Healing through Tragicrafting: Steve Jobs Edition
Crafters are a sentimental bunch.
I call it, Tragicrafting™. It’s an uncontrollable urge to make some sort of “tribute” merchandise, and put it in your Etsy store before the body gets cold. Oh, not to profit, of course, but to heal.
The other night, just after Steve Jobs died, I showed you two people who tried to get their healing on as quickly as possible:
The HOT iPhone cover (now mercifully removed by the seller):
And this thing:
This one is especially noteworthy, as it marks a new development in this field: Tragitagging.
Tragitagging • (n) [traj-i-tag-ging] Slapping the name of a recently deceased celebrity on a completely unrelated item that’s been moldering in your Etsy store for months
What impresses me the most about this votive candle holder glued to a plate is the completely unrepentant attitude of the seller. Not only did she Tragi-Tag this cake plate, she also created a treasury of Steve Jobs Tragicrafts so she could feature it.
Isn’t that touching? I think we all know how much Steve Jobs liked Snickers and wreaths. And don’t get me started on his edible butterfly habit!
I’m sure I don’t have tell you how this fuckery was received:
Come on you guys! He totes changed technology and it’s impact on the world. Plus the colors are great!
You can’t blame them, actually. Poor dears, they think this is marketing. Etsy isn’t going to tell them they’re morons; the clueless and horribly misguided are their gluten-free bread and vegan butter!
Let’s not fight it. After all, opportunism only knocks once! Just sit back and be healed by the magic of Tragicrafting.
Steve would have wanted it that way.
- Click here to keep your eye on the growing pile of crafts clogging up the Etsy colon