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Kanye West accused of copying Life of Pablo jacket

Published 31/03/2016

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A Kanye West-designed Life of Pablo denim jacket has upset San Francisco-based multimedia artist Jim Goldberg.

Rapper Kanye West has been accused of failing to credit the original inspiration for his Life of Pablo jacket.

The 38-year-old unveiled a scribbled-on denim jacket earlier this month (Mar16) at his New York City pop-up store, but San Francisco-based multimedia artist Jim Goldberg believes Kanye could have done more to acknowledge a well-known homeless teen who first created a similar garment in the 1990s.

Jim's 1995 book, Raised by Wolves, features a denim jacket worn by Tweeky Dave, a tragic runaway teen from Los Angeles.

The pair became close friends before Dave's untimely death, and Jim now owns the jacket he used to wear.

Kanye was spotted in a replica version created by Australian designer Pauly Bonomelli at his "zine-less zine party" in Los Angeles back in February, just weeks before his Life of Pablo jackets appeared on sale.

The rapper's clothing item featured his album track listings and the scribbles of family and friends.

"For the jacket to become sold as fashion, it really put me over the edge," Jim told i-D magazine. "The spirit and intention of Kanye could be right, but the manner in which he is presenting it is wrong. All meaning has been lost. (He's) forgetting history. Not acknowledging where that design came from is wrong."

Jim hopes the rapper will pay tribute to his late friend in some way now he has drawn attention to the similarities.

"Ultimately all I would want from them is acknowledgement of Dave, and maybe they give something to homeless kids," he said.

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