Tyga finds himself in the middle of another trial. This time, the creativity of his sneakers is at the center of the confusion.
Billboard reports that New York-based design studio MSCHF is working with Vans’ legal team to determine if the rapper’s “Wavy Baby” sneakers are illegal knockoffs. MSCHF is the same company responsible for Lil Nas X’s damn shoes.
MSCHF says “Wavy Baby” shoes that look like the original Vans “Old Skool” collection are free speech, and Tyga is protected by the First Amendment.
Tyga says the shoes sold out in 10 minutes.
Megan Bannigan, a member of MSCHF’s legal team, said: “These shoes comment on consumerism, the absurdity of sneakerhead culture,” Bannigan reportedly told the judge. “This was released as an art project. It was not released in competition with Vans.
The judge has not yet rendered his decision at the end of the hearing. However, demands an end to the production of the shoes and that the rapper no longer sell shoes. The MSCHF team confirmed that the shoes were inspired by Vans “Old Skool” sneakers by “the cultural and physical anchor when creating his art.”
MSCHF was sued in 2021 by Nike over Lil Nas X’s controversial Satan shoes.