The border is similar to the AA poster (the best AA poster ever) and the city is similar to Heads poster. But bear in mind neither of those two design teams invented those looks. The border is looks victorian, and the city is sort of 50's.
That's what those thingys are supposed to be used for, to make decorative borders. I don't think AA were the first to discover their function.
People are way too quick to use a damaging word like "rip off" around here.
This looks like something at least 20 different 'designers' on here would have done.
Distressed Background- Check
Wacky Image- Check
Sans Face in 2 Lines - Check
Are they all ripping off each other?