I feel the need to go on a little rant about watermarks, art theft and the like.
I am getting sick of people saying, “The watermarks are ugly” or “the watermarks are distracting.”
Yes, I know. I put them there. Believe me, no one on this earth hates those watermarks more than I do. I LOATHE the fact that I have to ruin my own work with unsightly, distracting watermarks.
But do you know why I have to do it? Because people steal. Because if I don’t, someone will use my artwork, sell it on ebay or etsy or tee shirts or pillows or whatever. I’ve had it happen. And they’re making more money off my hard work than I am? No. Fuck that. That is not ok. That is why I have to watermark my work.
It’s especially damaging when some jackass home scratcher steals photos of my tattoos and puts them in his online portfolio, so people go to this numbskull thinking he did that cool pinup tattoo, and they walk out of this guy’s kitchen with scarred skin and hepatitis. (NEVER GO TO SOMEONE’S HOUSE TO GET A TATTOO, PEOPLE! GO TO A LICENSED, REPUTABLE SHIOP!) That is why I have to watermark my work.
And you know what’s REALLY getting on my nerves lately? People reblogging my stuff (on tumblr), removing the credits and adding their own blog promos. You people deserve to be smacked in the face with a big floppy dick because that’s a double slap to my face. That is why I have to watermark my work.
And to the people that say I should be flattered that people steal my stuff? No. Fuck you, I am not flattered. I am angry and insulted. You are essentially wiping your ass with my hard work. I hate to break it to you, but just because an artist is talented, that does not mean it’s easy. We do not pull this stuff out of our asses. It’s hours of hard work and frustration. I don’t care if it’s a drawing, a digital painting, something handmade or a photograph, it takes talent, and when you delete the credits from someone’s art, you are slapping them in the face. You are erasing their name and their effort.
This is why we watermark our work.
DON’T BE THAT DOUCHEBAG.