I received a takedown notice from TeePublic regarding the word "Blerd" ("black nerd"--which was first coined around 2006 by someone else according to Google) in artwork. The notice was from a website of podcasters who trademarked a design which features a silhouette afro with 3-d movie goer glasses and the word "Blerd" at the bottom. My design is a larger, feminine afro (with a little curl in the middle--in high contrast black or white the afro/head is more of a silhouette) with gamer-style headphones, a stylized gaming controller, and the word at the bottom.
According to the dates of their trademark paperwork, my design is technically older (file history and other documentation), but I have no problem removing the word. I wish they had reached out to me directly. I would have modified it as it's not a critical component to my design or "brand". Additionally, I've sold a lot of this design (scroll down to see other versions) and it might have been more strategic on their part to partner in this instance, but oh well.
Re-re-worked design below I may place on a product for sale, but not via TeePublic.
For those unaware, TeePublic doesn't support their uploading artists in any way, even when they invite you to dispute any notice they've received. I have a very clear statement in my design policy for Quel Parish, but I don't own TeePublic and they have a right to decide how they handle these things, so there was no point in challenging.
Below are other iterations of the design from 2021 and 2018.