Skin Industries Under Fire From Veterans

Skin Industries, which produces clothes and designs marketed to teenagers and young adults, has come under criticism from bikers and militar...

Skin Industries, which produces clothes and designs marketed to teenagers and young adults, has come under criticism from bikers and military veterans after unveiling a design based on the POW/MIA emblem:

POW MIA emblemSkin Industries design
POW/MIA EmblemSkin Industries Design


Bikers and veterans across the United States are writing letters to Al Borda, the President of Skin Industries to complain. In response, Borda wrote a letter attempting to explain their position about the use of the POW/MIA emblem. Below are excerpts from his letter:
"...but first let inform you, the "FLAG" and or "Symbol" is not a registered trademark and is not a copyright."

"I'm sorry you feel that the design contained on one of our shirts is offensive. As President of Skin, I can assure you that it was not, and is not, our intention to offend those who have served in the military or members of their family. Skin has thousands of customers on active duty in all branches of our country's armed forces and regularly receives both requests for merchandise and notes of appreciation from those stationed overseas. We have offered a fifty percent discount on merchandise to military personnel and have been supporting our nation's troops long before it was fashionable to do so."

"Support for our troops and our nation's veterans remains extremely important to me on a personal level. Both my father and my stepfather served in the Air Force. My stepfather completed two tours of duty in Korea and three in Vietnam. In fact, the first five years of my life were spent living on military bases overseas."
Well, my father did time in Vietnam, as did my stepfather, and my father-in-law did time in Korea. And just like Mr. Borda, I lived on military bases also. I would never use such an emotional symbol as the POW/MIA emblem, disfigure it into something humorous or sexy, and try to make a buck off of it.

My guess is that Borda doesn't really design clothes and logos anymore. I'm sure he has a staff of people who do this stuff for him. To see him trying to defend this design by citing it as public domain, and then going on to say how sensitive he is about our veterans is bunch of bull shit.

If Borda does have such high regard for our fallen and forgotten servicemen, then he would have instead jumped all over this, and rolled some heads in his company. Instead, he feels that this sexy logo will generate some publicity for him.

Let's see if we can make all that publicity negative!

Here are some e-mail addresses I pulled off of their website:

Information & Customer Service: info@skinindustries.com
Marketing, Foreign Distributors: alborda@skinindustries.com
Wholesale and Dealer sales: nicole@skinindustries.com

Let them know you don't like this new design they created.

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