas Sweaters

December 18, 2013 funny t-shirts
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Tipsy Elves Ugly Christmas Sweaters: I always like to see t-shirt / apparel companies on Shark Tank, and last week they featured Tipsy Elves; a company that sells new, ugly Christmas Sweaters for about $60 each. I’m actually a bigger fan of a couple of the accessories that they sell, including a cool Santa beard […]

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Funkalicious: Retro 80′s Astronaut w/ Boom Box T-Shirt Design

October 25, 2013 retro t-shirts
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Funkalicious – Threadless churns out its share of cool retro-inspired t-shirts, but this has to be one of the best, and is sure to take it’s place as an iconic design. For those of us who grew up in the 80′s it immediately brings to mind that old MTV clip with the astronaut jumping on […]

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Designer Creates Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall Shirts to Get Attention

September 13, 2013 News
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Xanax, Adderall, Vicodin Shirts give attention-starved designer some attention – So, this line of t-shirts featuring the names of often-abused prescription drugs is creating controversy. Oh, look… another “artist” from L.A. is doing something crazy to get attention! Yawn… This is the “Miley Cyrus” school of getting attention by any means necessary, and I guess […]

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NFL Linebacker Wears Funny Harvard Law T-Shirt

September 9, 2013 funny t-shirts
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New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was wearing a pretty funny, “HARVARD LAW – just kidding” t-shirt after the game yesterday. Those ivy league shirts can be a bit pretentious, so seeing a big, mean dude like Brandon wearing a spoof of them is pretty funny. (By the way, don’t accuse Harvard Law of being […]

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Clash of The Titans – Retro Tourist T-Shirt

August 28, 2013 funny t-shirts
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Coast of the Titans: Visit Joppa: Here’s a pretty sweet design inspired by the original Clash of the Titans movie. Starting with one of those tropical shirts that tourists wear, designer Hillary White made something pretty cool by incorporating Titans imagery including the bad-ass Kraken, and Pegasus; changing the tropical location to Queen Cassiopeia’s city […]

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