READ BEFORE YOU BUY! Garage Cotton stole Homage t-shirt design, not licensed OSU apparel

You can buy the ORIGINAL Script Ohio design at

For those of you that don’t know about Homage, it’s a Columbus based clothing company that has exploded over the last few years. They make the best t-shirts of all time. They’re soft, comfy, quality, and if you wear one people will definitely ask you where you bought it. I can confirm it!

Their shirts are almost always university or sports themed. They pay homage (get it?) to past sports icons and traditions, and also create new ones (like the Rah Rag). My brother is great friends with the guys who own it and design the shirts. They have worked (and played) super hard to create the brand. And that’s what it is… a BRAND. Their Facebook isn’t completely full of self promotion. There are sports videos, information about sports icons…Homage is a big part of Buckeye culture in Columbus! One of their most popular t-shirt designs is their Script Ohio shirt:

Enter clothing company “Garage Cotton.”They’re taking out ads on Facebook targeting people from Ohio. Guess what shirt they’re using in the ad? YEP, you guessed it… an Script Ohio knock off shirt:

Garage Cotton says they’re a university and sports themed throwback t-shirt company with the softest tees and all original designs. Which is exactly what Homage is. Also, last time I checked, “all original designs” doesn’t include ones you stole from another company, am I correct?

Their designs are all reminiscent of Homage, except shitty. They even photograph their t-shirts the same way for their website! But really, this needs to be said…..that logo. SERIOUSLY. Someone who designed that crap could not come up with great designs like Homage t-shirts.

Example. Here’s an Homage Steelers shirt. Tradition, history, real design….

And here’s a Garage Cotton Steelers t-shirt:

Your honor, I rest my case. Moral of the story is….. even though Garage Cotton will more than likely end up like most t-shirt companies (out of business), they shouldn’t reap rewards for a stolen design while they’re still alive and kicking. I encourage everyone reading this to go to their Facebook page and leave feedback stating you don’t support them ripping off designs from Homage.

UPDATE: On top of that, Garage Cotton is selling unlicensed Ohio State apparel. The Script Ohio logo is licensed by Ohio State, which Homage received and applied for. Which means Garage Cotton will have to stop selling them eventually. Hopefully they get sued or something.

UPDATE 2.0: Thanks to the person that pointed out in the comments section how similar the Garage Cotton Steelers shirt is to a previous design done by Homage last year. JUST SAYIN’. See for yourself. Again, I guess these are all coincidences…

16 responses

  1. An apathetic, half-assed approach to copying a good idea…Even if they made better shirt designs they couldn’t match the passion of the guys at HOMAGE. Bunch of garbage which made it even less of a surprise when I went to their website and it was just a splash page that wasn’t even optimized…garbage, garbage, garbage. Thanks for blogging this.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:38 PM

  2. I agree, it’s sad that people can’t come up with their own ideas. They stole the the entire business model! From the soft American Apparel shirts to the “throwback” sports/university theme…. it’s pathetic.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    • Anonymous

      But doesn’t this happen ALL the time in virtually every industry??

      January 29, 2013 at 8:53 AM

  3. Laughing

    Are you all kidding, because there is one shirt that is similar (ok fine very similar) you think they are ripping homage off. I for one have never heard of homage, second there are thousands of t-shirt sites…do you think by chance in history two people might have made the same shirt? If you can’t deal with competition….don’t. Stick to being unique and forward thinking…not whining about people copying you. Lastly, homage’s Pittsburg shirt has an image of a football stadium that is identical to one I have seen before, but your probably right they probably hand sketched it from scratch, there is no chance they might have copied that image from somewhere else.

    January 5, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    • julie

      I have a Garage cotton tshirt and Id buy alot more..they are fabulous. Ive never even heard of this company…sorry..You cant own the rights to everything..quit worrying about what they do and focus on your own business.

      September 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM

  4. Dear Laughing,

    YOU may not have heard of Homage, but everyone in the tshirt industry has. They’re very popular, all over the country. Garage Clothing has heard of Homage.

    They ripped off Homages ENTIRE BUSINESS MODEL. They have the same tshirt material, the same distressed lettering and faded look, the same “Throwback t-shirts with university and sports” theme. THAT IS WHAT HOMAGE IS. VINTAGE/”THROWBACK” UNIVERSITY AND SPORTS THEMED T-SHIRTS. Then on top of that, they stole the Script Ohio design! It’s a combination of ALL of it.

    To add insult to injury, that is trademarked by OSU was LICENSED to Homage by OSU for apparel. They are no longer issuing apparel licensed which mean Garage Cotton is selling unlicensed apparel which is illegal and will probably get sued. And… to be honest… they deserve it, so I’m not that sad for them.

    January 5, 2011 at 12:52 AM

  5. Rick

    AUTHOR EDIT: Sorry Rick, I’m going to delete your differing opinion because that’s what Garage Cotton does on their Facebook. :)

    January 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM

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  7. Ok the script one looks kinda similar but homage did not create that script logo its an old Ohio logo. So really whats the beef. Also who are you kidding that stealers shirt is not even close to being copied. Oh because they both used steelers colors? The two designs are not at all similar in anyway. I think Beth is just a bit upset that she looks like Zac Efron.

    January 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

  8. Craig, you must’ve missed the “Someone who designed that crap could not come up with great designs like Homage t-shirts.” line, ‘eh?

    I wasn’t saying the Steelers shirt looked similar, I was merely pointing out the fact that the Garage Cotton one looks like shit and the Homage one doesn’t.

    Glad we could clear that up.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:38 PM

  9. payhomage

    while that steelers shirt doesnt display any similarities to that current homage tee…it certainly looks like one that they printed a year ago…

    garagecotton epic fails.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:20 PM

  10. Na I hear you loud and clear. I must have missed that. I still think its not worth the beef. And to say someone ripped off their business model is a stretch. Its a T-Shirt company. Look at the company Mighty Fine they have been printing throwback shirts for way longer then both companies. I just don’t think its worth talking about. And you look like Zac Efron. But he looks like a woman so im not sure if thats a bad thing. My name is Craig.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:30 PM

  11. Christina

    Bethie do a blog about how you look like Zac Efron, he has nice eyelashes!

    January 17, 2011 at 7:52 PM

  12. Tyler

    Ok – I know that I’m over a year late to this conversation, but I couldn’t resist NOT replying. Are you aware how many t-shirt companies are out there??? Do you really think Homage was the very first one to use American Apparel shirts??? These accusations against Garage Cotton are ridiculous! Everyone has their own right to start a business and to sell whatever they are legally able to sell. If Homage didn’t protect their designs, that’s their fault. Also… how do you know that Garage Cotton didn’t get Ohio State’s ok to use the script Ohio?

    Basically, you need to do your research before you blast someone for their business. Check out Brand ’47 and JunkFoodClothing. There are so many companies out there – Homage is successful, kudos to them – that have the EXACT SAME BUSINESS MODEL.

    June 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

  13. Anonymous

    Everything has been done before! Sorry if I just burst your creative bubble, but yea. The “Ohio” t-shirt is a great design. I have nothing to do with boring old Ohio and I want one. Its simple and clean. What’s a shame is the amoutn they want for the actual shirt. Im sorry to say Beth, But im going to burst another bubble. If they tried to sue garage t-shirt whatever they are they probably would not win. If you look at the scripts you can notice differences. Something as small as the “i” having more curviture in the base can be considered a completely different font. The only question I have is: what did ohio do for you to get such loyalty on an overpriced t-shirt?

    January 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

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