The Yok ripped off by Bestial Design Studio

This is very unmistakably a copy of The Yoks bearded character.
Sure enough The Yok has drawn this character in various versions whereas bestial design … just once.
They submitted this entry on a Buenos Aires,  Argentina conkurs held by Monoblock: Premio Destapa ’09
There is no credit at all mentioning The Yok

This is the entry presented by Bestial design as theirs

This is one example of the original character. Note especially the hair...

There are a lot more drawings of the same character in different settings and with changing props at

The artists “The Yok” website:

I notified the artist and he told me he would contact them. I haven’t heard back from him, yet. Meanwhile it was ok for him to publish this here.

Another significant piece of information is that Bestial Design is no stranger to this blog:

Horsebites own post:

I now totally believe Bestial Designs “explanation”.

youthoughtwewouldntnotice, again? .com

come on!

Posted by samuel88  |  4 Comments  |  in Advertisement, Design, Fine Art, Print, Web


  1. caslon 12/08/2011 9:47 am

    yes, true, this is indeed a rip off. and Bestial are notorious. But I have trouble mustering up sympathy as when Yok started out he was blatantly ripping off Barry McGee and other well known street artists. Yet this practice is somehow seen as ok these days. (see other examples like kill pixie stealing from Richard Colman – he basically launched his career using Richard’s art)

  2. whocares 06/10/2011 8:37 pm


  3. samuel88 05/12/2011 5:02 am

    Number 4. Definitely #4.
    On second thought…. probably a combination of1, 2, 3 and 4…
    You know, like, “We ripped it off an hippie Estonian commune while we were cleaning out our intern because he wasn’t looking. Seriously, the neighbours guinea pig did it”

  4. bigguns 05/09/2011 11:57 am

    which excuse will Bestial use this time?
    1) Done by an intern – sorry we didn’t know about is
    2) Done by someone who has now left to go an live in a hippy commune in Estonia
    3) The cleaner did it whilst we weren’t looking
    4) We ripped it off

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