So earlier this week, a friend brought this to my attention. My photo, the original, on the left side, and the horrible attempt to replicate it on the right. Not only did this kid (asheey.tumblr.com) straight copy one tattoo, he got both.... Straight ripped off 2 different tattoos from 1 photo which I made on a good friend.
Its not a secret that images, flash, and photos are used as reference, but if youre looking to collect tattoos, dont be a fucking idiot and ask for the exact thing you found online. Let your balls drop and attempt to be a fucking individual. This wasnt ment to be flash. The internet is the best and worst thing to happen to tattooing.
I see work by friends and colleagues being horribly ripped off left and right. Personally, most of my clientle comes from people finding me online. Which is why i post my works online, simply for promotion and networking.
There's an understanding that art is always borrowed, but it should never be counterfeited.