Friday, 1 March 2013

Of spring and universe-famous shoes

Is it spring already? And is this how it works?
I'll start from the beginning, if I may. Chances are you've already seen this picture:

Miss Universe by alexskyline
Let me boast — I painted these shoes. They are called Miss Universe, painted with acrylic paints and adorned with a couple of Swarovski crystals. I love them a little bit more shoes can even be loved.

I made them last summer, and it's quite natural this photo spread from my dA to all over the interwebz. It happens. Yeah, some of them have my signature cropped. Yeah, some had a hideous filter slapped upon. These are some things I decided not to care of anymore. Unless only...


uses them...



I didn't think it would ever happen. But then I made a Pinterest account.

First couple of hours were all fun and games. Until I decided to type "Galaxy Converse" into the search box.
I won't lie, the result stroked my ego and smugness pretty much...because 3/4 of pictures were my very own darling handmade shoes. That was cool. My shoes are cool. My shoes are new Louboutins.

Miss Universe sides by alexskyline
And can you guess what I found then?

Yeeeeeeeaaaah. You're absolutely right.
My pictures illustrating an Etsy listing.
For an already sold item.

I fire up quickly. I calm down rather fast, as well. But these were the 5 minutes I wanted to strangle a person like never before.
Etsy has a nice feature — they don't allow you to report an item until you contact the seller directly first. So I luckily vented all my affective rage clicking the "Submit report" button. Once done spitting flames, I found out what was the reason for the buttons inactivity, and wrote the seller, asking to take either my photos, or the listing itself down.

I was ready for anything, really. And yet the case ended surprisingly...well?
First, I got a nearly immediate reply. Second, the seller didn't claim to have taken the pictures or any shit art thieves do. She even suggested me buying copyright for my pictures, which I refused, explaining that pretty pictures won't help when her customers receive a different purchase (there was a feedback message stating that already). And within a minute the listing was down! Moreover, I asked her to remove the other pictures, which I recognised from dA, and not to ruin her reputation like that — to which she agreed, too. In the end, we parted friends.

And that's a good thing.

There's a good lesson I got from all that happened — my signature will now be much prominent, and in an uncropable place. And I've recently started providing all my likely-to-be-popular artwork with a secret — *wink-wink* — signature, as well. If you wish to see them, you are welcome to visit my deviantART gallery!


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