Australian artist clashes with American rock band over allegedly ‘stolen’ cover art

Australian artist clashes with American rock band over allegedly ‘stolen’ cover art

An Australian graphic artist has taken to social media to voice his frustration over his 2010 artwork being ‘ripped off’ by an American rock band.

Cameron Gray was shocked to discover the cover art for Las Vegas band Escape the Fate’s latest single H8 Myself was almost identical to a work he designed 12 years ago for a Brisbane band.

The striking artwork depicts a man with a cage where his face should be holding up a stick with his face on it which eerily gazes back at him through a void.

Australian graphic artist Cameron Gray (pictured) has taken to social media to voice his frustration over his 2010 artwork being 'ripped off' by an American rock band

Australian graphic artist Cameron Gray (pictured) has taken to social media to voice his frustration over his 2010 artwork being ‘ripped off’ by an American rock band

The Melbourne-based artist was commissioned by Queensland band Dead Letter Circus to create this work for them and recently noticed Escape the Fate’s cover art bore a striking similarity to his design. 

Gray posted photos of the artworks side by side on Instagram and expressed his disappointment over the alleged plagiarism.

He wrote: ‘Disappointed to find out today a large band that I’ve admired for years is ripping off my art, after they approached me to enquire about my album art.’ 

Gray was shocked to discover that the cover art for Las Vegas band Escape the Fate's latest single H8 Myself was almost identical to a work he designed 12 years ago for a Brisbane band

Gray was shocked to discover that the cover art for Las Vegas band Escape the Fate’s latest single H8 Myself was almost identical to a work he designed 12 years ago for a Brisbane band

‘I always keep these things private but this one stings quite a lot as it was artwork I created for Warner Bros and Dead Letter Circus who I have a deep love and respect for since they helped me become who I am today.

 ‘As I’ve gotten older I’ve become sick of protecting peoples s***ty behaviour,’ he added.

TJ Bell, the guitarist for Escape the Fate, was quick to respond and said the issue was due to a ‘miscommunication’ between the band and their artist.

The striking artwork depicts a man with a cage where his face should be holding up a stick with his face on it which eerily gazes back at him through a void

The striking artwork depicts a man with a cage where his face should be holding up a stick with his face on it which eerily gazes back at him through a void

‘Tried to reach out so I could explain. I found this image on Google and sent it to the band and artist to be viewed as a reference ONLY,’ he wrote. 

He added: ‘Plagiarism was never the intention, this is a huge miscommunication on our part. We are sorry this happened! All has been removed.’

Gray told News.com.au he won’t pursue legal action against the band as they are no longer using the artwork to promote their music. 

TJ Bell, the guitarist for hard rock band Escape the Fate (pictured), was quick to respond and said the issue was due to a 'miscommunication' between the band and their artist

TJ Bell, the guitarist for hard rock band Escape the Fate (pictured), was quick to respond and said the issue was due to a ‘miscommunication’ between the band and their artist

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