X-Site Energy, the Alberta company linked to an explicit image of the young climate activist, is in even hotter water than you may have thought. The tattoo artist whose work was used to create the Greta Thunberg sticker wants to sue for compensation and says he is in contact with two copyright lawyers. German Canalla, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, also wants to offer his condolences to 17-year-old Thunberg for the way she has been treated.
German Canalla told Narcity, “I think it’s disgusting that grown-up men do this, you know? I can’t understand it.”
Canalla spoke out on Tuesday, March 3, after Alberta’s X-Site put out an extensive apology about the sticker, which appeared to show Thunberg in a sexually explicit position next to the company’s brand.
Canalla said he has been contacted by two copyright lawyers, one in Canada and another in his hometown. He plans to meet the Buenos Aires lawyer on Saturday, March 7.
The tattoo artist, who specializes in explicit imagery, also wants Thunberg to know how sorry he is for the situation she is in.
“I think she is really upset about this, and I understand her,” Canalla said, adding that he would like to offer his “sincere condolences” for everything “she is going through.”
“I think it’s super unfair,” he said. “And I don’t want to be attached to this kind of behavior.”
It was first reported last Thursday, February 27, that an Alberta woman had contacted the RCMP about a decal that featured X-Site’s logo and a cartoon woman with the name “Greta” written on her back.
According to The Globe and Mail, X-Site general manager Doug Sparrow initially said the company had nothing to do with the image.
But the newspaper also reported that the Alberta woman who contacted to police had said an X-Site employee was handing out the picture in sticker form.
Thunberg confronted the incident on Saturday, February 29, by suggesting that it demonstrated her opposition is “starting to get more and more desperate… This shows that we’re winning.”
Canalla said he became aware of the sticker when one of his social media followers sent him a message to alert him to the situation. The image is in fact plagiarized from one of his tattoo designs.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said. “Because normally I’m used to people ripping off my work to make T-shirts and tattooing and stuff. But this was like too much.”
The company said it was “committed to recovering and destroying the decals [it] distributed” and would be discussing a new code of conduct with its employees.
“Management accepts full responsibility and effective immediately, has made organizational changes to reflect this,” it said.
“We have let our employees, our families and our customers down with this careless action but, just as we are committed to help reduce our industry’s environmental footprint, we are committed to learn from and correct our mistake.
“We will do better.”