from Kati: “This piece has a lot of meaning for me. I provide it to charities like A Home for Greys that ask for auction donations. I donate part of the proceeds to Girls Rock Philly while…
"ESPECIALLY if you’re one of those people whose first response is “oh that’s so simple, anyone could make it who cares” If that’s the case why aren’t these designers and the companies that employ them making their own? It’s because 80% is the idea, knowing what words, what images, what ideas people like, and here on tumblr it’s REALLY easy to see what people like, it’s absolutely quantified in the notes attached to something. It’s a clear sign to a lazy designer or piece of shit company that something is a sure win, were it to become a tshirt."
I see the above stated attitude way too much in conversations about plagiarism, wherein some uneducated defender of people’s right to steal goes off about how the original work “wasn’t even that creative in the first place”. THAT IS BULLSHIT, and I’m glad that Jeanne was able to articulately state why, and really, only someone who is not an artist or creator themselves would carry that attitude anyway. Saying that an image is simple and obvious is not an excuse for someone else to just take it, and it’s actually an insult to the artist who made it: the best art looks effortless, that doesn’t mean that it is.
Credit work. Don’t steal. That should be the simple part.
Obviously Amanda sees this shit all the time, backlash for being upset at people stealing her art, and a common counter-complaint is “it’s not that creative, I could have thought of that”. And it’s like, yeah, but you DIDN’T. You DIDN’T think of it. If it were that goddamn easy to come up with something “simple” that would resonate with so many people, then just fucking shut up and DO IT instead of stealing someone else’s.
That’s the same criticism you hear bandied about in anti-art circles where people see postmodern or avant garde art and they get all pissed at how valuable it winds up being, both monetarily and emotionally for some people, and they go “Psh, I coulda done that.” THEN DO IT. Then fucking make a piece of jaded, sarcastic “fuck you” art and let’s see how many museums bite. Let’s see how many people clamor to buy a t-shirt you made fueled simply by how much you seemingly hate art and disdain the people who appreciate it. Good luck.