This post first appeared on Regretsy on April 27, 2010
UPDATE: I THINK THE SELLER TOOK IT PRETTY WELL
Since when are creamy yummy cupcakes considered “raw meat” in the comment stream?
She must’ve been referring to us fat slags gettin’ all slicked up over Towel Mike and Dror.
And to think, the original discription about Beatrix Potter and chipmunk zombies originally endeared me to this seller. Alas for first impressions.
I know! I thought he/she would embrace our little community. But I was wrong and all I can say is good riddance!
I was really hoping Helen wasn’t being sarcastic about the seller taking it well, too. I wanted to get some of those prints if they were still for sale. Would have been great Christmas gifts!
Raw meat in cupcake papers with frosting on top hiding the deep dark truth.
The deep dark truth of slavery, which has been so totally noted!
Maybe it’s all the mentions of bacon?
I’m going to have nightmares, now. Possibly Cronenberg-esque nightmares. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
That is so disgusting and disturbing. Thanks for making me not want bacon for a long time.
Mmmmm, Bacon you have to kill first.
Breakfast at Eraserhead’s
My first thought as well!
Well done, Cybele
omg i have no words for the creepiness of this
I never thought I’d say that I didn’t want bacon but those two slices are ALMOST enough to make me keep kosher.
Thats way more unnerving than bacon has any right to be.
Wow, the artist really doesn’t get it. I wish more people would be open to commentary rather than becoming mean vindictive bitches.
I also loved the see it in a room. It was perfection!
It was! In particular, I liked the echoing theme of the unexpected and the tragic; witness the man in a baseball hat, prone on the sidewalk in front of the car, and the baby duck in the lower left, who seems to be clutching a hot dog? poetic echos, ma’am, poetic echos.
I didn’t see any of that. Thank you for being way more observant than I am.
she’s SOOOOO open…
If people can critique picasso we can judge that crazy ass picture, ok.
Ahhhhhhh the flounce! The righteous indignation! Perfection!
Yes! Not just butt hurt but full body hurt!
It was also nice of the seller to link to Regretsy.com repeatedly in an email to the owner of Regretsy.com about content posted on Regretsy.com.
I wonder if they use that same process to make turducken… hmm
Oh my g…… I FUCKING LOVE YOUR USER NAME!!!
I just said it out loud to my husband and we both guffawed with awesomely loud laughter. Hope the kiddos didn’t hear!
That is just a thing of beauty.
Just out of curiosity, am I the only one who refuses to eat anything that begins with “turd”?
Now, if they’d called it Dickey . . . maybe.
That does have a ring to it…
Sounds like a bizarre spin on Hide-and-Seek.
A cock ring – that works if your are taking chicken or dick; perfect!
Well, Rushgirl, I may not START with Dickey….
Here in the UK, it’s called a “three-bird roast”. Which sounds so much better.
Spinal chord huh? Didn’t know I had a musical instrument in my back. Awesome.
I love how they always say you don’t have the right to post correspondence. Like you need permission to post something that comes to your inbox.
Yeah, it’s like a xylophone. Think “Be Prepared” from The Lion King… It’s around 2:55 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0AiN8vrn9Y
She is absolutely BEGGING you to reprint her correspondence AND use it in the next book…………..puhlease!!!!
A Spinal Chord is what Spinal Tap play after they turn it to 11.
It’s like, how much more Beatrix Potter could this be? and the answer is none. None more Beatrix Potter.
Passive-agressive butthurt. “You bent my feelings! Now I’m going to hurt myself for all to see! Live with THAT, fat slags!”
“You bent my feelings!”
I can’t possibly love this phrase more. I can’t stop repeating it in my head.
well I’ll be a sense of humour!!!!
My eagle eye is shedding sparkling tears for that poor mouse.
Who knew someone who could cheerfully depict one cute animal eating another and present it with a cheeky story would be so goddamn sensitive?
“I also do not give you the right to reproduce this correspondence.”
Aka: I’d be embarrassed if everyone else saw my butthurt, so don’t post this anywhere else.
I am fairly certain that once you send a piece of corrospondence to someone, you no longer have any say over who else sees it.
Unless, of course, you work for the government.
As Miss Manners would say, “never put anything in writing that you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of Regretsy. You sick fuck.”
You need a comment of the year trophy.
