Hey! There has been a lot of buzz about this lately, so I thought I would make a journal entry based around it.
I’ve heard a lot of people tell me lately that they have gotten my artwork tattoo’d, thank you! I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to hear you enjoy my work on such a personal level. Most, if not all of you have contacted me and asked permission first which is truly something I have to thank you for. (I know a lot of other people who have NOT asked, and its saddening, in a way).
But here are some things I would like to bring to the table that have me a little concerned.
To start, I have not been charging individuals who want to get my piece tattoo’d. If you as a person see my work, fall in love with a piece, and love that enough to have it a part of your body, that’s amazing!
But I say individuals because I HAVE had people messaging me asking to put my design in their tattoo shops to sell for profit. this is not okay. Never have I accepted someones request to place my design in any of their shops, for any one to get tattoo’d. My throat goes into my stomach when I think about people getting my work tattoo’d on them, without knowing the background, who I am or even my name.
I have heard of people who have seen strangers, seemingly with my work tattoo’d who have NO idea who drew that picture, and have to be told it is from me.
So, my biggest concern right now is the integrity of my work. I want people to enjoy it and be inspired by it, but that it means I have to give up in my name in the process, I don’t think I can do that.
So here is a HUGE favor I am asking of you guys:
Please , if you ever see my work in a tattoo shop, or if someone you know has had it tattoo’d without at least knowing my name, it would mean the world to me to find out at least where it came from. That way you can contact me so I can ask them to remove it, or (if you would like to) contact them yourself ask that they stop profiting from it.
It’s a low, dirty thing for a shop to steal someones work and then charge someone else for that design.
(for those of you who would like to see which design this is, it’s here: http://www.corinnereid.com/wilddog.html )#Corinne Reid #art #Illustration #artists on tumblr #Tattoo #Wild Dog