There comes a time in an artist's life when they can't use the pennames that they created back in highschool~
Hey everyone! This is definitely a huge update, and I figured instead of creating a Barenstein Bears controversy (as fun as that sounds!), it was only fair to update all of you on what's happened. Before I do, I'd like to dive into the history of this profile:
Black Rose Seduction is the name of a personal comic I'm working on. It features kinky chapters of the mother comic, Elegance, in order to separate the two themes. I made dual names because I really enjoyed imagining both sides of Elizabeth's shop as two worlds. I wanted an online gallery to post all of it in with a good interface so that I could share it with people that wanted to see it. That's what this profile was for when I made it.
This page was never meant to be an art handle, a business, a commission page, or reach any level of fame whatsoever. I started taking commissions after a while, and the name sort of stuck as the name that others knew me by. I always felt this was a little strange. Blackroseseduction is not only a mouthfull, but it doesn't really say anything about me. Theres's also been a lot of confusion over my visual identity on the profile due to the mixed themes with my comic, my commissions, and personal works. The profile has gone through a couple identity crisis...es? is? That's the basic history.So what happened?:
I realized recently that trademark law covers a brooooaaaad spectrum of things, and among those, art handles, usernames, etc. and existing trademarks protect against even similar names if you're in a similar industry. With how much I've grown as an artist, having a generic name like this that's also trademarked by a long page of similarly named businesses is risky. Since I'm out there now, it's time for a name change.
And I've wanted to do this for a while anyways. At the very least, I've wanted to brand the page more towards an artist handle. My name is Rosie, and a lot of people refer to me by BRS. Put the two together, and it creates a name that's way more distinct/less likely to cause confusion. It seemed like a no-brainer. I've hired help to check it out, and this seems like the best fit. Please refer to my profile/handle by that from now on.Some things that have changed:
What won't be changing:
- My "logo" (If you can call it that. I don't really use it as a logo in the traditional sense and not many people even know the old one existed)
- My username (across any platform related to this page)
- My signature (AKA the link at the bottom of my works. Old links will still lead you here, because DA is nice like that)
Things to consider:
- The rest of the profile, including gallery (Old works are out there. Can't do a thing about it. Enjoy your vintage Rosie-BRS works!)
- Anything that's not related to my business, art service, etc.
- If you tag me in a work on DA now, you need to use the updated username! (edit: it told me when I changed names that mentions wouldn't work, but it seems they do. Still though, use the new name!)
- While DA is nice about automatically redirecting traffic to my new url name, other platforms may not be. I know Patreon and Tumblr don't.
Lastly: I understand some of you may be concerned and have advice, workarounds, etc. that you'd love to pitch. I'm asking that you don't. Please trust that I've looked into my options and made the decision that works best for me. Change stinks sometimes, but you have to find opportunity in it.
When life gives you lemons, make something out of them!