You should have made up a story about her for your Finnish folktales book!
I read that next to last sentence out loud and nearly hyperventilated. What was the point of it exactly? I got lost after the semi colon.
The semicolon instead of conjunction-and-comma was probably meant to break up the sentence a bit for readability’s sake, but utterly fails; the use of “not only” leads the reader to expect a “but” that never comes, leaving the sentence feeling incomplete however long it drags on — and on the subject of intricate and lengthy sentences, I feel I speak as something of a personal authority, and I’m sure that claim would have the complete support of every English teacher (and hapless reader) upon whom I’ve inflicted these paragraph-length sentences in the past.
Then again, one cannot expect a sense for the finer nuances of punctuation from a person who eschews use of the Oxford comma.
If only my ninth graders paragraph long sentences had been as readable as yours were…
If the reader expects a butt, he should be in the next post.
Points awarded for a mostly well-written and entirely coherent flounce, and actual artistic ability… but all points lost for apparently having a sense of humor limited to chipmunks eating mouse heads (mice heads?).
If you cage wild mice together after catching them in a live trap (obviously a live trap…..) they will start disappearing…
Much to my regret, I know this for fact… now.
They do it in pet stores too. I stopped writing them up as deads and upgraded them to store use feeders.
Likewise if you fill a bucket with crawdads, eventually you’ll have a bucket with one crawdad.
What people don’t want to think about is if you did the same with people… Donner Party, anyone?
What if you cage Zombie Mice together after catching them in a Death Trap?
Yeah, I kept reading it (and reading it and READing it – tl;dr, lady!) thinking “well, but it’s all spelled right, and mostly grammatically correct- gotta give her props for that”.
Really, the painting itself is good, it’s just the content that’s awkward. I’d be inclined to purchase something that didn’t involve fury critters eating each other, as natural as that may be.
But maybe I’m just a fat jealous loser who just doesn’t get it? That’s probably more to the point.
I’m going to stick to painting butterflies.
Fury critters indeed. That chipmunk is full of the fury!
(I know it was a typo, but what a *good* one!)
That chipmunk is full of — mouse.
So many questions… The most gnawing being, Beatrix Potter?
I know that Beatrice achieved such lovely detail in her illustrations by researching her subjects to the bone. Literally. She’d take a small animal and boil its carcass until all the meat fell off and she’d have a skeleton as a subject.
Maybe her illustrations were just a cover for a weird hobby, but they were really charming!
Oh, sorry, got distracted with the imagery.
No, I don’t know why she referenced Beatrix Potter. I don’t know of any stories where she had one animal eat another. The reference makes no sense in regards to this.
Oh Mugsy, it’s not you, I think I phrased that strangely… I’m drunk.
Oh now Mugsy, help me recall; it’s just eluding me right now. Wasn’t it Peter Rabbit? He got sent to bed without supper and Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail had tea and blackberry glazed mouse brains?
I want to have your internet babies.
Yes, Aliceblue, you have it right…and I can imagine a family of zombie bunnies turning on a certain farmer.
Om nom nom nom
@EyeHeartSpiders Would they have 8 legs!? That would be so cool.
There were a few where they tried, Jeremiah Puddleduck, for example. The tale of the Roly-Poly Pudding was all about a pair of rats trying to eat Tom Kitten. They don’t succeed, but that story used to give me nightmares. The Pie and the Patty Pan involves a mouse pie, we don’t meet the mouse beforehand though.
Would you WANT to have met the mouse before he became a la mode, as it were?
I remember reading a story in one of our National Newspapers about a school board in the US that banned all Beatrix Potter works because one of the characters stole carrots from the farmer. The school board thought it would make kids think that stealing is ok.
I’m guessing it was the next county over from where they taught creationism in science class.
Furthermore, if they’re concerned about kids learning to steal from a Beatrix Potter book, they have far greater parenting issues at hand to be dealt with.
Why steal carrots when you can watch the Discovery Channel and learn to cook meth?
I can’t tell what your avatar is, but it looks incredibly filthy, so I gave you a thumbs up.
It’s Terminator porn.
Brings new meaning to, “Come with me if you want to live.”
I saw it a few years ago and said, “Hello, new desktop!”
It’s not even stealing, really. We’re talking about a RABBIT entering a garden and eating the vegetables.
