Sites like Moteefe allow users to sell shirts with custom designs, but they don't often check for the original source.
Twitter user @Hannahdouken got a bright idea for a little prank. It's a common practice for t-shirt sites to use art from bots that crawl through twitter. The bot-makers find artwork people want on shirts– and then make the art into a shirt, and pocket all of the profits.
Hannah's idea was to call these companies out through their own process–
hey can y'all do me a favor and quote tweet/reply to this with something along the lines of 'I want this on a shirt', thank you pic.twitter.com/UhuGRQgU6b— Nana (@Hannahdouken) December 3, 2019
and by golly, it worked. It actually worked.
I couldn't belive this was a thing so I looked it up, and... wow. pic.twitter.com/TfYTT0JM03— Svarti (@SephWan) December 4, 2019
Other users have been sending through even more dastardly designs, and those worked too.
I LOVE this artwork. Nice drawing, omg!— Nirbion (@Nirbion) December 4, 2019
I need this on a shirt!!! pic.twitter.com/0tfJY0t3xQ
We did it. We achieved something special. Tell your grandchildren that you were THERE when this happened.— Nirbion (@Nirbion) December 4, 2019
Gonna mute this tweet because I'm getting WAY too many notifications, but thank you pic.twitter.com/bkStdwOmve