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tattoo controversy, pt 2

thanks to all who had thoughtful thoughts to pitch into the tattoo debate.
it's such a weird, complex and personal subject.

on one hand, some comments really made me reconsider the harmless intent of someone who may get a tattoo without thinking about the ownership of the original art (ignorant flattery to the artist!), but then there were some comments whose authors seem so adamant that anything on the internet doesn't belong to anybody, which is really screwed up.

hopefully people in the future who consider getting a tattoo by any artist, especially if the artist is available for permission/usage rights, will seek it beforehand and think about the fact that the drawing was being shared to be shared under something along the lines of creative commons and not as public domain/clip art/whatever.

in the end, i think we all agree that there is a loss of control of one's work when it hits the internet - with good and bad repercussions - and everyone who says it's best not to share what is most precious, is probably right

(although i - and pretty much anyone who knows what the internet is - really like sharing things and that is a hard habit to break, especially when it comes to the most precious things)

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tetonkid
Feb. 18th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
i thought that post and all the comments made for an interesting read. it *is* hard not to share what is most precious. i mean, a lot of times, we do it in writing regardless. but people don't generally want to tattoo our writing onto their bodie.... so, anyway, thanks for the thought-provoking entry; it has made for some good conversation in real life as well.
grassfire
Feb. 18th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
some thoughts.
i always, always think that someone should ask if they are getting work tattooed by an artist that is alive. i've seen so many sad stories in the tattoo communities about people having their custom-designed tattoos copies, and artists having their work tattooed that never gave permission.

i think if you value a modern artists work enough that you want to keep it with you forever, then it is polite to ask. and if they say no, respect that wish.

i have art by two friends tattooed on me (a polaroid by ben and poppies by jill) and i talked to them prior to doing it... though with jill, the poppies were a last-minute addition, and i didn't get her specific permission for them, she's told me that she loves & approves of the tattoo...
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