B.A.P’s Yongguk labelled a ‘thief’ for using artwork

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B.A.P‘s leader, Bang Yongguk was accused of ‘stealing’ an artwork, which he used as a photo for his uploaded sound clip on Soundcloud.

The original owner of the artwork, Sammy Sabblinck, expressed his disappointment for the use of his photo without his permission.

Yongguk uploaded an instrumental on Soundcloud entitled Curxe, which gained popularity among his fans.


Fans praised his music with little-to-no notice of the photo used until a comment made by an artist from Belgium. He went further to call Yongguk a ‘thief’ on Instagram.

Fans were quick to apologise and defended the idol.



Yongguk, although late to see the comment, apologized to the owner of the photo and expressed his sincere apology for causing trouble to both his fans and Sabblinck.

The following day he posted on his Twitter saying, ‘CURXE’ ARTWORK BY #Sammyslabbinck HE’S REALLY GOOD ARTIST I’M REALLY SORRY IT’S ALL MY FAULT.”

The artwork in question was uploaded by Slabbinck on January 13, 2014. The collage made on paper bears the title “Solid Advice.”

Artwork by Sammy Sabblinck

Artwork by Sammy Sabblinck

B.A.P fans sent messages to Sabblinck to tell the artist how it was not Yongguk’s intention to ‘steal’ the art and upload it as his own.

Yongguk later took down the photo and replaced it with his own picture. Visit Yongguk’s Soundcloud profile to listen to Curxe.

Sammy Sabblinck is a surrealist artist based in Belgium, who combines vintage photographs to create a collage on both paper and print. To see more of his artwork, visit his website.

Sources: Soundcloud – bangxang; Twitter – BAP_Bangyongguk; Facebook – Sammy Sabblinck (1), (2)

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  1. Em Jahay

    January 12, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    not just that but Sammy himself is a “theif” if he’s just taking vintage photos and making them into collages a collage is made up of existing photo’s normally .

  2. Blue05

    July 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Ugh, yeah, whatever you say.

  3. waly1215

    July 17, 2014 at 12:49 am

    YES sammy should be gratitude to Yongguk. You know why??
    Because nobody in this forum, will know about Sammy if Yongguk didn’t post that photo.

  4. waly1215

    July 17, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Sammy butthurt probably didn’t know Yongguk is that kind of man. Poor sammy 🙁 I hope his not getting any anti-fans :p

  5. Blue05

    July 14, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Uh, ok sorry, I had read the artist says that Yongguk took his work and would take legal actions if he doesn’t gives credits.

    When someone takes your work, you call that person a ‘thief’, you can’t understand the feeling if you are not an artist. Yongguk also accepts it was his fault.

    And as a fan of B.A.P, we should know how horrible it feels when someone don’t have the recognition they should have. And it’s horrible that many people keep saying that Sammy should be gratitude to Yongguk.

  6. banghimtome

    July 14, 2014 at 2:06 am

    agree~ or if he didnt want to send message at least talk in a polite way. no ‘thief’ and “!!!!!”. i think fans might understand since its his artwork, and fans know yongguk is someone who appreciate art so much.

  7. waly1215

    July 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Ikr. Just sent a personal message to yongguk would be more nice. No need to make a fuss over small things.

  8. waly1215

    July 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    “He went further to call Yongguk a ‘thief’ on Instagram.” Omg blue 05, you don’t know how to read or what ???????

  9. banghimtome

    July 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    you seem dont know the story -_-

    the artist did. sammy called yongguk as thief in yongguk’s ig. thats why fans were mad. i know yongguk was at fault, we fans knew it so well and yongguk should apologize. but what make us mad is that artist judged him as ‘thief’ without even waiting for yongguk’s explanation.

  10. Blue05

    July 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I know Yongguk, and I know he doesn’t put that photo with bad intention but still he should put the credit to his owner.
    But “B.A.P’s Yongguk labelled a ‘thief’ for using artwork” wtf dude?!
    Not even Sammy called him a ‘thief’. Why Yongguk would be labelled as a thief? stfu.

    Don’t blame the artist, he was only protecting his art. And stop devaluing the artist work.

  11. banghimtome

    July 12, 2014 at 7:36 am

    so true! i didnt know know him before… but look now. he’s famous… he said yongguk took benefits of his artwork, but imo the artist is. yongguk accidentally promoted his ‘keep smiling’ artwork

  12. waly1215

    July 11, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Instead, that Sammy should thank Yongguk for making his presence a lil bit known in this world.

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