It was shared today on Tumblr that Forever 21 took a piece of art without the artist’s permission and put it on a shirt being sold on their web-site. Again, they did not make any attempt to contact the artist for her permission or to pay her for her work. According to the artist, Kelly Bastow, Forever 21 has since taken the shirt off of their site due to a slew of people sending in complaints.
While this is unfortunate, what’s even more unfortunate is that this is not a rare occurrence. Many companies think they can get away with stealing art and not reaping the repercussions. It’s sad when an artist who creates an amazing piece of work like Kelly did is taken advantage by big name companies, and I for one hope to see less of it happen in the future.