I know modern society is becoming ever more divorced from the realities of nature and farming, but surely they know rabbits do this sort of thing. Surely?
Lol… “Gnawing” question.
I like the painting, but now I want one painted with glittery cupcake tears!
So the original post was just the “View it in a room”?
From this the “artist” got all that? You should rename the feature “View it in a mirror!”
Wait, Regretsy doesn’t celebrate weird and unusual?
Regretsy colludes with etsy!?!?
I want no part of such a collusion… I’m here to torment.
Well, if it means we get to market our shit as treasure, I’m in.
I need to make sure I’m not colluding, that probably a probation violation.
I hate mice in my house so I’m getting me a friggen awesome chipmunk.
The thing that frightens me… They might actually work.
the first pic for me in this search shows a “Live” version of this painting.
CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK
What’s worse is that it wouldn’t let me click away from the page. Just an awful, never-ending loop of thumbnail of chipmunk eating mouse to full-screen of chipmunk eating mouse, bact to thumbnail.
Love the painting but……….Holy Jesus fucking shit H Christ! I will never look at a chipmunk the same way again.
Our cat has dragged in and dropped lives chipmunks in the house before. They are a zillion times worse than mice because they are LOUD. they’ll aggressively chirp at you and scold you. They will also bite you THROUGH a leather glove should you try to grab them and chunk them outside.
evil little buggers.
Aha, that must be like counting coup. A tough cat can kill a chipmunk, but it takes a motherfucking action hero to capture one alive and bring it to you!
You should be more appreciative.
I am appreciative… so long as they don’t drop it on me in bed. HOW DID YOU EVEN GET INSIDE WHILE I WAS ASLEEP!?!
yelling at the one that catches the chipmunks doesn’t even work. She’s deaf as a post. No, NOT ON THE BED! why am I yelling at the deaf cat? I deserve a live chipmunk in the sheets for that.
For years I have called chipmunks “kitty snax”. And yes, they are mean little fuckers, so my cats have full rein to chomp away.
No need to worry about getting “extra” sales from us.
This raw meat atmosphere makes me crave spinal chord. I, too, simply cannot help myself!
Also, I do not give Regretsy permission to post this comment.
shut up chipmunk woman, you’re hardly otto dix.
I <3 you Thislegofmine! Otto Dix rocked!
I like you, I like pie.
You keep using that word “permission”. I do not think that word means what you think it means.
i want a painting of one of aprils “cake pops” (cake pop used loosely) eating a reeses peanut butter cup as it naturally happens in the wild (her kitchen). with lots of gore of course. that would be lovely.
I really don’t think she understands the nearly adversarial relationship regretsy has with the actual people behind Etsy. Is there anybody here who doesn’t want to punch them in the vag and/or dick for willfully turning a blind eye to Chinese resellers and factory stores?
Whoa, whoa, whoa. This whole time I thought we WERE celebrating the weird and unusual. (I’m not clear on the distinction, but I’m sure there’s a reason for including both descriptors, so I’ll go with it.) Now that I know Regretsy is only bullying and denigrating for profit, I’m outta here.
Forget all your charity works and attention to sweatshops in China and increased business for actual craftspeople, I can’t stand for the sickening pictures of cannibalistic rodents raw meat atmostphere of this site. I’m a vegan, for god’s sake!
*Stomps out in a huff.*
All rights reserved. Permission to reprint my flounce not granted in any of the contiguous US states, except New Hampshire, where they do whatever the hell they want, anyway.
Ah, darnit. Html fail ruins humor every time. Sigh.
1. Preview is your friend.
2. Live free or die.
1. Yes, but impatience is my BFF.
2. NH wins for most intimidating license plates ever.
If you don’t pick one or the other, they’ll demonstrate their Libertarian laser gun on the Old Man of the Mountain.
Bob Marley (the comedian, not the reggae icon) tells a joke about how when you first drive into Maine you see “The Way Life Should Be”. Then you see signs about how we prohibit fireworks and have a tough drinking and driving law. But you drive over into New Hampshire, and the first thing you see is “LIVE FREE OR DIE!” and liquor stores by the side of the highway!
I never noticed the person laying on the ground in the “view it in a room” pic.
And the duck on the bottom left! That is a duck, isn’t it?
What a whiny ass spoiled brat of a baby. Waa waa waa…
It’s a chipmunk eating a goddamned mouse, get over yourself.
