Lawsuit Waiting To Happen: Zappos Steals from Artist Erica Simone

Posted by The G on July 29, 2011 under GNN | 15 Comments to Read

Photos by Erica Simone and Zappos (respectively).

Photo of Erica Simone from the exhibit "Nue York: Portrait of a Bare Urban Citizen"

Does anyone fact check anymore?!  The above photo is of Erica Simone from her exhibit “Nue York: Portrait of a Bare Urban Citizen,” which showed in New York in April 2011.  Erica Simone photographed herself in various scenarios that New Yorkers find themselves in on a daily basis, but she added a unique twist – she appeared completely naked in the pictures.  The idea was genius and it’s not a surprise that the exhibit received international media coverage and the photos made a huge splash in the art world.

The idea was so brilliant in fact, that Zappos, the online shoe and apparel shop, decided to blatantly rip off the image and concept for a new ad campaign.  One of the photos is included below.

July 2011 Zappos Ad

I am not a lawyer, but I smell a lawsuit.

What are your thoughts?  To me, this seems like a no-brainer.  Spread the word and boycott Zappos until they right the wrong.  Earlier this year, Urban Outfitters stole a logo from street artist Cali Killa and decided to sell that image on T-shirts and within 48 hours of my readers spreading the word, Urban Outfitters removed the product from their stores and website.

Unfortunately, I have to call on you for your help again, but we cannot let Zappos get away with this!!!  Let’s all contact Zappos CEO Tony Hseih, post this on our favorite social media sites and tweet this link directly to @zappos to express our discontent!  We will be victorious!!!


Erica Simone Takes Nue-York (NSFW)

Posted by The G on April 15, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos of Erica Simone’s photos by G.

Erica Simone

Nue York: Portrait of a Bare Urban Citizen by Erica Simone. Now showing at the Dash Gallery in NYC through April 28, 2011.

Close to a year ago, I discovered the work of photographer Erica Simone.  I had a strong feeling that we’d all be hearing and seeing a lot more from her and I am delighted to report that she did not make a liar out of me.  Erica Simone’s exhibit “Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen,” is now on display at the Dash Gallery in New York and it’s fantastic!  For this body of work, Erica Simone decided to document typical situations that New Yorkers encounter daily but with a twist – being completely naked.  News of the exhibit went viral across the world and Erica Simone was instantly catapulted onto the world stage.

Read more and see some NSFCMP (not safe for closed-minded people) photos after jump.

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Photographer on the Rise: Erica Simone

Posted by The G on June 17, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photo by G.

Erica Simone poses with her photo "Ceremony Boy" at the Art For Haiti Benefit at the Aperture Gallery in New York.

On June 15, 2010, I attended the Art for Haiti benefit at the Aperture Gallery in New York, where artists from all over the world kindly donated their work to raise money for people afflicted by the recent earthquake in Haiti.  One of the photos that struck me the most was “Ceremony Boy” by photographer Erica Simone and as luck would have it, I met the photographer moments after gazing at her wonderful work! Erica Simone has the life we all want by growing up in Paris and moving to New York at age 16 to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Her photos have been seen in National Geographic and the French magazine PHOTO,  she’s won countless awards and her photos have been shown in exhibits in New York, Paris and Berlin! After checking out the photo galleries on her website, I was definitely correct in my assumption that Erica Simone is a photographer on the rise!  I am looking forward to hearing great things about this amazing artist in the not-so-distant future.  Thanks for letting me photograph YOU, Erica!

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