Wu-Tang Clan Not Down With Woof-Tang Clan Dog Walking Service
You don’t screw with the Wu–the Wu-Tang Clan, that is! Founding member RZA is suing Woof-Tang Clan dog-walking service for trademark infringement, and he ain’t playin’.
Hip-Hop Stars Wu-Tang Clan spent much of the ’90s laying out their hardcore rap lyrics, telling all the girls they wanted them at their ‘Ice Cream Truck,’ and calling wanna-be gangstas out wherever they found them.
Founding member RZA has found a problem with a Brooklyn-based dog walking service–and Method Man just isn’t down with it, either. The company, called Woof-Tang Clan, sells t-shirts on their website that give homage to the original Clan, and Woof-Tang owner Marty Cuatchon says he’s not exactly sure why RZA (aka Robert Diggs) doesn’t dig the tribute paid.
According to court papers, RZA said that the name and logo that Cuatchon is playing off of has been ‘unmistakably associated’ with the hip-hop group since 1993. He says that Cuatchon’s use is a violation of the trademark registrations already owned by the Wu-Tang Clan, and Cuatchon needs to stop using it immediately.
Cuatchon’s card shows a dog named Bali on a yellow and blue background, much as Wu-Tang member Old Dirty Bastard’s solo debut album did–only using Old Dirty Bastard’s face (RIP ODB). Cuatchon says that he’s a fan, and he now knows that RZA is hot, but wasn’t going to say much more until he had some legal advice.
Saying that as a dog walker, and fan, he thought it was a funny and fitting way to pay tribute to the group, and maintains that he still walks ‘the illest dogs,’ ever.
Woof on with yo’ bad selves, then!