Apparently you can tell Lil Nas X something, at least when it comes to his “Satan Shoes.”
U.S. District Court Judge Eric Komitee granted Nike a temporary restraining order on Wednesday.
It is meant to stop American art collective MSCHF Product Studio from selling “Satan Shoes” that use Nike Air Max 97 as a base, according to court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
The controversial shoes were a collaboration with the 21-year-old rapper, which MSCHF and Lil Nas X promoted on Monday, March 29, via social media.
MSCHF modified the shoes with prints that read “1/666” and “Luke 10:18” along with a gold pentagram and a liquid-swishing sole that reportedly contains a single drop of human blood. The company quickly sold out of the 666 pairs it made for $1,018 each.
Nike filed a four-part complaint against MSCHF on Monday, including trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition, trademark dilution and common law trademark infringement and unfair competition. Lil Nas X is not named a defendant in the lawsuit, according to documents uploaded by The Fashion Law.
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In a statement sent to Fox News on Thursday, MSCHF asserted the Satan Shoes were created as an artistic commentary much like the holy water-filled Jesus Shoes it debuted in 2019.
“Over a year ago we released the Jesus Shoes. As a manifested speculative artwork Jesus Shoes conflates celebrity collab culture and brand worship with religious worship into a limited edition line of art objects,” MSCHF’s statement reads. “Last week’s release of the Satan Shoes, in collaboration with Lil Nas X, was no different. Satan Shoes started a conversation, while also living natively in its space. It is art created for people to observe, speculate on, purchase, and own. Heresy only exists in relation to doctrine: who is Nike to censor one but not the other?”
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Source: Fox News