Friday, February 22, 2013
Did Odd Future Rip Off Cat Cult?
Followers of M&F will be long familiar with Cat Cult. The graffiti/street art collective gets up all over Los Angeles, from the east side to the west side, and including Fairfax. Which is the stomping grounds of music group/street wear collective Odd Future.
LA Weekly just published a story saying that Tyler the Creator, the frontman of Odd Future, wore what appeared to be a Cat Cult T shirt onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Awards. Although anyone who looks at the t-shirts can see the similarities, and might very well think that it was a Cat Cult piece, however, the shirt Tyler wore was not actually a Cat Cult piece.
Cat Cult sent a Cease-and-Desist letter to Odd Future, which Odd Future ignored, but LA Weekly reports that they did start to modify the designs a bit. Cat Cult would like to press forward with a lawsuit, but the lawyers fees cost too much and are effectively prohibitive to pursue his claim. Even though the cat heads do look similar to each other, a verdict is always uncertain, and some folks might argue that any cat head looks like another cat head.
What do readers think? Did Odd Future steal the cat design from Cat Cult?