Fan Appreciation – tattoos re-post
I originally posted here about folks using my art for tattoos. I’m re-posting it AGAIN, because I’m noticing HUGE amounts of google directed people right clicking and saving certain images of mine. As I mentioned before, if you see something you like PLEASE ask me if you can use it for a tattoo. I’ll say yes, 99.9% of the time and just ask for a pic of the final piece in trade. Heck, i’ll even give you clean images instead of jpgs to use. But please, just ASK.
I’ve been going over my site stats for the past few months. Seems there’s been a LOT of people Googling and clicking on my “pinstripe skull design” and also my “Ol’ Nasty cat” images lately. People possibly wanting tattoos of them…? Dunno. But it made me decide to write this post.
About tattoos. I have a lot of them. Some I’ve designed for myself, some not.
Regardless, I feel a sense of real responsibility after I see a person getting my artwork tattooed on themselves. It’s a huge honor. But, it also kicks me into overdrive to make sure I don’t get complacent and start churning out schlock. I see too many other artists getting lazy and re-hashing stuff they’ve done a million times before. I don’t want to fall into that trap. People digging my art enough to make a lifelong commitment to having it added to their bodies, keeps me in check. So, to all of you fans of mine whom have, thank you.
There is a flip side to everything. As my fellow artist bud Von Glitschka says regarding people using his art for tattoos, “For those who commission me it’s a great gig. But for those who don’t, it’s a flattering copyright infringement when they use my art without paying for it. So ask permission before you become a walking portfolio of mine.”
So, if you’re somebody who wants to blatantly steal my art to make flash sheets, please don’t. Ask first. I’m sure there’s something we can work out.
Now, what if you’re simply a fan and you see something of mine that you enjoy and you’re thinking of adding it to your body…? Please, feel free to contact me. I can get you nice, clean line art that your tattoo guy can work from. That way you won’t have to use a cruddy saved jpg or a potentially blurry photo of my stuff which you found in a magazine.
Either way, if you DO decide to add my art to your body, thank you and please, send me pictures!