Artist Jack Amstrong Contemplating Lawsuit Against Harley Davidson For Allegedly Stealing His Cosmic Clothing Line

Capital Pros Network, a Los Angeles financial consulting and marketing firm, said today it will interview prospective counsel for litigation against Harley-Davidson, Inc. as a result of the company launching a new (2011-2012) women’s “Cosmic” clothing line. Harley’s line includes cosmic mesh jackets, helmets, gloves, “cosmic” women sneakers, and “cosmic” kids sneakers — all of which were proposed by artist Jack Armstrong via his established “Cosmic” brand. Artist Jack Armstrong, named the “last wizard” by Andy Warhol, has been profiled internationally. On Oct 21st, 2010 Mr. Armstrong unveiled his 1.1 million dollar “Cosmic” Harley motorcycle at a celebrity-studded event at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, in Marina del Rey, CA. It was here that the artist alleges he first made public the “Cosmic Harley” concept. Armstrong and CPN tried to resolve the matter amicably. The amount of damages to be sought has not been determined. Another David against Goliath story?

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15 Responses to “Artist Jack Amstrong Contemplating Lawsuit Against Harley Davidson For Allegedly Stealing His Cosmic Clothing Line”


  1. 1 Dylan Sep 25th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Holy Hell that is Ugly! Check out the sponges glued to the gas tank and the headlight!?!?! Looks like a Jackson Pollock rip off! Well after all Warhol was crazy in his last few days. Wizard of Odd maybe.

  2. 2 John White Sep 25th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    This shoudl be interesting.

    John L. White

  3. 3 marianela w. Sep 25th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    First Harley Davidson Sued by Marlon BRANDO Estate for stealing and selling the “Brando” Boot copied from a pair worn by Brando in a film. Looks like Harley likes to litigate and it is a pattern of their corporate culture. Close american factories-shed american workers open in india and china and steal from artists.
    nice company- maybe that is how the ceo earned 6.4 million dollars last year. MW

  4. 4 jsdiamond Sep 26th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    As an artist myself, I know first-hand what it’s like to have my work plagarized. But… I think ol’ Jack is on shaky ground here; his work is too derivative. If I were him I’d keep cashing those $300k checks and enjoying life.

  5. 5 Diana Maarten Sep 26th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    It is appalling when an artist — Jack Armstrong or jsdiamond or any creative artist — has work plagiarized. Having seen Mr. Armstrong’s work, I can tell you that the use of color and texture and the wit in it is not derivative at all. It is marvelous and I hope Harley acts as they should on their own. Failing that, I hope the courts do as they should.

  6. 6 Beatriz Sep 26th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    President OBAMA saved GM! HARLEY-DAVIDSON under CEO WANDELL is cuting THOUSANDS of American Jobs and Closing Factories. NOW Harley steals from American Artist’s Like Armstrong and Brando… why are no politician’s interested in american motorcycle companies leaving for china. Sounds like OBABA needs to save Harley Jobs & Armstrong’s ART-CEO WANDELL and HARLEY are out of touch with american values & concerned only with stock price and six million dollar salarary! B.B.

  7. 7 Smittydog Sep 26th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    HD is a powerhouse good luck with that one.

  8. 8 Brett Sep 27th, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Well did he 1st steal from them y call his “art” the Million Dollar Harley??? I mean, Harley does own the name Harley, so did he have permission to use a Harley have the name Harley in the title of the “art”?

    My guess is in the end, Harley gives him about $1 million to go away.

    Funny when you bring up the CEO. I have a good friend who used to work in an HD dealership. He now does bike work out of his home. Anyway, we were just talking about the CEO’s they now have & how the guys are school people & not bikers. They got their business degree, but know nothing about bikes.

    My buddy says, yeah, the Harley I knew, died 30 years ago. He also still hasn’t gotten over Elton John at the 100th….lol

  9. 9 Ron at Vision Sep 27th, 2011 at 6:23 am

    From only seeing the V-Rod and the jacket I gotta agree with JSD. The effect, tones and overall approach are all as different as you can get. Some people allow success to alter their ego then when they get themselves in the same room as a lawyer all of a sudden everything was their idea.

