Saturday, October 2, 2010


Sometimes I get all antsy about people replicating the space shoes I paint.
"You can't so that! That was MY original idea!"
is what I sometimes feel like shouting at them.Then I get start to annoyed when commenters praise their work.
"WOW. That is such a gr8 idea! You should totally sell them. I'd defs buy them!!!"
And this just makes me feel jealous and ripped off.

But then I realise, I copy other's work all the time too. Just testing out what I can do, seeing where it goes. I think it's just part of being an [insert word that's similar to, but is not artist*] A prime example of my plagiaristic skill is the two images above. The one on the left is one I drew last year after seeing Studio Violet's cute postcards (right). It's obviously the same moustachioed man, but I didn't admit it at the time. I should have though. And ultimately, I think, it's okay as long as you don't sell other people's ideas as your own. If you publish something extremely similar to someone else's work, link back to them and do not sell it. Ever.
So in this spirit, here are a few of the better space shoe copycats that I've seen around.

*Because I really wouldn't call myself one. Except when my friends joke about me not having a job. In that case, I'm a successful freelance artist, hehe.


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  2. Mine?

  3. Do you think you are the only person who thought of the idea to paint space/galaxy images on shoes? I came across your page because I had thought of painting a nebula on my TOMS, without ever seeing your work, so i googled it because i figured there were other people out there who painted this on their shoes. I'm sorry but its not that original of an idea, I'm not discrediting you or trying to put you down.
    In the words of Chuck Palahniuk

    "We are all products of society, parts of something that we don't even try to comprehend. We want what society wants , we desire what society dictates we desire. We are incapable of original thought, because every thought we conceive has been thought of before by a million other people. And that's OK. It's not our fault, and it's not a bad thing."

  4. Yeah, I totally get what you're saying. I've read that book, it's Invisible Monsters, right? and in many ways, I totally agree. But at the time I wrote this, I was just having some issues with people doing work which they actually said was "inspired" by (read: the same as) mine and I guess I was just jealous that they were getting more credit and publicity for it than I was. It's pretty petty and stupid, but this is my blog, so I wrote about what I was feeling at the time.
    Thanks for your opinion though. (no sarcasm)

  5. I like your creations very much! <3

    Often I like to collage on shoes for friends and I've thought about selling them on etsy but I suppose it would be hard to because I personally did not make the shoes. I really wish I knew how to make shoes so then I could sell them without the copyright issues. I wonder if this is the same for you? I'm not trying to bug you out, I want to know how you go about selling your artsy shoes because I want to do the same (in the future). I wanted to know your insight on the subject.