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Fri Dec 19, 2014, 12:43 PM
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Happy 25th Anniversary Simpsons Family!

With over 500 episodes under their belt, countless awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Simpsons was a pioneer in the adult animated sitcom space and is now a television institution that has featured an extensive list of celebrity guest stars including Hollywood royalty (Elizabeth Taylor), pop stars (Michael Jackson), and even world renowned scientists (Stephen Hawking) to name a few.

The pop culture impact of this fictional and dysfunctional middle American family is undeniable and far reaching. They have even altered the English language with catch phrases from the show became so popular (Okily Dokily anyone?) that the Oxford English Dictionary added “D’oh!” to their stately database.

Politically and pop culturally relevant storylines laden with satirical commentary keep fans tuning in every week. It’s a cultural phenomenon that is not going anywhere any time soon and continues to inspire Deviants to proclaim their love of the show by creating highly radioactive fan art. That’s something we call “Woo Hoo!” about.

Happy 25th anniversary Simpsons family! With over 500 episodes under their belt, countless awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Simpsons was a pioneer in the adult animated sitcom space and is now a television institution that has featured an extensive list of celebrity guest stars including Hollywood royalty (Elizabeth Taylor), pop stars (Michael Jackson), and even world renowned scientists (Stephen Hawking) to name a few.

Author: spotted 


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Looks like 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Tim Burton film releases.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Projected Release Date: June 22, 2012 (USA)
Trailer: youtube link
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based off the novel of the same name, written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Quite simply the description of the movie is clearly explained in the title. The protagonist is Abraham Lincoln and he is out to kill all vampires.

Dark Shadows
Projected Release Date: May 11, 2012 (USA)
Trailer: youtube link
Dark Shadows is a retelling of the Dark Shadows (TV series) that ran from 1966-1971. The movie centers around Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) who was turned into a vampire by a witch and buried alive. After he is unearthed 200 years later he finds himself in 1972. His home, Collinwood Manor, is inhabited by his descendants and Barnabas has to learn to live in this new time with his dysfunctional relatives, who have dark secrets of their own and may just need his protecting.

Projected Release Date: October 5, 2012 (USA)
Trailer: youtube link
Frankenweenie was originally a short that Tim Burton released back in 1984. It can be found on The Nightmare Before Christmas DVD, and on youtube. For those of you who are interested I would definitely recommend watching the short. The story is about a young boy, Victor, and his dog Sparky. When Sparky is hit by a car the devastated Victor has the brilliant idea to bring him back to life, Frankenstein style. The new film version is going to remain in black and white, but will be done in claymation (the original was live action).

Hope these descriptions prove accurate and are helpful to everyone. Who else is as excited about these movies as I am?
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Imaginary Monsters

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 9:10 PM

Digital paintings featured on Reddit's Imaginary Monsters subreddit (and a few related ones).

His only wish was to touch by Ryohei-Hase
Flower in the ocean by desmondWOOTSomething is in the Basement by david-sladekGlacier Terror by VegasMikeQuestions for the Earth Spirit by BobKehlThe Perch catcher by MinnaSundberg
Lord of the Pit by Bubaben
zhaalmh by ramsesmelendeze
Telara's Stone Hulk by MatchackEntombed by JonasDeRo
Fat Demon by panick
Ghatanothoa by BorjaPindadoEarth Colossus by chasestone
Nightmare in Dunwich by SammaeL89
mountain king!! by N-ossandon-NeztCthulhu fhtagn no more II by Samize
Beauty and the Wild by Grivetart
A Kind Soul by EsbenLash
Sea Monster by Sergon
Goldfish by BenWootten
Lusus Naturae by Erebus88
The Good Colossus by MartaNael

Sea Monsters by LDN-RDNT
Old Gods by NickPerrotta
WIP: Giant Monster by chrisscalf
Sea Monster by RyomaNinja
We should take the other road by nachoyagueThe Sea by ture-eSea Monster by NgJas
Sea monster by zgul-osr1113

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"Jelly, how did you celebrate Hetalia Day? :3"


I went as Colonial!America~

I took BART [for the first time.. and alone ;; ] with Lilly :iconsailuxia: [ABM Lithuania] and Erica :iconwindchimez: [FIFA Spain]. I felt like i was the calmest one about us possibly getting lost. .u.;;

