So this chick comes in and she is a big fan of the group TOOL and also (as many TOOL fans are) a fan of Alex Grey’s artwork.
She want’s these eyes tattooed on her.
I do it.
While tattooing her she says she say on the artists site that he doesn’t allow tattoos of his work or some such thing.
I say it is personal expression, fuck that.
I went to his site alexgrey.com and clicked his use of images link.
Holy crud… he does go on about tattoos (and everything else under the sun)
For no fee, you may have a tattoo made from Alex’s art under the following conditions:
1) Employ the best possible artist who is capable of rendering the best reproduction of the work and thereby giving the most beautiful results.
2) Send a good quality photo of the finished tattoo with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org. (work in progress photo also requested but optional).
3) Grant free use of the photo of your tattoo for any subsequent publication approved by Alex Grey.
I create art. I do it for my lively hood. I may not be as famous as Alex Grey and therefore not as ripped off as him, but my stuff does get jacked pretty often. Just yesterday I found a site selling crap prints of five of my paintings without permission and with nothing going to me. The battle must ensue, I am constantly dealing with stupid stuff like that.
I have even received advertisements in the mail trying to sell me my own poorly copied tattoo flash designs for MY shop. (That has happened multiple times) People are thieves.
Alex Grey has been ripped off tons, I’ve seen it, and he is obviously paranoid about it because he has a HUGE page yakking about copyrights, use, credits, etc…
Still, he does get that without fans and grassroots promotion an artist is nothing.
He does allow some use.
LIMITED USE ON A WEBSITE:
You are permitted to use ONE image on your personal (non-commercial) web site with the following stipulations.
1. A link to AlexGrey.com must be visible WITH the image.
2) The image used must be no larger than 400 pixels/ 3 inches in either dimension.
2) Images MAY NOT be used on the homepage.
3) Images MAY NOT be used as backgrounds, cropped, or otherwise presented in a manner which obscures the entire image in any way.
4) Images may not be used on web sites deemed inappropriate.
5) Images may not be modified, colored, animated, adapted, collaged, used as a graphic design element, or altered in any way.
To use an image as an Avatar:
1) Images must not exceed 200 pixels in any dimension
2) Images used must have the Alex Grey web site address plainly visible (alexgrey.com). If the requested and approved image is not already available with the URL text as described, we will create one for use under the terms of agreement.
3) Images may not be modified, colored, animated, or used as an element in a graphic design under any circumstances unless through separate written license between Alex Grey and the specific web site.
I find all this funny because it is all so hard (impossible) to enforce.
I know this for a fact because besides my art I have dealt in an industry that is filled with thieves more than almost any other. PORN
Yes, I took tons of pictures of thousands of girls over the years.
I hold copyright and posses the model releases along with the age verification.
These images have been sold to other companies/websites for limited use. Very strict contracts are used and there is also the fear of the powers that be coming down on thieves asking either for model release proof or age verification. One could cause huge monetary problems and the other prison time even, but still… people steal the images and post them all over the place. They even use them for print materials which is ten times as dumb because you can’t just delete and say sorry when a cease and desist is all that has been asked of you.
*sigh* It is all a bunch of crap… but, wtf on a huge page like that saying what you can and can’t do?
I think it will only discourage the more honest people anyways who would have given credit.
The douche bags who steal for profit will still be ripping off the creator of visual media and getting away with it.
Then again… maybe he is right. Maybe that is how it has to be.
Maybe all of us will soon be listing our rules.
Ignorance of the law is not an excuse in court.
Maybe it is the artists responsibility to have a page such as Alex Grey has.
Things used to be so much more simple.
If somehow you read this far you may be interested in reading up on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
I also recommend for those of you who are not familiar with Alex Grey’s work to visit his site as it is some pretty amazing stuff he does.
If you do know his work, but have never visited his site I recommend you do so and hit his “early works” and check out his self portraits through the years. Super cool.