Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker can barely find the words to describe his frustration after seeing his artwork plastered on a website called CafePress.
"I almost threw up. It's like someone broke into my house and stole something," said Parker.
Parker calls himself a Polynesian pop culture artist. He says the website stole his most famous painting called "Forbidden Island." It now appears on 200 different trinkets, from bags to slippers.
"I wanted to make absolutely sure it was my artwork, so I ordered something and it came to me across state lines and it was exactly my artwork with my signature removed," said Parker.
Since his artwork was already out there, the Kailua-Kona artist says he lost a $250,000 exclusive contract with an affiliate of Body Glove.
"He wanted exclusive right to the art. I said, great. Fine. You can have it," said Parker. "Then he calls me in the middle of the deal and says you lied to me. I said, what are you talking about? Your artwork is used in all kinds of items. It's used all over the Internet."
Now, he's suing CafePress for copyright and trademark infringement and a handful of colleagues are in Honolulu to support him.
CafePress says it didn't infringe upon anything.
"CafePress, like most Internet service providers, have agreements who provide their material. Those agreements require people to represent and warrant that they are the originators of the works," said CafePress attorney Paul Maki.
Parker fired back saying the company has no checks and balances to verify that the person submitting the work is indeed the original artist.
"They don't go out to check independently on whether those people who make the material available whether their representation or warranties are accurate. They rely on that," said Maki.
The website took the images down after Parker's request. But, the eclectic artist says the damage had already been done.
The case is expected to go to trial in February 2015, but Parker says even if he does win the trial, his reputation has already been damaged.
CafePress also claims it never took the copyright off Parker's work saying someone else did making them not liable. The company also says $125 worth of items were printed using Parker's painting.