Former Gn'R bassist Duff McKagan writes on his blog for Seattle Weekly about an incident that took place while he was visiting Tokyo. McKagan describes how he was walking around in the Harajuku area of Tokyo, in order to familiarize himself with the area before a visit from his daughters. The bassist writes: "Harajuku is connected by streets lined with themes shops – punk rock clothes, pastel-only skirt shops, early 80s beat-boy clothing, Star Wars. It becomes obvious that many of the shirts are bootlegs."
McKagan said one store in particular caught his eye since they had a bootleg shirt with both Guns n' Roses and Metallica logos on it. He decided to enter the store, carrying with him a peanut and rice cracker he was eating on the go. As he was looking at an especially horrible reproduction of the Gn'R cross and skulls logo from the Appetite For Destruction album cover, he was actually asked to leave because he was eating in the store. Says McKagan: "I was relieved that they didn’t recognise me. I rather hope that I look nothing like a skull-chimp type of rocker," referring to the bad quality of the bootleg Gn'R logo he was just looking at.