Mom, is that you?
How can she claim to have a sense of humor and then get offended when her work gets poked at in fun?
The duck in the far bottom right-hand corner, is it wearing a package of hot dogs???
And I have to say, I live, rather intentionally, in ignorance of cute woodland creatures (e.g. I’ve never read Watership Down and I don’t want to) and their ‘dark’ sides so seeing this print (though very well executed) has put me off. :/
It’s the “chicken poncho” from the Regretsy book cover!
See I kinda read that whole thing as
“OMG OMG!!! You guys gave me SALES! But I don’t like you. I wanted sales not these types of sales. How DARE you guys give me exposure and free advertising! How DARE you make me money. I’m not listing my items for sale for money! Well, I am, but I don’t want it because of YOU! I don’t understand your site so therefore don’t send me business. Because as an artist of weird and wacky art I don’t understand offbeat websites.
Oh, and your not allowed to tell anybody that I got upset.”
Yea, hard to sympathize with someone when they are bitching about sales and exposure.
We had a drought here a few years back and the squirrels started eating the birds that came to feed at my bird feeder. It was really gross and horrifying, so of course I videotaped it.
Little did I know, I’m now sitting on a goldmine. Etsy, here I come!
Print up some stills on the old dot matrix and you’ll be a millionaire.
Using my half-empty Martini glass as a scrying bowl, I am looking into the future–
And I see a revival of dot-matrix printing. Yes, indeed! It’s the next ironically old-tech hipster art/craft trend.
C’mon; you just know it’s got to happen…
I was actually going to do a painting of the same thing. Only making the chipmunk a zombie. I did a cartoon of it a few weeks ago too. Damn it. Well, I *guess* I can still do it. Peh. When I finally get my shop up and running I would gladly welcome any sells from Regretsy, whether they take me seriously or not. Not that my stuff should be taken seriously. Plus the economy is tough man.
NO ONE EVER CRIES FOR THE DECAPITATED FIELD MOUSE!
LIKE IF U CRY ERY TIM
Forgive me. What I meant to say was:
xxx~*…like dis if u cry evry time…~*xxx
And here I thought someone making something that off the wall would have to have a sense of humor. I guess not! What a well-written and entertaining flounce though. I guess it’s good to see she’s literate!
That is a wonderful rendering of the seldom seen Kliban chipmunk. Albrecht Durer is spinning in his grave with envy. Or is it the mouse being rendered?
Love to eat dem mousies,
mousies what I love to eat,
bite dey tiny heads off,
nibble on dey tiny feet
I’ve seen chipmunks dragging a dead squirrel into a nest hole in a tree. Don’t mess with chipmunks. They will fuck your shit up!
I had no idea chipmunks were so bloodthirsty. Apparently, they’ll even eat bird hatchlings.
Wow. I’m very, very disturbed right now.
Where’s my vodka?
I had a chipmunk steal a bag of peanut M&M’s out of my golf cart when I was at a course in Las Vegas a few years back. I started to chase it down but a greenskeeper standing nearby warned me off. He told me that chipmunk would fight me to the death to keep my candy.
I had no idea, but apparently chipmunks are the Chuck Norrises of the rodent world.
Well, in all fairness, I would have fought you to the death if they’d been the peanut BUTTER kind.
Shit, I’LL fight you to the death for a bag of peanut M&M’s! The 1 pound bag at least…maybe just to first blood for a smaller bag. I’d punt that little fucker!
Unrelated, the squirrels we had at UMD were so used to being fed by drunken/stoned college students, they’d run up your leg to get the food in your hand. It was cute. Once. I’d feed the same one in the same place, he had NO fear. We don’t really have many chipmunks here in MD.
“Getting some head”: Chipmunks don’t think it means what I think it means.
Thing 1: How did I miss this the first time around?!
Thing 2: How can someone paint that and not have a sense of humor?!? I really do not understand.
