Tattoo Artist Attacks Canadian Oil Company After His Design Used for 'Disgusting' Greta Thunberg Image

A tattoo artist has criticized a Canadian oil company after one of his sexually explicit designs was altered and used in a sticker bearing their logo to attack Greta Thunberg

German Gabriel Canalla based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, accused Alberta oilfield company X-Site Energy Services of stealing his design of a naked woman to make the image mocking the Swedish teenage climate change activist.

The company has been widely condemned after claims that a sticker showing a naked female from the back being pulled by her braided pigtails with the name "Greta" written across her lower back—an apparent reference to the 17-year-old—was being passed around by their employees to wear on their hard hats.

The company's logo appears at the bottom of the image.

In a post on his Instagram account, Canalla described how someone contacted him to point out the similarity between his design, which is the same image but without the name Greta written across the back, and the one used in the offending sticker.

"That sticker X-Site made was originally a tattoo design made by me. Of course it was never meant to be used for that purpose," Canalla wrote. "X-site not only stole my tattoo design and made it a logo/sticker, but also used it for that disgusting purpose...It sucks."

Canalla also shared a photo from 2016 of his original design tattooed on someone's leg.

Speaking to Newsweek, Canalla said he plans on suing those responsible.

"Not only for having taken [my work] without my consent, but to give it such a deplorable use," he said.

Canalla also hit out at the "misogyny, barbarism and violence" that is frequently aimed towards the teenager.

"I need to express my support to Greta Thunberg and if I can collaborate with something and make out the best of this outrageous collaborate on something with her commendable struggle, it would be a great honor for me," he added.

Thunberg herself responded to reports of the sticker, dismissing it as "desperate" tactics by her critics.

"They are starting to get more and more desperate...This shows that we're winning," she tweeted.

Doug Sparrow, General Manager of X-Site, denied anyone at the company was involved with the making of the sticker.

"It's not from X-Site or any employee, someone has done this. That's all I know," Sparrow told 660 News.

Velocity Graphics, a Red Deer-based design company that has made custom decals for X-Site in the past, also distanced itself from the image.

"To clarify speculation we did NOT print or have any involvement in the Greta decals. In order to protect our reputation we ask that people carefully choose what they say," the company wrote on Facebook.

Elsewhere, an online petition urging all executives at X-Site to stand down as a result of the sticker has attracted more than 10,000 signatures.

"Together, we can show that this disgusting and deplorable behavior will not go unnoticed in Canada," a description on the page reads.

"We call on all executives involved in the making or distribution of the image to step down, and issue a public apology for their actions."

Sparrow has been contacted for further comment.

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Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg joins demonstrators during a Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate (BYS4C) march, on February 28, 2020 in Bristol, England. A tattoo artist has hit back after one of his images was doctored to mock Thunberg. Leon Neal/Getty