so this guy right here is one class-a asshole
he stated, as above, that he had created this artwork
after he gained 100s of RTs and favs, it appeared on my timeline and i recognised it as the work of Vince Low, who created a series of pieces in this style, paying homage to celebrities, mainly actors, with dyslexia
I read through the replies to his tweet, including “wow”s and “i’m so jealous of your art skill”s, and only spotted one other person who realised this was in fact not this guy’s art, though he completely dismissed this person’s comment saying “that guy stole my picture”……
so, me already being sick of this art theft shit, as i see it every day on the web, piped up
and you can read above (excuse the bad quality) that he completely dismissed me, saying i was “jealous”
what angers me most is that he’s getting praise from 100s of people, and they will keep praising him because they won’t see the tweets where me and the one other person pull him up on it
ALSO, I GAVE THE FUCKER PROOF THAT IT WAS NOT HIS WORK. DOWNRIGHT, PROOF FROM AN ONLINE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE THAT THE WORK WAS BY VINCE LOW, AND THE LITTLE DICKHOLE STILL DENIED IT
some may say i’m overreacting, and that i shouldn’t use such foul language, but i am completely sick of this bullshit. i’ve had this happen to me in the past, and it made me less inclined to create art to share on this site.
when you create something you’re proud of, that you put a lot of work into, and someone credits it as their own and people believe them and continue to praise them, even after they’ve been shown proof that they’re lying.. it is one of the most crushing things to ever experience, i know.
so if you experience something like this, it may not make a difference, but you need to at least try to expose the assholes and voice the truth
and please signal boost!!!
we need to try and stop this bullshit, because it is a serious issue.
it gets less better.
While calling out art theft is great and fine and dandy and a big important thing we should do, be careful when you actually engage with them, try and signal boost, etc. I just browsed through this dude’s twitter, and this is a case of a bored asshole looking to stir up trouble and gain more followers and viral-ness. By signal boosting his post and actively engaging him and giving him the attention he’s seeking, we’re just giving him a round of lulz. I mean, the fact that the creator engaged with him? To him, that’s ~a cool story bro~ that he can brag about, ‘cause right now this is just some dumb shit on the internet with nothing better to do. This is probably the most exciting thing in his life at the moment. And every reply and action of his is deliberately meant to incite more passionate, angry responses, and that’s just a thing to entertain himself with.
We do need to recognize that these sorts of people exist, and using someone’s art to get a chuckle like this isn’t okay. And we do need to demonstrate to the internet and people at large this is as a whole is dickish and Not Okay, yes! But the way to deal with bored little pathetic nobodies who’re so damn vapid and empty-headed that they resort to silly/disrespectful things like this? Just let them be. There’s nothing there. Don’t let them think stealing art is a spectacle worth any kind. You might notice this dude is starting to retweet some other folks hopping on the same bandwagon of being like “i drew this!” when they obviously didn’t and waiting for the angry internet warriors to come.
They’re being immature, stupid, and contributing to problematic internet culture, but it’s not possible nor is it our job to force them to grow up. So just leave it alone, please!