Did Jeremy Scott Steal Ideas From Skate Artist Jimbo Phillips? We Discuss [VIDEO]

Jeremy Scott AW 2013 and a Jimbo Phillips skate deck

Jeremy Scott AW 2013 and a Jimbo Phillips Robb Roskopp skate deck.
Photo: Getty Images/Jimbo Phillips Graphix

OK, for those people who aren't aware of what's going on in this week's head-on collision between the fashion world and the California skate scene, there is a storm brewing on the internet alleging that Jeremy Scott ripped off beloved artist Jimbo Phillips for his latest season. Jimbo's father, Jim Phillips, is the art director of Santa Cruz Skateboards and has been since 1975. Both of their contributions to the skate and surf art world have been celebrated for decades. Their illustration style is so widely recognized by their fans that those who caught wind of Jeremy Scott's AW 2013 collection of flailing tongues, flying eyeballs, exploding brains, and grimacing brutes were immediately up in arms. I reviewed the Jeremy Scott AW 2013 Collection so refresh your memory before we get all deep up in this.

Jeremy Scott AW 2013 and a Jimbo Phillips skate deck

Jeremy Scott AW 2013 and a Jimbo Phillips Robb Roskopp skate deck.
Photo: Getty Images/Jimbo Phillips Graphix

So, back to the drama, Jimbo took to his Facebook page yesterday and was all, THIS IS CRAZY. As did a number of other artists like Dustin Graham, as well as a SLEW of stupendously vexed others (a great deal of them living in England judging from the colorful invectives) who left indignant comments all over Jeremy's Facebook timeline. It's a full show. As of right now, there's feverish speculation of a lawsuit from the VERY ROUSED rabble but we haven't heard anything official as yet. We talked to Jeremy's longterm publicist this morning and he declined to comment but we will be following this story AND continuing our enthusiastic coverage of Jeremy Scott on MTV Style because we legit love that dude.

Jeremy Scott AW 2013 and a Jimbo Phillips skate deck

Jeremy Scott AW 2013 and a Jimbo Phillips Rob Roskopp skate deck.
Photo: Getty Images/Jimbo Phillips Graphix

ANYWAY, THIS IS ALL FASCINATING AND MERITS FURTHER DISCUSSION BETWEEN SMARTFOLK.

Ergo (SEE, smart already), today I have Julianne Escopedo Shepherd, an incredible writer both for us and Spin, who wrote this article yesterday (for them, not us, *hisssssss) outlining all the events and to talk about her thoughts and feelings. Rounding out the Venn Diagram (I guess, not so much "round" as a boob-shape or something but...) I also have skateboarding and pop culture pundit Rob Brink who is my dear friend and also the host and producer of Weekend Buzz on Tony Hawk's Ride channel to dish on this Google Hangout. Obvi, this is a new format for us so it might be WILD JANKY OR BUGGY so forgive me but I thought it'd be worth it.

We discuss skate vs. fashion, streetwear culture, riffing or sampling vs wholesale theft. We also reminisce about FreshJive and how being inspired by Jimbo Phillips feels different from Jeremy's work with The Simpsons for AW 2012.

Jeremy Scott's <em/>The Simpsons homage

Jeremy Scott's The Simpsons homage.
Photo: Getty Images/The Simpsons

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