UPDATE: I have talked with all parties involved and we have come to a positive resolution including possible collboration on future (and very legal) projects. It sure doesn't always work out this way and I am grateful to have stood up for myself and achieved a compromise.
I sat down to write an inspiring and uplifting post about the projects that I've been working on around here. The ones where I have been donating my time to celebrate women and choice at women's clinics and I even had a post worked up about the conference dedicated to inspiring teenage girls AND THEIR PARENTS (that I attended over the weekend as the keynote speaker). But when I got home last night I had this to welcome me.
This is a photo of a bag being sold at JC Penney. It's got artwork that's mine. UNAUTHORIZED - which is a nicey-nice word for straight up stolen. It's a bag made by CALL IT SPRING. I have not been contacted about this and now, INSTEAD OF CELEBRATING THE AWESOME THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN HAPPENING HERE I will be calling lawyers and talking about plans to deal with this. And that sucks because I have better things to do - with my time and my money. And I'm so, so, so tired of getting into online arguments with people that either don't get it or just feel like being jerks about things. THIS IS WRONG.
Which is shitty. I don't swear a lot online, but the truth is that it's sad in the deep parts of your heart. And this is where I can take the hardened stance and just say well that's life and obviously they like it and I have better things to do than worry about this. BUT THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT - the real and vulnerable side - is that people can be assholes and I'd like this kind of thing to stop because it starts to feels like no one cares. That's the saddest part. I know it happens to every artist (read: writer, etc, etc, etc,) under the sun and I feel sad for every single one of us because it feels shitty. It makes me feel like I don't matter and that I'm not worthy. And God knows that if they had asked me to be a part of this I WOULD HAVE SAID YES.
There's a line on the above image inside the D in NEED. That's my signature. It's blurry and unreadable on this image most likely because it's been lifted from a low res version online. SUPER lame.
If someone came into my house and stole the 4x6 foot original painting of this... it would be theft and things would be done. But, the internet is a different soup.
I don't want to be sad about things like this. I don't want to spend my time fighting these cases. I want people to stop doing shit like this. Because it's hurtful and lame and wrong. And happening all too often.