I recently stumbled upon a nice photo of a whole bunch of people, all in Team Fatty kit. Check it out:
Say, that’s a good-sized group of people wearing the Fat Cyclist jersey! Awesome.
But…hey. Waitasec. Upon closer inspection, I’m not sure those people are part of Team Fatty! And, is it possible that those aren’t Team Fatty jerseys? Let’s take a closer look at a couple of those people:
Yeah, something weird is going on here. For one thing, instead of “FatCyclist.com” over the left breast, those jerseys say “Hincapie.” Even weirder, that’s definitely not the distinctive Rearing Clydesdale inside the orange circle. But otherwise, it looks a lot like my jersey. You know, the one that looks like this:
Collar’s the same, sleeves are the same, stripes are the same, colors are the same.
It’s eerie. Almost as if someone has taken the hard work that Twin Six does, along with the meaning that my blog gives to this look, and took it, without permission.
But you know, maybe I’m not being fair. Probably that jersey only looks the same as mine from the front. I’ll bet the design from the rear is totally different. For example, here’s what the back of my 2010 jersey looks like:
And here’s theirs:
See? Totally different, as long as by “totally different” you mean “swap out the horse for a sketch of people riding a tandem, swap out the text for other text, and swap out the URL for your own URL.”
Ah, so it looks like the folks at pedalingforparkinsons.org stole my jersey design. And by “stole,” I mean “Took it without asking, nor ever made any acknowledgement to me or Twin Six of what they were doing.”
Honestly, it’s incredibly inspirational to see the work Twin Six did for me so “faithfully replicated,” and to know that it’s totally cool to, you know, just kinda take stuff. Without asking. Because I’ve been thinking of branching my product line out a bit, and this really simplifies the design work and permissions process. For example, I think you’ll all really like the coffee I’ll be selling:
And my very own line of automobiles:
And I’m going to be having a Pro Cycling Team!
Congratulations, by the way, to my team for taking first and second in my new race, the Fat Cyclist Tour of California.
Of course, you’ll be able to buy all this merchandise at the new Fat Cyclist / Target Store:
I’ll bet that’s a really awesome place to buy a nice, cold drink:
PS: Good luck at RAGBRAI 2011, Bizarro World Team Fatty!