Thursday, January 19, 2012
It seems that the the number of tattooers stealing pictures from other's portfolios and posting the as their own is drastically increasing. I have personally called out 2 such people recently. One of these individuals (who I will refer to as Russ), even after the actual person who did the tattoo claimed itin a public forum, still tried to say it was his. Many of those who are stealing the work of others, do so as a pathetic last ditch effort to make themselves appear to be better than the tattoos they actually do. With the quality of tattoos being done becoming more and more amazing, those who have not improved their skill level are resorting to drastic measures in a desperate effort to stay in business.
We like to feel that by looking at a tattooers portfolio, we are able to make an informed decision as to who will mark us for life. This premise has become more complicated, as these thieves are becoming more and more common. My suggestion, when looking at someone's portfolio is to look for things that don't belong. When you see that all but a handfull of the tattoos are total garbage, and then a few are completely clean and awesome....something is not right. It is normal to see a gradual improvement or shift in overall style when viewing a portfolio, but keep an eye out for drastic differences.
There is now a search feature on Google images that allows anyone to determine whether someone is a photo thief. In the images search box, there is a camera icon, click the icon. Locate the photo that you want to make sure belongs to that tattooer, right click and copy image URL. Paste the url into the search box back on Google and the results will come up for most photos. If all the results reference someone besides the portfolio you found it in....guess what?
I felt this topic needed to be touched on due to the amount of people not only losing hard earned money, but more importantly, having their bodies destroyed by these scumbags.
Thanks for reading.