Stop expecting Art to be cheap and stop underselling your work.
Look, I genuinely enjoy working with and for people. Illustrating something for another or creating a Tattoo design that is unique to the one wearing it is a great honor and joy for me. It makes me happy to make you happy. I take this very seriously, I am commited.
However. I expect you to be as committed and serious about it as I am.
Why do people expect me to design something that is meant to be uniquely theirs for close to nothing? Frankly, it’s insulting.
You are hiring me for a service that is your luxury, but my life. Do you understand that? It means this feeds my mouth, I don’t enjoy extravagant luxuries from what I earn.
If you expect me to accept a payment that is even below of what the lady at the cash register in your local grocery store earns in one hour, I have to tell you, you are far removed from reality and reason.
If you cannot respect me enough to pay me for something that I put my heart and soul into, you are neither ready, nor deserving of it.
If you cannot honor the fact that I do this with passion, while sacrificing my personal security, then do not ask me to do anything for you.
If you tell me you can’t afford it, that’s okay! I could never blame you for that.
To my fellow artists.
Stop underselling your Artwork. You’re making it harder for all of us by giving others the idea that they can do whatever they want with you, because that is what you do when you sell an original Artwork for 20€, rather than more deserving of 60€, for example. Please honor yourself and your work.
This is not meant to be an attack on anyone personally, it is not meant in ill will. Please share.