Last year my electric car mug design received some great recognition when Elon Musk tweeted it and declared it to be, “Maybe my favorite mug ever.” In March of 2017, Mr. Musk blatantly copied my farting unicorn graphic and put it in the operating systems of the Tesla automobiles. For the record, I was never contacted by Tesla Motors and they clearly used my artwork without permission. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been speaking to lawyers, journalists and marketing experts about the legality of all this, and it’s very clear that Elon Musk and his car company are using a what’s called a “derivative artwork” of my cartoon. It’s a textbook case copyright infringement. What am I going to do about it? You’ll have to come back to this website at a later date to find out.
In the meantime, I’m using this whole David and Goliath scenario to fire up my creative juices and make some weird pots. The first wave is out of the kiln and for sale in the new, aptly named section of my store, “Here’s where you can buy my farting unicorn pots!” Everybody’s coming up with hashtag movements these days, so mine has the unique moniker: #teslastolemyunicorn. Buying one these items will make you one of the first of what is sure to be a significant and righteous cause. For sale right now we’ve got two versions of the electric car mug (the 2.0 model has a red Tesla in space!) and the “Tesla stole my unicorn” mug, platter and celadon wine sipper. Next week I’m doing a firing that has one of the most insane groups of pots I’ve ever done. Farting unicorns a-go-go, baby!