The Corporate Theft Of Independent Art

img via eastbayexpress.com - Illustration courtesy of Eddie Colla. Designed by Gillian Dreher

img via eastbayexpress.com – Illustration courtesy of Eddie Colla. Designed by Gillian Dreher

I first came across the art of Eddie Colla when a good friend came back from Oakland with two awesome Occupy slaps in 2012. One was a trippy Guy Fawkes face with the caption ninetyninetoone – the second was an image of a lady with a bandana-covered face and a spray can in her hand with the caption if you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. I had no idea that the artist behind these designs was Eddie Colla until I came across this sickening article about some huge corporations that have stolen the work of independent designers and merchandised it via apparel, prints, and even stickers. As excited as I am to put  a name to these slaps, I’m pretty saddened by the rest of the story.

Read it here: 

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/when-corporations-want-profits-they-dont-ask-for-permission/Content?oid=3804611