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Making art – not a copy

 

Making art not a copy.

 

Why making a tattoo directly from a design found on the Internet without permission, doesn’t differentiate much from breaking the copyrights. Let’s dive into this topic. The Internet provides an unlimited source of inspiration, which is a good thing. We can find everything we want and probably much more than we need. In terms of time management it might be attractive. You can reach for all the paintings, sculptures, movies or music just like that, in every genre possible and there is no need to even leave Your home. Here we are finding the first trap. Is this the same as true experience in the real world? How much more sensitive are our senses when we go to the museum and see an original painting? How more powerful is the music hearing live than listing the same song on Youtube? Do we really want to lose most of the human emotions and feelings by disconnecting ourselves from the world, by ironically being connected 24/7?

 

I hope not, otherwise we will become just the data.

 

We need art, beauty and well designed spaces to feel good. Even though we might not notice it consciously in everyday life. It is not only for aesthetics, it is to be creative, happy and productive. Let’s briefly discuss the example of architecture. I studied architecture and quite often I talk with Simon about its role in everyday life. Especially on long walks in beautiful places – like charming canals of Amsterdam’s old town, or on the other side – neighborhoods that were made only to provide housing ( which is important of course ), but forgetting about the human experience there. I would like to do a quick thought experiment with You. Please sit down in a comfortable position, and attract a memory of a beautiful park or a cozy town square, maybe with a fountain in the middle, maybe with trees, flowers around, cafes with that lovely smell of fresh espresso. Look around in Your imagination and you will probably see examples of great local architecture – old church, city hall building or peoples homes. I think You know what I am writing about 🙂

 

Close Your eyes and imagine how You felt in such a place.

 

Wasn’t it nice? Typically we are feeling great in places like that. Inspired, relaxed and at ease. It is because architects and urban planners did a good job! They knew that humans, not robots, would spend time there, they took into account not only the optimum square meter ratio for sale on the smallest possible piece of ground. They made it for people!

On the other hand, place Yourself ( still imaginary ) in a typical housing neighborhood, outside the city. Even though it is usually very convenient to live, shops nearby, parking, kindergartens etc. In most cases ( not all, You can still find wonderful examples of modern architecture ) we don’t feel that inspiring vibe. Equal divisions of building are not natural, it’s too mathematical. That’s why it is important to save our heritage, to not forget about it and create things that will be admired in future. In a similar way, we now admire cathedrals, palaces and so on.

 

After that long entry let’s go back to the point of copyrights.

 

Many parts of our lives went online. It is a process that will continue to grow and fundamentally it makes our lives easier. We can be more productive, learn new things faster and potentially have more time for ourselves and loved ones ( if we use technological advantages correctly ).

 

So far so good.

 

As a tattoo artist, I also use the Internet to find photos of flowers for my projects, information from the tattoo industry, new tools that could improve my service and also checking artwork from the best artists ( The Beatles were also listening to The Rolling Stones – for sure ). It’s healthy, it’s inspiring and motivating. And then, I take my Apple Pencil to draw projects for my clients – ( Apple Pencil is one of my favorite examples of usage of technology. Thanks to that tool, I am able to draw directly in a digital form. After years of wooden pencil and paper I really appreciate it. In my early years of tattooing I needed to draw on paper, then copy it with the copy machine to have a scan, then print on the stencil. Sometimes, I also used an even older technique and drew it on tracing paper directly. Just to be clear, drawing with an Apple Pencil is not a fake. It is still handmade. I don’t use any magical software that corrects every line You make or AI. I just embraced the progress ) – which is always an original drawing. All rights reserved.

 

On my website, Instagram, more and more on Pinterest,

 

I post those drawings. It is kind of an online gallery. I do it to share it with You, to convince more people to visit me for a tattoo session in Vadelma Tattoo Amsterdam, and because I am proud of them and I give something beautiful to the world. Sadly, it happens that so-called tattoo ARTISTS, try to mimic real professionals by copying their projects, and lying to customers. It’s not only a lie, it is also immoral, and it’s stealing. Despite the fact that it’s simply bad behavior, some people believe them – book an appointment – with high hopes of getting a beautiful tattoo – and after the session it is a great disappointment.

 

Try to imagine a similar situation in the real world.

 

One guy goes to the art gallery ( website with original design from a well known painter ), steals one painting ( make a screenshot on mobile phone ) and runs away. After a while – the same guy tries to sell that painting claiming that he has all the rights to it and actually made it ( post on Instagram with designs, usually at attractive prices ). Honestly, even that case with the painting is more moral, if talking about stealing could be moral at all. Because someone who bought that painting will at least have beautiful art. With tattoos is worse. Copying a project won’t help too much. The right set of skills is needed and You cannot pretend it.

 

That’s why it is important to choose the tattooer carefully. A person who is passionate about what is doing. You can feel it easily, by the online profile, online content, style of communication and finally in person on a consultation or tattoo session.
I wish You all the best!

 

Much love,
Natalie

 

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