At the end of the day is all about making money, so I see why you would do the whole mickey hands shit... What I don't understand is who is buying them? Why would someone buy a shirt when you know the idea was taken from another brand?
thats a good point...and something that all of the people starting a brand needs to realize....
first...this thing has been done a million times..along with tons of other graphic styles, fonts, colorways, images...everything. if it works in a design....then it just works!
in my experience...80% of consumers are not really into a particular brand ( the history,past lines, who started what,) ..which is really good when it comes to independent lines...opens up the door for everyone in here!
i actually love this...because most consumers come into a store and buy a tee simply because they like it!
you also have the people that come in looking for a particular brand, want to feel connected with the lifestyle of a brand, and will buy whatever they print for the most part.........
Listen....most of the people that buy tees are not hypebeast....think outside of yourself, your friends, your favorite blog, your favorite brand/store!
for example....Sneaktip!...who is buying that?...no one i know...its not featured on hypebeast, not in my favorite streetwear boutique....but if i were to tell you their stockist, and revenue, you would be shocked because they don't fit into your circle of acknowledgement ( you don't like them, so you cant believe that anybody likes them)
be more about your business....once you start your brand...you are on the other side now! stop thinking like a fanboy.