Just a friendly reminder. Do not remove artist information on my work, or any art you come across on the internet. Always credit artists.
This has always been an issue, and every once in awhile I feel like addressing it. While I can’t possibly go through every post and see that everyone who reblogs my work is leaving artist information intact, if I see you remove it, I will send along a simple message.
“Please don’t remove artist information when reblogging”
I’m sure a few of you have seen this message, and just want everyone to know it’s nothing personal, it’s not an attack, it’s just a simple request. Please don’t remove artist links, or save and repost artwork with no way to find the original artist. This is way more damaging then you probably realize to artists. I’ve had people find me on Instagram and Etsy, and say “I finally found you!” because people reposted my work without credit or permission. I’ve also had people have my work tattooed on their body and stumble across more of my work and realize the design was stolen.
This is such a huge issue on Tumblr, and almost makes me want to leave the platform altogether. Recently one of my older posts from October of 2015 got reblogged without my artist information, and went from a few hundred to 12,000+ notes in a few days. I can’t help but think how much more traffic my Etsy may have gotten, or how many people could have found me on other social media sites if the links were left on the post.
Also the image on this post is one of the more “milder” responses I’ve seen over the years. If an original artist comes to you like this, don’t be rude. There’s no need for it, and you’re blogs “aesthetic” with cat gifs and random shit posts is not a valid reason to not credit artists.
Thanks for reading, thanks for following, and all the support over the years everyone! We’re hitting day 1000 on Monday which is amazing!