“…the very natural relationship between chipmunks Regretsy and mice non-conventional artists. It appears that chipmunks Regretsy simply cannot help themselves. Upon setting eyes on a mouse non-conventional artist they are overtaken with an overwhelming desire to feast upon their brains and spinal chords denigrate and bully like tiny and adorable little forest zombies fat and jealous, ugly losers. Surely, territorial instincts are jealousy is at play here though one can’t help but wonder if chipmunks Regretsy don’t doesn’t also harbour a deeper age-old grudge a need for hitcount and profit…”
What is this snaggle snatch going on about? Her shop has some baltog about a postal strike preventing her from reopening. First Regretsy “forces” her to shut down by, oh I don’t know, looking at her work, then just when she starts feeling like a precious cupcake again the letter carriers turn into a bunch of plankton wankers. Oh the horrors that the modern artiste must endure.
She’s Canadian, but the postal strike is no excuse. Or at least not any more, as it ended months ago.
I found her website by googling. She’s undeniably talented; the painting above only hints at her abilities. But the way she writes about herself leads me to believe she must be absolutely insufferable IRL.
Oh lord, how pretentious can you be? She’s the stereotypical quebecois. She is how many of the Albertans I know perceive them. The first paragraph was enough to annoy me. The way she wrote about the October crisis has damn near set me over.
oh well, fuck that, then. all you needed to say is quebecois and I would would hand HK a pitchfork and a flaming torch if it would guarantee that this seller gets a roasting online.
worst job ever was when I had to work with a quebecois translation team. fuck them and their 18-century French. No one else speaks it and yes you ARE assholes and its not an endearing quality.
sorry for the novel.
It secretly pleases me that Canadians suffer from good-old-fashioned prejudice and racism just like the rest of us troglodytes to the south.
I can’ play a single instrument and my voice sounds like mice whose heads are being gnawed off by chipmunks, but I’m forming a band today just so we can be called “The Plankton Wankers.”
Thank You, lulubelly, for finally giving my life some much needed direction.
I cannot take credit for “plankton wanker” – it was submitted by a fat jealous loser for the curse word study guide. Thank Regretsy and invite us to your first gig. Or maybe don’t invite us if you really sing like a decapitated mouse.
We’re strictly going to be a studio band, but we’ll record our first practice and release it as an underground album.
Just need some help figuring out what to use as artwork on our first album cover.
You will also need some insufferably pretentious liner notes.
For talking about standing by her work she seems to like jumping ship as soon as things get tough. I don’t understand. I’m an artist and if I was linked to for my hilarious work I would laugh along. And if anyone didn’t get the joke and took it seriously, doesn’t that make things funnier…?
Yeah, I think this one is all talk when it comes to being a nonconformist, unconventional artist. Which is a pity, as she does have talent.
I haven’t posted any work online, much less put anything up for sale, in a long time. But having a piece featured on Regretsy simply for being weird? With as many pageviews as it gets? Mock away, you fat, jealous losers! Where the hell else would I be able to get that kind of exposure? We all know Etsy’s not going to be any help with that.
Wait wait wait. She sends you passive-aggressive drivel about how your hate (and by hate, I mean that you shared this with all of us fat jealous losers, over half of whom would very probably have happily bought that most excellent print until we discovered that it was done by a passive-aggressive, ignorant artist) but doesn’t have the balls to actually post that in her shop?
I would almost give my left breasticle to be featured on Regretsy. I saw almost, because it would be awkward trying to rearrange the remaining breast to cover both sides. It’s big enough, it would just be awkward.
Thumbs up for introducing me to the word “breasticle.” That’s a much better name for what I’m carrying around than “these fucking things.”
A friend once informed me that her husband “likes ‘em long”.
It’s also better than “fatbags,” which is the term I use when I’m feeling particularly grouchy.
The Chipmunk would probably prefer his field mouse Kentucky Fried, if he had a choice.
Somehow I think the fat jealous losers here are doing her a giant favor, and I’d italicize that “favor” if I knew how.
We have become the super spongy giant target at which she can aim all the rage she has accumulated about most anything in the last few years. Or at least since her chipmunk model lunged at her.
Is the man lying down in the pic wearing tights?
Don’t pinch my ass & fist me! I know my rights!
Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son”
Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin
Damn You. Now I will never be able to read “How Squirrel Nutkin Lost His Nuts” again. My childhood is ruined.
Happy to help.
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I know I’ll get down thumbed, but maybe she’s upset because of all the negative comments and feedback she’s getting from people?
I mean she put this on etsy for a bit of fun and now there are probably hundreds of people commenting and messaging her with all sorts of nasty and unnecessary things to say.
I can see why she closed her store. Who wants to advertise their art only to have it posted on a site like Regretsy, where people flock every day to deliberately say negative things about it?
