Shoe Throwing Copyright Thieves!

December 30th, 2008 | Posted in News

I’ve seen my artwork stolen off the internet and used as samples for dozens of live caricaturists all around the world. I’ve seen it put on postage stamps from South American and former U.S.S.R. countries and sold in sets on eBay. I’ve seen it being used on many websites and being sold as prints online. I’ve even seen a caricature I did of Jesse Ventura tattooed on somebody’s shoulder. This one might top them all:

Step right up and win a teddy bear!

Yep… looks familiar.

The above shoe throwing extravaganzas took place near the University of Tehran and the U.S. Embassy in Iran on the 26th of December and featured as targets prints of caricatures of President Bush by myself and fellow NCN member Court Jones. You can see a whole gaggle of pictures of the scene and read about it here. There is also a news story on CNN about it here (which features a picture of Court’s poster). I guess it made some network newscasts.

According to the story, at the end the caricatures were grabbed and torn to pieces by angry people… sounds like your average day drawing caricatures at Six Flags to me.

Tip o’the hat to the National Caricaturist Network‘s forum and Brian Vasilik for the heads up.


  1. Michael Garisek says:

    What’s interesting is it looks likes they favor your full color painted pieces over your ink and color pieces (or maybe not).

  2. Arun says:

    Quite an honor eh?! 😉
    heh, jokes apart it goes to show how famous you are all over the world ! 🙂

    PS: Wishing you a very happy New Year, Tom !
    I’ve learnt quite a lot from your tutorials and I hope you give us more gems in the coming months 🙂


  3. Zieglar says:

    Those people felt really strong about your copyright being violated…


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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