  10. 10 JA Sep 27th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    25 percent of all Harley-Davidson American Jobs Cut in just 2 Years of The New Harley “CEO Redesign” of a Legendary 109 Year Old American “Iconic” Company. It was AMAZING to create the most expensive “ART”motorcycle ever… with a Harley V-Rod. American Legend’s “Experienced” in my lifetime include the sound and look of Harley Davidson Motorcycle’s. In a world of copies the “ORIGINAL” has always been RARE and Unique-thus highly prized. For myself, the harley beginning’s in 1903 in a bicylce shop in Milwaukee was much like Gauguin and Van Gogh’s humble start as Artist’s.Thru trial, error, passion and “love” of the creation-objects in the right hand’s, become works of art. Harley has “created” work’s of ART for more than a century. American Artist’s and American Company’s should respect the “art” of each. Jack Armstrong

  11. 11 James Croton Sep 27th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Seems to me there is a pattern here that say’s “we don’t give a crap about anything except money”. Faulty bikes, sending jobs overseas, ripping off the Brando estate, ripping of an american artist. Should be renamed “Hardly Davidson”

  12. 12 .357 Magnum Sep 27th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Woah, hey, Jack, you’re lookin’ kinda illiterate there, buddy! What happened, did your publicist go on vacation or something? Maybe get a spokesman to do your blog comments from now on, okay?

    In the “be careful what you wish for” department, remember how these companies (and our whole economy) got into trouble in the first place. Those of you whining about the “American workers,” remember that when unions price American labor above what the market will bear… there won’t be enough revenue to pay everyone. Artists too: be careful how you litigate. If you’re just trying to ride coattails of someone else’s success, you’re going to end up biting the hand that feeds you.

    Remember, all market transactions require a producer/seller AND A BUYER. If either half of that equation gets too pissed off, or the regulations for either half get too onerous, or the litigation risks get too big… the repressed half of that equation will take their bats and balls and go home. If you don’t want to be the repressed party, perhaps you better make sure you’re not doing any repressing either, okay?

  13. 13 ArtLover Sep 27th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Everyone thinks they are an artist until the stick figures they draw do not sell. Armstrong’s work is bold, bright and full of life, so I can see why Harley D would want to latch on to the magic! If Harley Davidson wants to be part of Armstrongs ‘Cosmic Art’ world, fantastic!! Just make sure JA is part of the process as well so the “Cosmic” line truly is amazingly COSMIC!!…..Good Luck JA

  14. 14 A. Temple Sep 28th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I believe this is, sadly, indicative of a shameful pattern in American business — not only H-D business — today. The big corporations believe they can pretty much do what they want. They can fire people, injure people, close plants, send jobs overseas and they can do it with impunity. I don’t know if Harley is the worst offender, but it is surely a prime example of a very bad corporate citizen of our nation.

    Trampling on a creative artist who, just by virtue of his career choice is too often forced to struggle to survive, is wrong on so many levels. A world without art is a sad place, indeed. Companies like Harley and people like those who decide to steal from our creative people must pay for their deeds.

    By firing workers, sending work overseas, setting fire to people and stealing from the Brando estate they’ve already harmed their brand. Their way of stealing and developing Mr. Armstrong’s line as they are trying to do is another step on their path to self-destruction.

  15. 15 Mary Leck Oct 12th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    This is truly a disgrace on the part of Harley Davidson. Anyone who has not seen the work of Mr. Armstrong in person is not in a position to make any critiques. I have and his work is extremely bold alive and vibrant. His canvases, the art used as back drops for dance performances and books are really quite confidently unique.

    The only good thing I can say about Harley Davidson and that is that they have good taste in their choice of who to steal from.

    If Jack Armstrong had creative say over the quality of product that would be coming out of Harley Davidson, I know it would be high. Now, it will probably be more insult and injury to the artist they are ripping off.

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