Did Violent Soho Rip Off A Local Artist’s Work For WACO?
Some keen-eyed folks have noticed a few similarities between a piece local Sydney artist James Jirat Patradoon did 10 years ago and the cover art for WACO, designed by Pedro Oyarbide. Both depict a man with his fist raised and ready to punch someone square in the jaw. You can view Patradoon’s original artwork, “Having Begun I Had To Go On”, here, where he describes it as being part of his Honours year work.
As you can probably guess, these are weighty claims to make, especially given the band have been ones to fight for the little guys and campaign against ticket scalpers in recent weeks.
Violent Soho were quick to address the matter on social media, saying that they first approached Patradoon “over a year ago” in regards to commissioning “this exact piece for an old 7” cover”. “We are in discussions with both artists – James and Pedro – to make sure everyone is happy and our team are going through the usual process of making sure all the rights are properly cleared.” You can read the band’s full statement below.