Just think about it. She’s probably really hurt by some of the things people have said.
Welcome to Regretsy. You must be new, because you don’t know what you’re talking about.
1) A lot of things posted on Regretsy, like this one, are appreciated and desired. Reading the comments on this re-post should show that.
2) Art is intended to inspire opinions, discussion, and thought. No one who’s been professionally trained as an artist, and no one who puts their work out for public view, should have any expectation that they will receive only positive opinions of their work.
(That said, contacting Etsy sellers as you’ve described is considered harrassment by Etsy and will get you banned.)
As a working artist, you will receive negative feedback, no matter how good you are (and this artist is quite good).
Most of that negative feedback will be stupid and uninformed and not worth getting angry, offended, or hurt over. Most won’t even be worth acknowledging. So unless you’re a trust-funder who doesn’t need to sell your art for a living, pulling a flounce from the marketplace because someone made fun of it is childish at best, self-sabotage at worst.
I do find it funny that an artist presenting herself as an unconventional nonconformist who paints weird and unusual work threw such a fit when her work drew attention for precisely those qualities. When you make weird art, hell yes it’s going to get attention for being weird. And if it’s really so unconventional, expecting all of that attention to be positive is absurd.
In short, she needs to knock off the oh-so-edgy, nobody-can-possibly-understand-me posturing and grow some fucking skin.
MR, your essay should be posted in large, bold type on Etsy’s front page. It’s not only a warning, but should provide reassurance for any (talented) artist who thinks their art might be “too weird” to attract paying admirers.
I applaud you.
Stated to perfection! If everyone was this easily put off, Galileo and DaVinci would never have pursued their studies, Ford would never have created the assembly line, Edison would never have produced light bulbs, Fermi would never have deconstructed the essence of atmoic energy, electricity would be a “fad” or a museum attraction, and the internet (had we gotten that far) would have flopped.
and if Descartes didn’t think…
HEY! where’d he go?
there just aren’t enough existential jokes in the world.
Where is it you went?
I went to the meadow
To see a rodent.
What did you do?
I got me some head
What’s it to you?
What is that stain?
Possibly spinal chord
Or maybe some brain.
I want vinyl wall art of this. And I have the weirdest desire to make a poster.
that is BRILLIANT!
Shamelessly adapted from “Weasel Weasel” by our own HKpril in her upcoming magnum opus concerning Finnish Folktale Fuckery. (in case you don’t “cf4l”)
this hurt my stomach.
please save it for the regretsy nursery rhyme book.
that’s a thing, right?
Collusion? Who would collude with Etsy? I mean, on purpose.
Look I love this site and it makes me laugh my ass off, but a fair few of the complaining artists have a point that I share – this site does make good old dolla bills off other people’s art, and pointing out theiving artists, well, it’s a little ironic.
It would be ironic if I was stealing anything. But showing you what’s for sale, crediting the creator and linking their store is not theft. The day I post someone else’s writing on this site and claim it as my own is the day you can draw that comparison.
What’s really ironic is it that no one ever complains when a blog gives your work a positive review without your permission. I guess it’s only theft when you don’t like what the critic has to say.
What’s ironic is when your blog masquerades as a website disguised as a blog that sells things by *posting* pictures of arts, crafts, and buttholes from real websites (not websites pretending to be blogs) that sell things (and don’t say they are helping people other than themselves by those sales, because, well, they’re not) but don’t want to sell them if too many people want to buy them.
Maybe this should be in the Stallone thread? I just get so excited about the butthurt!
I’m sure there was a kickass point in here, but this comment hurt my brain. sorry. moar vodka.
I guess clarrisa can’t explain it all?
(Sorry, I’ve made that joke before. I’m sure you’re sick of it.)
It’s based on the circular logic and weirdness of Jackie Stallone’s rebuttal to the post about her Rumpology practice.
If that’s “theft”, then Macy’s should sue the news stations every time they mentions the crowd outside their stores on Black Friday, and Spielberg should’ve taken Siskel and Ebert to court the minute they gave E.T. a glowing review.
mention* Damn phone.
how is any of this theft? are all the tumblr blogs theft? most of the blogger blogs? cos 80% of all of it is just people reposting what other people posted. in fact, probably 80% of that 80% is people reposting what other people reposted. & so on & so on & so on. where does the theft start. where does the theft end.
