Golden rubbers in these denim pockets On my waist, there’s a black Glock New girl moved on the block She been plottin’ on my brown cock (brown cock) Last night I slept over hers (over hers) During sex, I overheard (I overheard) A sword sliced the air, I pulled out the na-na Rolled off the bed then shot back, pa-pa Blood on the sheets probably spillin’ from my gash Looked out the glass, seen you sprintin’ on the grass A real ninja with the blade and the mask Got them gold ninja stars and red Supreme nunchuks Now she tryna patch me up, but Girl, I was just tryna get a nutbust If that’s your ex, you should probably own a pistol But I’m guessin’ it’s wiser to exit with dude
The text below in italics was posted a few hours ago by an excellent and well respected tattooist. I think it makes sense to keep him anonymous. If he wants to be known, I’m sure he will make himself known.
I agree with all his points. I’m all for people posting up photos of tattoos they like on their personal blogs, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. It’s the same as cutting something out of a magazine and scanning it in. This doesn’t mean you should have a ‘tattoo’ blog where you scour artists websites every day looking for new photos of their work and then post them up without any permission or credit to that artist.
Work should be properly credited. If you are going to post an image of a tattoo you should take the time to make sure that:
a: the artist is credited.
b: you include a link to the artists website / shop.
c: a link to the original source if possible.
It all comes down to the fact that people use tumblr to create a psuedo personality. People constantly reblog things that they feel other people will think are cool. It’s not self expression, it’s trying to win the approval of their peers.
I’m not very good at putting things into words, just read the post below.
Recent arguments expanded….
Tumblr is the modern equivalent of patches on a jacket/school bag. People use it to define their public persona and to form friendships with suposed like-minded individuals.
That’s great for the most part. Until blog owners continually re-post work that was not created by them. Then those blogs get popular, then they have google ads and sell shirts, books or magazines and make money. It seems like a win-win situation. Until you realise that the creator of the work does not make a living from popularity, they make a living from selling their work. This situation is fine for illustrators, designers and photographers, to whom promotion is a valuable tool. It’s a different situation for tattooers/tattoo artists mostly because there is no legal precedent (nor should there be) for copyright in tattooing and because the finished work does not belong to just one individual or company who would seek compensation for breach of copyright.
Copyright is only useful if the re-publishing of the work has a financial implication for the original creator. This does not happen with tattooing but there is still the issue of the people who ‘own’ the work receiving no benefit or financial reward when it is re-published. We do not create work for your amusement. We create it for our clients.
Tattooers have websites or blogs and publish their work online the show show their peers, clients and potential clients their recent or favourite work. Many tattooers watermark their images when they are published online. This is not an agreement for anyone to re-publish to their hearts content, re-draw or print it on a t-shirt. It’s simply a way of ensuring proper credit for the original creator, a way of making the best of a shitty situation.
Any blog owner who has published tattoo photographs they did not create and declares themselves a ‘fan’ of the original work without having work from that tattooer is a liar and a parasite. You take what you want and give nothing back to the thing that helps you exist.
I know this cannot be stopped and I expect it to get worse. This is only the tip of the iceberg. That does not mean we are cool with it. That does not mean that your ego or online popularity can benefit tattooers in any way. All you are doing is exposing tattooer’s work to more parisites who wish to feed their ego. I know many tattooers who have appointments booked into the foreseeable future, solely with work they choose to do and they don’t have their work re-blogged ad infinitum. They manage fine without your ‘promotion’, as do most tattooers who work in shops and studios in the real world. So please don’t use the excuse that you are trying to help. You are just feeding your ego.
Re-blogging is not helping tattooers. Getting tattooed helps tattooers, you parasites. How can it help tattooers when you provide no contact or location information?
Please consider the whole of this post before complaining about one section.
This is one post that should be re-blogged, but probably won’t be.