I'm having some serious hurdles to jump in my work, and can't find a clear answer besides talking to a specialist lawyer about it - can you create parodies inspired by already existing artwork? I have a bunch of ideas for my startup business selling decals, but I shudder at the thought of the cost of a lawyer for consultation, and I don't really know where to go with this question besides here, so here are my examples:
-stylized superhero logos -decals inspired by video games -stylized sports logos
I see all these things on P.O.D. sites all over the internet - Etsy, Shopify, Amazon, Ebay - but I know for a fact that these companies can't be licensing all of these products directly from the NFL, NHL, game studios, and Marvel or DC Comics. I don't even want to do their original artwork, I just wanna put my spin on it - I'm just too nervous to have Disney send a lawyer to my door to serve me for a lawsuit that will leave me LIVING IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!...Sorry couldn't resist Xd
Like I said, I just want to put my spin on their original works to adapt it to my style of artwork for my decals and print designs. Any thoughts or resources you guys could point me toward would be great! Thanks in advance!