Know what's really hard? T-shirt design. Know what's less hard? Theft! At least, that seems to be Forever 21's take, whose latest shovelfull of dirt on the coffin of '90s alternative is an authentic, sweatshop-made reproduction of Kurt Cobain's Flipper t-shirt, which he wore on Saturday Night Live in 1992.
Of course, Cobain made the shirt with a Sharpie, because that's what you do when you're poor and/or alternative. But Forever 21 was offering the same design, for $16.90. Business!
Forever 21 has since yielded and yanked the the item after being on the receiving end of all kinds of internet backlash, but the fact that they thought they could get away with it speaks to their chutzpah and/or lack of fucks given.
I was reminded immediately of Nike's use of Minor Threat's iconic "dude sitting on stairs" album cover and the attendant backlash: corporate America: if you're going to rip off something from a band, be it their cover art or filthy, homemade t-shirt, stop picking bands that hated you and everything you stand for.