It’s impossible to police but yes a great number of blogs do commit copyright theft. If the magazine I work for ran those same images without crediting or paying their owners we’d get fined, no two ways about it. But the internet is cowboy territory. I’m not a crusader for INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. Just stating facts.
I completely understand how intellectual property works, being that I am in the 100 percent exploitative industry that is tabloid journalism. But the point stands – you do make money by using what someone else has made, and you make merchandise based on it too. No one gives a shit, clearly, and it’s not illegal, but it is a fact.
She doesn’t “use what someone else has made.” She’s not taking a picture of something and saying that she created the image, nor that she is able to produce the item for the price stated. The value provided by the site is the critique of the item, not the item itself or the item’s intended purpose.
Merchandise available in the Zazzle store is based on text from comments on the web site, letters written to HK by people who have been featured, or images that HK produced herself, like the Lincoln in a flannel shirt “steampunk” picture.
Jesus Christ lemon, you just sent me into a minor hysterical episode with that. I’m just gonna be over here cuddling my dog, now…
If you make T-shirts of this, I will not only buy one, I will wear it to see clients.
Conformity enforcemant. I can hazhave it?
I wish I have saved the conversation I had with this seller, I reached out to her after the feature because I liked her work and she really didn’t get it. She really did seem to think it was Etsy’s fault too for allowing Regretsy to exist (as if Etsy could do anything, that pesky 1st Amendment thing). Regretsy was a great boost to my shop and I loved being in the book (yes this is a not so subtle pleas for you to show my rat sculpture again).
Amen, I would KILL to be featured on Regresty! These people just don’t know how damn lucky they are.
Please don’t kill anybody. Even artistically.
If I had money, I’d buy that shit right up.
Some people just don’t know how to handle exposure, and they also don’t understand the “WTF” nature of a lot of the things we feature. Sure, some of the stuff we show is just irredeemable hack-work, and we’ll mock that relentlessly. But a lot of things we show are very well-made, just…strange. The piece featured here was very nicely rendered, and we didn’t even say anything bad about it. We just put it in the window of a KFC! I guess that was a bridge too far for this artist (who, by the way, sold the print shortly after being featured on here).
Truth be told, I would’ve liked a small print of it myself to keep on my desk. Keep the clients wondering. It kinda ruins it when the artist is a bad sport.
You keep mentioning these unsuspecting clients… What kind of work do you do?
I actually would have bought this. :/ I’m a huge animal-food-chain and taxidermy fan gal.
Completely unrelated to anything, I totally approve of the sex-toy ad running in the right-hand side banners right now.
I really like this piece. It speaks to my own twisted, bizarre sense of humor. I’d hang it in my living room among the old photos of my now-grown children and just wait for someone to react.
Before I had scrolled down to the unlawful email reproduction, I clicked to the artist’s Etsy shop, hoping to find even more quirky art. Empty.
Then I read the email. Where I was intending to praise the artist’s skill and bold expression of fiendish mirth, I can now say only: “Insérez-la dans ton cul*.”
The person who attempted to post this comment is a spammer, inviting you to buy shitty Ed Hardy knockoffs.
I invite you to sign them up to barnyard sex user groups.
If you have a blog, here is the IP address so you may block them:
I’ve found this at several posts. I was confused at first, but I noticed that the posting date and time were identical. The comments are from either April or Bronc.
Sadly, I’m at work and can’t get into barnyard sex groups (at least, that’s what I’ve been “told”).
How did I never think to deal with spammers this way before?
Once again, Regretsy saves the day.
Jeez, the least they could do it they are going to spam is sell blue getaboner pills instead of crappy rags.
This is how you know you are officially desensitized to flounce and other drama. My biggest concerns are:
1 is that guy on the ground ok?
2 I wonder if he has any booze left
3 then i could get a hotdog from the duck and have a picnic.
There is a guy on the ground?
Look to the right in the “View it in a Room.”
I did but sadly I didn’t notice it the first go around.
That’s nothing. At my KFC we have at least three bums outside the door.
I am less interested in the art than the butthurt. It really does not seem that abnormal to me. Or is that viewpoint of mine the way it is just because I’ve been exposed to the internet for too long? Desensitivation FTW?
