If you thought the story of how Orange County basically seized and sold Tapout from under Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis’s children was messed up, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Tapout has been known for shamelessly slapping it’s logo on anything it thinks might sell, but this takes things to a whole new level. A lawsuit from Mask’s sister claims the company divided up his ashes and sold some at his funeral:
After Mask’s death, Carla claims she was approached by the co-founders of TapouT — men calling themselves Skyscrape and Punkass — who wanted to “borrow” Mask’s ashes and urn for a public memorial service.
In a lawsuit filed in San Bernardino County, CA — Carla says she agreed, but demanded the two men return Mask’s remains immediately following the service.
Here’s where things get CRAZY — Carla says when she arrived to the memorial service, she noticed “various booths and tables” set up around the cathedral … one of which contained, “a large shoebox-size box containing several miniature vials that were on display.”
Carla says the vendor informed her, “each of the vials contained a small amount of the cremated remains of Mask, and were reserved for, and to be given to, ‘special people’ whose names were on a printed list.”
Carla believes somewhere between 50 to 100 vials were either “sold, given away, donated or otherwise distributed to several unknown persons.”
Not only is Carla PISSED about the vials … she claims TapouT still has possession of the urn and the remainder of Mask’s ashes … and the company refuses to return them.
Now in any normal situation I would be shocked and repulsed at what a tacky denegration this is. But we’re talking about TapOut, an empire built on tacky denegration. If there’s anyone who’d want his ashes turned into a Limited Edition Humain Remains B3LI3VE© Vial, it’s Mask. Hell, it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a will somewhere encrusted in rhinestones that also demands the remainder be emptied into his tophat and flown into space by eagles. That’s just how that motherfucker rolled.
*UPDATE* Skyskrape, one of the three TapOut-eers, says:
You all who talk shit should know the whole story first!!! She is a nut case that charles couldn’t stand(his words not mine)! And I was the closest person to him the past 13 years! She is reaching for SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!
I would like to point out that there was no denial that Mask Ash was indeed hawked at the funeral.