Perusing eBay a couple weeks ago, I found someone selling many different automotive and motorcycle-branded clocks. Imagine my surprise when I came across an item with the title: Brammo Motorcycle Dirt Bike Logo Wall Clock Sign.
What on Earth? Sure, we know that Brammo has delved into the dirt bike genre:
But those bikes were specially made for a Jackie Chan movie.
When I saw what the guy was selling, I had to have one of my own. Here it is, hanging on my wall, in all of its copyright-flaunting glory:
Actually, I’m not sure if the design was ever properly copyrighted, but it was, nevertheless, familiar to me. It was one of the finalists in the infamous Brammo Logo Design contest, from September 2009. This entry, although it did not win the actual logo contest, was awarded one of the $1000 prizes, and was marked as the “favorite for t-shirt use.” I don’t know if the designer of this logo, a user on the CrowdSpring site who called himself “cre8tiv”, knows about this current use of his design, or if he would care, but it makes for a cool clock for my office.
I just checked the contract that covered this design contest, and it specifies that the design is a “work for hire” under the copyright laws, and that the “buyer” is, not Brammo, but “Crispin, Porter and Bogusky.” CP+B, as I’m sure you Brammo Fans remember, is the agency behind the “Shocking Barack” saga and the home of the interns who were purchased by Brammo in an eBay slave auction.
The partnership between CP+B and Brammo isn’t what one would call “active” right now, but I still have hope that one day they’ll get together for another great campaign like the Shocking Barack trip. Maybe when the Empulse begins production we’ll see another of those trips that increases awareness of EVs, while at the same time, points out the shortcomings of their limited range. I’m starting to get a bit misty eyed over the memories of that trip, so I’ll break here and