I hate to be the biologist here, but this picture does happen in the wild. Cardinals are another seeming innocent creature that occasionally chomps down on smaller animals. Also strangely Hippos also scavenge meat.
And it’s creepy as heck to watch a deer eat a bird! Stuff like this happens all the time in nature. Animals don’t always behave the way we think they should. This piece is pretty neat and I like that someone portrays this weird side of the natural world. Too bad the artist is a poor sport. :-/
Deer eat meat?? Shocking revelation!
It is called free speech and it is a two way street. Why is it so hard for people to understand when you put your work up on the internet it is open to comment? You better grow a thicker skin and deal IMHO.
I’ve been insisting for years that chipmunks are evil little bastards. My husband is tired of hearing me screech every time we see one. I think I was traumatized as a child on a camping trip when one ran 100 feet across a clearing to bite me on the big toe. Oddly enough I love squirrels, go figure.
It’s a great picture and a real shame the artist is an uptight humorless prima donna.
I really like this piece of art. I think that it is ironic that a person who makes ironic art hates it when people comment about it ironically. It’s a well-executed drawing, and it’s funny.
Do you think she wearing fake vintage t-shirts from Urban Outfitters? I wonder how many fake mustaches she owns.
Her current message on Etsy is fantastico:
Asking an artist to sell you a print of a stolen work is like calling a crime victim to ask where you can buy the boots they were mugged in.
I’ve not given up on Etsy entirely, but I’m close.
This makes no sense at all.
Nobody stole her work. Nothing was forcibly taken from her. Nobody here has profited by presenting her work as their own, without attribution. She still retains full copyright to her work, and the right to reproduce and sell it however she likes.
If she’s lost any sales by being featured here, that’s because she voluntarily took her own shop down. If her reputation was damaged in any way, that’s entirely her own doing–her behavior in response has made her look far worse than the original post ever could have.
And, as April pointed out last night, had her work been used in a review that was unambiguously positive, she wouldn’t be whining about theft at all. That, I am sure, would be perfectly okay in her eyes.
Not liking the (perfectly legal) way in which her work was used is not the same as being mugged, and she is not the victim of a crime–not even close. If she’s the victim of anything, it’s her own immaturity and insecurity.
What a shame… I actually rather liked this until I read the response. Is it wrong that I judge an artwork on the artist’s attitude? Probably… but for me what was once a happy little zombie chipmunk is now forever tainted with flounce.
Indeed. Hardly anybody is even making fun of this, why flounce? Personally I liked it, too. Until the gross attitude.
Such a shame she turned out to be so precious I bought a print off her aaaaages before she got featured on Regretsy and I really love it, she is a properly talented artist, but reading that email, and the About section on her website as well, it seems to me that she’s had far too many people blowing smoke up her ass for far too long
So I HAD to check the validity of this. Apparently, little Chipmunks actually do this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Oc4a3G5LIM&feature=related
well, you can just rock ME to sleep tonight. thanks for that!
Hence forth, money shall be measured soley by FISTS!
He must’ve misconstrued the nature of the movie “A Fistfull Of Dollars”.
Insert hilarious fisting joke here –>
precisely which principles are so daring, so stolid, so lofty, so radical & heroic, so, yes, uncompromisable that they render unable to be critiqued a painting that looks like a drawing of a chipmunk eating the head of a mouse?
the only other thing i have to add is that i’ve spent my whole life knowing i cannot render well enough to draw things professionally. this hasnt been good cos i am actually a designer [& have been other things that would render rendering requisite]. anyway. anyway. i have some kind of spatial dyslexia which is irritating at best. but that doesnt matter. i am fully willing to accept that i dont draw that well. what i am not willing to accept is that the mouseeater does. cos i can render better than she can. &, as above, i’m not good at it.
I think I am more shocked that the seller reacted like that because I am sure there would be plenty of us weirdos who would actually buy something like this. Regretsy is my source of freakishly awesome as much as it is my place for a laugh at the crap people sell.
Now I wouldn’t even think about buying from this seller, even if their shop was still open.
$5 is a fistful of money?
but… we knew it was funny.
and we loved it.
…I was gonna go peruse their store for more awesome prints, because I like their sense of humor.
…or I thought I did.
Amazing how someone could draw an “intentionally humorous illustration” and have zero sense of humor. WTF is wrong with people?? Regretsy is the best shit on the internet.
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