As we headed towards Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, we named my little toy soldier Pedro. XD We blamed him for everything. Oh, and every time we passed a bug car, i would punch Erica in the arm. By the end of the day, she said it was possibly bruised. ILY <3

After countless times contemplating where to go, how to get there, and asking for directions, we finally got our foreign and tired asses to the entrance of Golden Gate Park :'D

When i saw the person holding up the "Hetalia Day Gathering" sign, i was planning on staying 'innocent' and not swear.
But come on, who are we kidding? XD
I swore so much when i walked up to her. My legs and back where killing me from all the walking, and i just couldnt hold it in. ;u;
But it was until AFTER she said "we're gonna hike up these HILLS nou :3" was when i lost it. TT u TT
There was so much hiking, HOLY SHIT ASDDGHDGKH

I died by the time we got there. So much exercise, uguuuu ;;

We all started with greetings and hugs, and then the hosts got out attention for our first game ; u ; /
we had to find 8 flags in teams of 10, and whoever gets the most flags wins a prize.
during the scavenger hunt, everyone was tripping and falling everywhere XD and i accidentally pushed Lilly ;; IM SORRY BBY, ILY <3
by the time all the 8 flags where collected, all four teams each got 2 flags. XD
and i suggested that we should see what crack pairings we got with our flags. our team got AmericaxChina XD
and we wrapped it up with a trivia, which our teams failed at, so we didnt get any prizes ;u; //sob

after a couple of photoshoots, Gangnam style, and eating, we figured out that the hill and tables we where hanging out on where "reserved". but we moved politely~
we thought we found out another spot, but it was also "reserved" TT u TT so we moved to some isolated area under some trees~

we hung out and ate and stuff~ ; u ;

we had a mini fanart/fanfic contest with a 20 minute time limit, and i entered in it~
i drew this:
hetalia day SF BONUS by CaptainJellyroll
...i didnt win. ;u;
guess the judges didnt like me drawing bleeding lil' america xD;; <333

than we had the photoshoot..
...oh, dat photoshoot... ;u;

i'll explain it with a picture montage:

Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17
Hetalia Day: Spains, Romanos, and Italys by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17
Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17Hetalia Day: Europeans! by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Asians! by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: North America! by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: RUSSIA!! by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17
Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17HetaOni 2 by Bai-sama
Hetaoni 2 by pinaki93Hetalia Day: Hetaoni by SaloCaalise
HetaOni 1 by Bai-sama
... aaand, other Hetaoni feels ; u ; /
Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17Hetalia Day: Steve wants a hug? by SaloCaalise
aaand, finally:
Hetalia Day: That is so wrong. by SaloCaalise
..well, okthen
Hetalia Day: Japan and China by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: Japan, Greece, and a Wild Taiwan? by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: So many Spains! by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: RussiaxCanada by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Most of the Soviet Family by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: Lithuania, Hungary, Prussia,  Poland by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: The Axis by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: The Incomplete Allies by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Axis vs Allies by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: China Snapped by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Lithuania and Poland by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17
Hetalia Day: England and Chibimerica by SaloCaalisehetalia day SF 02 by CaptainJellyroll
Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17Hetalia Day: Revenge by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Tables have Turned by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: SpainxEngland by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: SpainxRomano by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: Rochu by SaloCaalise

we than did some TWISTER~~
but i currently cannot find those videos so i cant link to it atm ;u;/

we all said our goodbyes, and it was all so heartbreaking </333
shout out to :iconmrsomeuser: for being so awesome ; U ; because she IS.
the Russia :icontruthoftsuzuki17: and China :iconsalocaalise: tagged along because we didnt wanna say goodbye ;u;/

we had a dramatic goodbye at the train station, and it was so friggen depressin omg i cant </333

overall, it was one of the most amazing days of my life and i cant even aaaaaaaa <333
we created a family and its just so aaaaaaa~
thank you :iconbai-sama::iconeight--bit: and all you other hosts for creating this event~ <3

this gathering has made me so happy again.
it got me to take that one first step to healing. <3

