Message to Hawkeye Heaven Fans and Followers

Story by Derek Pech

We have a quick message that we would like to get out to our audience.

We are extremely excited about our Hawkeye State Area Code t-shirts that are going to be released soon. We released a promotional post a couple days ago with a sneak peak of these shirts that included a picture of the 319 area code design. Shortly after it was brought to our attention that there was a bike/motorcycle group located in Cedar Rapids who felt like we ripped off their logo. We did not steal anything. This was an original design created by our Graphic Designer in Des Moines based upon a concept that our group came up with 100% organically (which we can prove). We would like to be very clear. WE DID NOT STEAL ANYONE ELSE’S DESIGN, and accusing us of doing so is slander. No one associated with Hawkeye Heaven had ever heard of this group or seen their logo prior to the responses we received on our promotional post. 

Needless to say we took these accusations seriously. We did some research, and in an effort to come up with a solution that would work well for everyone involved we reached out to this group. We also reached out to the University of Iowa. We don’t have any updates beyond that at this time, but we hope to very soon.

In the meantime, we want to make it crystal clear that we did not steal our area code design from anyone, and it is slanderous to make those accusations. To anyone who has made a slanderous accusation, and we’ve made note of many, we ask you politely to take it down. We aren’t interested in getting anyone in trouble over something silly because we’re all Hawkeye fans here (for the most part we assume), but we also aren’t fond of being accused of something illegal that we didn’t do. We can assure you that all of these designs were created the right way. It’s not fair to our Graphic Designer who created these concepts to face accusations from anyone who simply does not have all of the information. We hope that is something everyone can appreciate.

As always, Hawkeye Heaven followers and Hawkeye fans in general are the best. We’ll get these shirts out to you as soon as we can so you can remind everyone around you that Iowa is, and always will be, THE HAWKEYE STATE!!!

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