Woof-Tang Clan: A Brooklyn-based dog walking service.
Do images of the storied Wu-Tang Clan arise when someone reads the name Woof-Tang Clan? Probably. Is it a bad thing? If you’re RZA, founding Wu-Tang Clan member, then yeah, it’s a big fucking deal, worthy of bringing a suit against the dog walking service for adopting the rap group’s trademark.
The New York Daily News reported that not only were Woof-Tang Clan using a name that closely tiptoed the rap collective, they were also selling parody t-shirts that incorporated the iconography of deceased member Old Dirty Bastard. Those shirts, when I visited the site this morning, appear to have been removed and are no longer listed for sale. The Daily News contacted Marty Cuatchon, the service’s owner, about the legal issue and he declined to speak until he could consult legal advice.
Now, I’m no legal expert, so who knows if RZA is barking up the wrong tree with this one, or if Woof-Tang Clan will no longer be shepherding dogs who want nothing more than to chase squirrels around Brooklyn. It’s dog-eat-dog out there, man.