hetalia, i thank you again for showing me my happiness :heart::heart::heart:
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  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Myself screaming 'OH MY GOD THERE'S A NEW EPISODE'
Right! I found out that the new Bobisode is coming out in season 24 (starting in September!!!) and that it's going to be called 'Bob Ultra Highly Toxic Revenge'!!!!! OMB OMB OMB! I'm so excited!!!! I hope that it's true!!!!! I had my suspicions but now I'm almost completely convinced!!!!!!!! OMB OMB OMB OMB OMB OMB! I'M SO HAPPY! I LITERALLY WAS JUMPING AROUND THE BEDROOM A MOMENT AGO! SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON'T CARE THAT IT'S MONTHS AWAY! I'M JUST SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT IT'S COMING OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!
I NEED TO SEE IT:iconyayzplz:!!!!!!!
WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE ABOUT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Apart from Revenge what's it going to be about?!?!?
Are any of the other Terwilligers in it!?!?!?
Calming down slightly, but still HAPPY!
WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Sorry if I'm a little crazy, I'M JUST HAPPY!!!!!! OMB OMB OMB OMB!!!!!
[ Updated / edited  @ Nov. 17th, 2012, 5:26 PM EST - to include new information ]

- - - - - - - - - - [ Table of Contents ] - - - - - - - - - -

 [ - - - A Bit About My Game - - - ] :+favlove:
 1. Exclusive Item Package For TinierMe Users! :star:
[ Plus - Commemorating Your TinierMe Selfy ]
 2a. "Why Is TinierMe Closing?" - Theories From Users :reading:
 2b. "How Can I Save My TinierMe Account/Items?" - FAQ :reading:
 3. "What Are Game Sites Like TinierMe?" :typerhappy:

:+favlove: [ Help us design our upcoming free MMO avatar-world game! ] :+favlove:
[ Everyone who's in the know -- THANK YOU for your support!! ]


(I'm the derpy leader of our team and game! Please let me serve you.)
(Our Facebook is the most updated site at the moment!)

I'm very sorry to announce that the English version of TinierMe (AKA "TM") is closing on Dec. 9th, 2012!! :forgiveme:

I couldn't believe this was ever going to happen. We're all still stunned. I'm very upset that everyone's loyalty, diligence in putting together Dream Selfies, kind trading, and community-building are all cut off by this...

Alongside petitioning for TM to stay online, the TM community's biggest wish is to remain together. Let's make it happen!

For six months now, my über-talented team and I've been developing Skye: Endless Realm, a free online multiplayer world like Gaia Online and TinierMe.

We are Heart Level Up - the world's first humanitarian game studio.
- - - - - - - - - - "You play. We give. Game for good." - - - - - - - - - -

We'll be releasing character designs, concept art, story sneak peeks, game features, etc.!
Chat us anytime on our social media pages.
It's mostly me (your muddymelly) talking right back to you! :]

:star:   [ 1. Exclusive Pre-Game Offer For TinierMe Users! ]   :star:
[ Updated / edited  @ 5:08 PM EST - to include new information ]

  1. :star::star-empty: - Send in your username [optional] and e-mail address here! I'll remember your info - and...
  2. :star::star: - When Skye goes live, I'll e-mail you code(s) for an exclusive item package!

"What is this?" FAQ for this form here.

[ Note: For people who used the previous form where you can submit your Selfy image file ] - I've been saving all the Selfies I've gotten in my Google Drive. I'll put them all online in a special blog post on our Tumblr with your usernames so that people can visit and remember your Selfies!

I know you all spent so much time and care on making the perfect rooms, Dream Selfies, and outfit collections. TinierMe was a place to live out a creative and giving extension of our lives online. I want at least some of your efforts to remain online where people can admire them.

:reading:   [ 2. "Why Is TinierMe Closing?" - Theories From Users ]   :reading:

[ EDIT ] Nov. 15th, '12 @ 10:03 PM - An AMAZING post on TinierMe about the closing and all the events behind it, by the famous user, Sleep. Please read this for the best and most up-to-date real information!

Here are some other things I've heard from users so far... Please correct me if I'm wrong!

