Centrelink-rock band VIOLENTLY SOSOVIOLENT SOHO have been called out by social media users for allegedly “ripping off” an original piece from respected Sydney artist James Jirat Patradoon, for their Waco cover art.
The post has since been taken down, which read “Violent Soho how good is it when successful Australian band / their label asks James Jirat Patradoon to use his artwork, then when they didn’t want to pay a reasonable (already discounted) rate – got someone to just completely rip off his work for cheap. “Pay artists what they’re worth – especially when you are fucking artists.” (s a v a g e)
Violent Soho denied the allegations, stating it was ‘never their intention to copy another artist’s work’, and they’re in talks with both Patradoon and Waco artist Pedro Oyarbide to ensure everyone is happy with with the current situation.
Hey guys, today someone made a comment online that our artwork for WACO is similar to an old illustration by respected Sydney artist James Jirat Patradoon. You can see the two artworks side by side below.
To give a bit of context we actually know James and had been in discussions with him about commissioning this exact piece for an old 7” cover over a year ago, before WACO was even recorded. For various reasons we didn’t end up going ahead with that piece.
When it came time to sort the WACO artwork we decided to work with another great illustrator Pedro Oyarbide whose style we also love and who knew the direction we wanted – the letters WACO in Red on a Black background, with an illustration of a guy throwing a punch inside the letters.
We are in discussions with both artists – James and Pedro – to make sure everyone is happy and our team are going through the usual process of making sure all the rights are properly cleared. There’s no bad blood among us and we’re all mates. It was never our intention to copy another artist’s work. We believe in supporting artists and paying them properly – as we always have from day one. We hope to work with James in the future as his work is sweet and we are big fans!!
Big Love, Violent Soho.
As you can see, there is quite a striking similarity; however it’s entirely possible it’s a simple case of Amy Schumer style ‘accidental plagiarism’, evidenced also by disgraced artist Rashidi Barrett works’ from a few years ago that he also ‘accidently’ copied (whoopsy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).
Top: Barrett Bottom: Original artist Adrian Knopik
Whatever the case, we hope the fellas sort it out and get back selling shirts as soon as possible.
Hey guys, today someone made a comment online that our artwork for WACO is similar to an old illustration by respected…