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The Day the T-Shirt Died: Hells Angels Sue Silver Lake Clothing Company
Apparently, motorcycle gangs don't like it when their names are appropriated to sell cutesy t-shirts to hipster girls. Weird, huh? But it's true. According to CBS News, the Hells Angels motorcycle gang is suing Silver Lake-based clothing company Wildfox Couture over a t-shirt made by the company that reads: "My Boyfriend's A Hells Angel."
The lawsuit alleges copyright infringement:
Wildfox Couture is accused of "exploiting the fame" of the renowned motorcycle gang, according to attorney Fritz Clapp...."Even the club itself does not put 'Hells Angels' on shirts they sell to the general public," said Clapp.
Clapp goes on to say that the goal of the suit is to have the shirts taken off the market altogether.
Frankly, we don't see what the big deal is. After all, judging by a description of Wildfox on the company's website, their worldview lines right up with the Hells Angels, a group whose name, for some, is synonymous with violence and rage:
Childhood friends Emily Faulstich and Kimberley Gordon are the creative force behind Wildfox. Inspired by sleepovers, beautiful books, fairies, dreams, vintage t-shirts and their friendship, the young designers gave birth to a brand based on love and having fun!
You can't make this shit up.