  1. TinierMe has "Gachas" - random virtual vending machines (you get clothing, accessories, backgrounds...)
  2. New Gachas are released every month/week or so!
  3. Gachas are super popular to play and take cash only, not in-game gold
  4. If you win a whole set's worth of items, you get a VERY exclusive item
  5. This super bonus reward motivated many people to diligently play Gachas
  6. In Japan alone, minors individually spent over $5,000 (in ¥) on TinierMe digital purchases!
  7. ^ This wasn't parentally-approved...
  8. Asian-parent-mode activated (I know what it's like - my Mama & Baba, bless their hearts = super Azns)
  9. Official complaints were filed!
  10. Japanese TinierMe had to do something...
  11. So they took away the prime incentive of playing Gachas -- the ultimate rewards...
  12. People stopped playing the Gachas as much as before
  13. Profits decreased noticeably
  14. The American version of TinierMe suffered as well...
  15. -- So GCREST America (who runs TinierMe's servers in America) raised item prices by 300%!
  16. Players boycotted paying such high prices
  17. More profits lost... GCREST found it difficult to keep up operational costs
  18. Then... the sudden announcement of "TinierMe is closing on Dec. 9th, 2012"

[ Please feel free to contribute more to this story! ]

:reading:   [ 2b. "How Can I Save My TinierMe Account/Items?" - FAQ ]   :reading:

Q: "Can't I migrate my items and account onto the Japanese TinierMe site?"

A: This is a good idea - but unfortunately, we can't... The TinierMe database in Japan is on different servers and we can't move our accounts (which are located on American servers) onto theirs.

Q: "When will TinierMe be back up or open again, if ever?"

A: Sadly, I believe GCREST is closing TinierMe indefinitely without concrete plans to open it again... GCREST customer support says: "Although there may be cases when personal information is kept and used to investigate incidents, all personal information will be permanently deleted on the Cancellation Date." -- This leads me to believe that all digital files (clothing, backgrounds, room accessories, etc.) will be deleted for good, too.

Q: "Will TinierMe Trading still be available?"

A: I've been talking with our dear Aikka of TinierMe Trading! Here's what dear Cruithne of TinierMe Trading has to say about what's going to happen:

"As you know, I have a lot of ads on TMT to pay its server cost. For the past few months, google decides to change its way of paying the ads, which in short, reduces the revenue by a LOT. To be honest, the revenue is nearly not covering the server cost anymore, and I don't have that much pocket money to pay it either ^^;.

"So Here's the idea, I'll keep TMT alive at least until end of December. You can still use "comment" feature to keep in touch with TM friends, or whatever you like to use it. I'll see how many traffic TMT gets after TM closes, and then decide whether to move TMT to cheaper hosting or to close it. I hope this solution pleases everyone. Please enjoy our last moment with TM and TMT, it's been nice to meet you all ♥"

:typerhappy:   [ 3. "What Are Game Sites Like TinierMe?" ]   :typerhappy:

Here are some online game sites similar to TinierMe! Avatar-based social game sites like TM and Gaia Online are called "online multiplayer worlds."

Please feel free to suggest more and I'll feature them here! Thank you for your time.

[ Disclaimer ] - To everyone whose avatars I used - I hope it's all right to display your creation here! Please let me know if you don't want your avatar displayed in this journal. Thank you for making your outfit and character with such care so that everyone may enjoy seeing him/her. All images copyrighted by their respective legal owners.

:iconwithstarlikewords: - suggested Solia Online!
:iconpricechi: - suggested Kingdom of Knuffel - Kofk and Roliana!
:iconcreepydream: - suggested Chloria!
:iconilunacii: - suggested OurWorld!
:iconyukioshiro: - suggested Ernya!
Thanks, fellow artists!! :D


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ GAIA ONLINE ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ SUBETA ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ SOLIA ONLINE ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ ZANTARNI ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ MEEZ ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ JAMIA ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ KINGDOM OF KNUFFEL - KOFK ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ ROLIANA ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ CHLORIA ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ OURWORLD ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ ERNYA ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ MIDOREA ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ KINSAKI ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - [ MENEWSHA ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


. . .

[ Please feel free to suggest more -- I know I'm missing quite a few! Thanks!! ]

*These are my AMAZING sister Exrael's avatars! :D

Melissa / muddymelly

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A year ago I wrote this

Now, I wanna to say a BIG THANK YOU for all my female watchers! Thank you all!

