If you release a shirt with a logo and color scheme easily recognizable by pop-punk fans, then you better prepare to be noticed by State Champs. A few fans have taken to Twitter to share an H&M design that they believe may have gone over the line, leading some to believe the retailer had started selling Champs merch.
Need some living proof? Check out the tweets below!
The H&M shirt features that familiar gold and black color scheme with a logo you could recognize with your eyes closed.
However, instead of using the words “STATE CHAMPS,” the retailer has “State World Citizen” written across the globe logo.
State World Citizens of what?
— State Champs (@State_Champs) July 10, 2019
Fans were quickly elevated by this great mistake, believing H&M to be downright criminal in their not-so-subtle design.
Damn this is a straight copy @hm
— Matty Woo ☕️ (@mattferraro) July 11, 2019
STATE WORLD CITIZEN. I don’t even get it lol
— Best Ex 💔 (@CandyHeartsBand) July 11, 2019
H&M: Honest Mistake
— TJ Russell (@tj_russell) July 10, 2019
is this u announcing ur forming a supergroup with jimmy eat world and citizen
— sam ross♂ (@samrossvolante) July 10, 2019
they stole from so many bands before it’s gross
— 𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐨𝐮 (@irishcrtains) July 10, 2019
I love their song Slighty Lifted
— B R A N D O N (@brandonhavranek) July 10, 2019
H&M is gonna be Dead and Gone if they don’t stop stealing merch designs
— kristina🌳 (@its_kristina27) July 10, 2019
Omg that’s so bad wtf I would’ve thought it was their merch straight away
— lasnos (@5adluc3) July 10, 2019
— CaptainKirkSparrow (@J_Mothershed) July 10, 2019
And apparently, the design has made its way around the world and back.
Can confirm, saw this in The Netherlands too!
— Yarnick 🍕🎵 (@Yarnick_182) July 11, 2019
Trophy Eyes didn’t stick to the sidelines in this debate either, sharing a photo of the shirt with “Yo @hm, I fucking love this band!”
— Trophy Eyes (@trophyeyesmusic) July 13, 2019
One fan offered a quick remedy to the matter.
Should we as fans just tape a piece of paper on the rack saying “Ripped off from State Champs, go listen to them on Apple Music or Sportify!” 😂 that way they make some money off of it 🤷🏼♀️
— Hayley Spafford (@hayleyspafford_) July 10, 2019
For the record, you can purchase actual State Champs merch at Sad Summer Festival. They’ll also be selling sling bags with 100% of the proceeds going towards a crew member’s father who was diagnosed with an uncommon form of bone marrow cancer.
You can snag the logo bag for a minimum of $5 donation.
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For the remainder of tour we will have SC branded sling bags available at merch – 100% proceeds going towards the medical bills of our good friend and crew member’s father who has been diagnosed with Myelofibrosis: an uncommon form of bone marrow cancer. Jake Willard is one of the most selfless people and we are doing our part to give back to his dad, Steven. $5 minimum donation. Thank you all so much.
You can check out a full list of dates below and pick up the tickets for Sad Summer Festival here.
07/13 –Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at The Mann Center @
07/14 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Outdoors ^
07/16 – New York, NY @ Pier 17
07/17 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage *?
07/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ StageAE !
07/20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Outdoor !
07/21 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Festival Grounds in *$
07/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom =
07/24 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom =
07/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth Live =
07/27 – Denver, CO @ Sculpture Park *+
08/03 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove Outdoors *
* without The Wonder Years (Dallas, Houston, Asbury Park, Pontiac, Denver & Anaheim)
$ Every Avenue & Shortly (Pontiac)
^ Four Year Strong (Worcester)
% Set It Off (Orlando)
# Forever The Sickest Kids & Oh, Weatherly (Dallas, Houston)
+ Emo Nite (Denver)
~ World’s Greatest Dad (Night 1: Atlanta)
@ Worriers (Philadelphia)
= Ashland (Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis)
! Jetty Bones (Pittsburgh, Columbus)
? Grayscale (Asbury Park)
Do you think the H&M shirt looks a little too similar to State Champs merch? Sound off your thoughts in the comments below!