UPDATE: Kanye West Apologizes for Stolen Tony Spackman Designs

The person responsible for presenting them to Kanye has been fired from Yeezy.

By //Fashion

UPDATE: Kanye West has taken to Twitter to explain the story behind the stolen designs. According to ‘Ye, a newly hired employee presented the inspiration to him and claimed it as their own work. That person has since been fired from Yeezy and West himself apologized to Tony Spackman saying he “would like to acknowledge the true creator of this amazing work, Tony Spackman.”

Despite being one of the less-controversial Kanye West tweets in recent weeks, the artist has been criticised for a sketch he recently shared. Describing it as “where a YEEZY study for base layer starts” Kanye posted a series of scientific sketches, adding that he is “so excited about our new design team.”

These images appear to have been stolen from Tony Spackman, an ex-Nike designer currently working at Givenchy. Pointing out what had happened, Spackman stated: “When Kanye rips your 10 year old Nike sketch and claims it” as well as adding that ‘Ye had photoshopped out the date and ripped the image straight from his web site.

Since his return to Twitter, Kanye has addressed the topic of originality stating that “I find myself getting stuck in the idea of originality and letting my ego push me to say things like “this person stole this from me” and the funny thing is it’ll be a reference I took from somewhere.” As it stands, Kanye is yet to respond to Spackman’s criticism.

In other Kanye news, the adidas CEO recently announced that the company hadn’t considered dropping him.

Ever-controversial Kanye is no stranger to digging in the far reaches of the internet for inspiration.  Is Ye just showing his creative process with inspiration images or claiming the work to be his own?  Photoshopping out the title of the sketch in the top left corner is pretty much a dead giveaway lol.  The original by designer @tonyspackman was done in 2005 for a @nike collection called “Living Apparel” which eventually became “Nike React”, a running collection grounded in freedom of movement and human comfort.  Can we just call it Yee?y now? ? • #yeezy #kanyewest #kanye #kimye #theft #inspiration #illustration #design #fashiondesign #sportswear #streetwear #athleisure #nike #streetstyle #running #nikerunning #hypebeast #highsnobiety #snobshots #wiwt #ootd #copycat #knockoff #wtf #dietprada

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