And there are you, in the proper order:

:iconprincess-selia: You´re truly a nice girl, a good friend and a great deviantuser. You´re almost too cool for this site!
Soundtrack: Zelda´s Ocarine of Time…

:iconashfantastic: You, the plushie Mistress! Such intelligent girl is also the owner of the most beautiful eyes in all United Kingdom!
Soundtrack: Pokemon Dance Mix…

:iconpanty-pirate: Scott Pilgrim is incomplete without you! You´re prettier than Ramona Flowers!
Soundtrack: I fought the Law - Green Day…

:iconegricci1: Of course you´re great... and looks like the future is bright for you... you deserve it all!
Soundtrack: Ain´t no other man - Christina Aguilera…

:icontdm1: A mysterious girl (as every woman are sometimes) but a cool artist anyway!
Soundtrack: Let´s get this party started - P!nk…

:iconazlyn-blackward: A totally Riot Girl... I love her style for wreack some serious havoc!
Soundtrack: Helena - My Chemical Romance…

:iconsarahcaballeros: Esta menina é uma mulher bonita!
Soundtrack: Vocé virou sausade - So Pra Contrariar…

And here´s the whole group! YOU ARE HERE! by BarehandMaster

Versión es español aquí

Hace un año publiqué esto

Ahora es el momento de decirle GRACIAS, MUCHAS GRACIAS a las mujeres devianteras que me honran con su atención. En serio, que lindas son todas ustedes.

Y ustedes son, en el orden que me honraron con su watch:

:iconfanfridaduncangirl: Tan jóven y tan madura. En serio, eres mucho más inteligente y admirable de lo que más de un despistado pudiera suponer por tu tierna edad.
Soundtrack: Las Batallas - Café Tacuba…

:iconanyauribe: El término "admirable" se redefine al ver el Arte del que eres capaz. A todos los que lean este journal: lo mejor que pudieran hacer al acabar de leer estas líneas es ir a la Galería de AnyaUribe y quedar prendados de sus dibujos. Créanme, es algo digno de verse.
Soundtrack: The Top of The Morning - Mike Oldfield…

:iconvickinky: ¡Ay Nanita, la Parca! Pero ya en serio, esta jovencita si que sabe divertirse, y logra compartirnos en su arte esa auténtica locura por vivir.
Soundtrack: Enter Sandman - Metallica…

:iconberemod: ¡La muestra viviente de que compaginar el amor por devianART y unos estudios exitosos es posible! Eres el tipo de persona que le hace falta a este site... ¡que digo, le haces falta al mundo entero!
Soundtrack: Nubes - Caifanes…

:iconhilda21: Siempre tan propia para hablar con los demás. Ese estilo de comunicarse es todo un manantial en este desierto de memes y abreviaturas.
Soundtrack: Mariposa Technicolor - Fito Páez…

:iconjulieness-madness: He aquí a una persona con talento... nah, corrijo: He aquí a una persona con un ENORME TALENTO ¡Sus dibujos -del personaje que sea- son casi imposibles de distinguir de la fuente original! ¡Así de grande es ella!
Soundtrack: De música ligera - Soda Stereo (versión en Directo)…

:iconelialeazul: y :iconrot-lunatik: Aprovecho que son tan unidas amigas para mencionarlas juntas. Ustedes dos son un auténtico Ying-Yang, y eso es lo que las convierte en personas tan especiales. Eli: tu eres lindísima y talentosa. Rot: tu eres una chingonsísima ¿que no?
Soundtrack: Mujeres Divinas - Vicente Fernández…

:iconjean-kirschstein: Talento para dibujar OC´s de Sonic a más no poder. ¡Chequen sus personajes, son de lo más interesantes!
Soundtrack: Dreams of an absolution Remix - Sonic Team…

:iconsl-k: ¿quieren conocer a una artista capaz de expresarse igual de bien por escrito que en sus dibujos? ¿quieren conocer a una estudiante que pudiera ser demasiado buena para el sistema educativo nacional? Pues no busquen más lejos.
Soundtrack: Team Fortress 2 Main Theme…

:iconcampanitaaa: Tan dulce y encantadora como el personaje del cual toma su nombre. ¡Lo de ella si que es talento para usar los lápices de madera! ¿no conocen su obra? ¡de lo que se están perdiendo!
Soundtrack: Fly to your heart - Selena Gomez…

Pues allí estan todas... ¡si, aquí están todas! YOU ARE HERE! by BarehandMaster a todas ustedes, una vez más GRACIAS
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  • Reading: Cumbre Tajín Playlist
  • Watching: SIMPSONS... and youtube
  • Playing: me urge volver a jugar &quot;Little Nemo&quot;
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I post stuff here, on fetlife, and on tumblr. Well, I used to - now I hardly do at all.

