Friday, October 29, 2010

In case you missed it #2: Hell's Angels

There is a 1991 movie called Suburban Commando, starring Hulk Hogan and Christopher Lloyd. In it Hogan plays an interstellar warrior who crashlands his spacecraft on Earth and who stays with Shep Ramsey, played by Christopher Lloyd (Doc in Back to the Future) and his family. The film was originally titled Urban Commando and was intended for Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger but they elected to make Twins instead.

There is a scene in the movie where Christopher Lloyd scrapes one of the bikes of the biker gang living next door. Appearing mean and menacing in their biker colours, they gather to look at the damage. The following exchange takes place:

Gangleader: Do you have any idea what we are gonna do to you? If we find any kind of scratch?
Shep Ramsey: Lemme guess. Your gonna pound my face.
Gangleader: What are you nuts? This is the '90s. We're gonna sue you.

I was put in mind of this yesterday when I read the following newspaper item:
Hells Angels sue Alexander McQueen over winged death head trademark

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation is suing Alexander McQueen for breach of trademark, after the fashion house featured motifs similar to its famous winged death head (pictured above). Lawyers for the motorcycle gang cited four products from the late designer's final collection, created shortly before his suicide in February this year. They named the £895 'Hells Angels' jacquard box dress, and a £300 knuckle-duster ring in the complaint, as well as a scarf and a handbag. It is also suing U.S. department store Saks Fifth Avenue and e-tailer for selling the products. The complaint argues that the symbol has been used by the Hells Angels since at least 1948, and that it is protected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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