Not because of copyright. I understand that when you post something on the internet, you're posting it for everyone to look at, and it's going to get shared around. But the comped-up piece of shit you see above (minus my commentary) is all over the internet - it's far more widely distributed than my original version. Back when I used to read my messages here and on Fetlife, I had 12-20 messages per day about stuff like this. Mostly it was people trying to be helpful and telling me "HEY! Look over here, there's another person who smeared shit all over your art!"  And it used to take me an hour every morning to cut and paste URLs into DMCA requests to get this kind of crap taken down.

Welcome to the Internet - 1 by mjranum

But that's really only the tip of the emotional iceberg for me. About 1 in 10 times that I post a DMCA I'd get a message from the person who had posted it. So not only would my inbox be filled with woe from all the copyright violations, I'd get a breakdown approximately as follows:
10% You #*!@&^!ing @#*&!@! I hope your !&*!&^# falls off and you die of cancer!!!
30% By posting an image on the internet it's in the public domain (followed by 3 pages of complete wrongness about copyright)
30% You can't make me stop! Nyaa nyaa nyaa fuck you nyaa nyaa!
20% A lecture about how mean and rude I am
5% A genuine apology
5% Well, I like it anyway, so in spite of your having complained to me and explained why you don't like it, is it OK if I keep it up? (completely clueless in other words)

Understand, as I do, that that's a small percentage of a small percentage of all the people who share my images around. But with the size of the population on the internet, it's a large number in total. On a site like Fetlife, that equates to about 100 threatening or angry emails a year. Yeah, it really makes me feel appreciated.

I set that against the times when someone comes up to me at a conference and says "dude, I love your photography!" or I get an email from someone asking please please please for a high resolution version of the file because they want to make a big print of it and frame it for their sweetie. Or, the occasional emails where someone thanks me for my stock photography helping them get a cover gig for their first book cover. Those are great. I love those moments. But they sure as hell aren't as often as the angry, petulant, bratty, or downright snotty lectures I get from ignoramuses who want to hide behind their personal interpretation of copyright law (which, by the way, is universally wrong) or who are incapable of saying "I'm sorry."

Welcome to the Internet - 2 by mjranum

Let me tell you a true story: one of the better online friends I made on Deviantart is someone I got to know because they ripped off one of my artworks and photoshopped on it (brilliantly) to turn it into a photocomposite. I told them they couldn't do that, and they said they loved my stuff, and I suggested they use a different image - here - ... and we were off to the races. We've been swapping ideas and I've been shooting custom stock for them ever since; It's a positive and nurturing creative collaboration.

You see, I'm not some ogre. I want to get my art on just like you. But I am increasingly feeling backed into a corner. I got into doing the wet plates because a) it's cool  b) I get to work with nasty dangerous stuff  c) it looks awesome   d) you cannot duplicate a plate; it's a unique artwork. I started doing wet plates in order to protect myself emotionally and to protect my art. Oh, want to know how that turned out? Some cheese-brain was taking the scans I post of my wet plates and removing my art from them, so he could use the edges in his images because, yeah, they look cool!! He. Threw. My. Art. Away. Because. The. Only. Part. That. Was. Useable. Was. The. Edges. I almost offered him a wet plate so I could get his address and go talk to him about it face to face.

These are the emotional trade-offs I'm up against. I've finally had to confront the fact that if I want to keep posting stuff on the internet, I'm going to have to utterly concede to the faceless horde out there. I will have to either stop altogether or give it all away. Not just give it away technically, give it away emotionally. And that's the problem: if I don't care, it's not going to be any good.

Submission - 1 by mjranum

If I didn't give a shit how my photography looked, I wouldn't give a shit about someone photoshopping their bad high school poetry over top of it. I wouldn't argue with them. I'd just have to lie there and take it, and I know that eventually it's going to mean creative death for me. Perhaps where I am headed is toward making photos just for myself, and not sharing them with anyone. That's sort of where I am, already. I have boxes and boxes of wet plates on a shelf over at my studio. There, they sit. I have tens of thousands of digital images on my hard drive(s). There, they sit. I am frozen at the perfect apex between anger, disgust, and the desire to quit.
  • Mood: Torment
  • Listening to: My computer fan
  • Watching: my laptop
  • Playing: at being human
  • Eating: as little as possible
  • Drinking: tea
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