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Due to the rampant art theft that's been going on here on DA of late, I will no longer be posting any new tattoo art designs on DA, the old ones will be darkly watermarked, and I am no longer granting permission for their use by other people for no charge.

I'm sorry I have to do this... I've always believed that having my illustrations permanently engraved on someone's skin is the sincerest form of appreciation there is, but several unscrupulous individuals have stolen my images for their own use, selling them on the internet as flash, window decals, and god knows what else.

The ONLY company that is licensed to use my tattoo designs for retail sale is Tattoo Johnny (http:.//, and I do get a large portion of the amount they charge for downloading the designs, so if anything, you're helping me out! (And god knows I can't afford to be ripped off constantly by people not giving me any royalties... I'm a long way from rich, lemme tell you.)

Anyway. If you like my designs, please patronize Tattoo Johnny, and NOT any other site you may see using my work.
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ZAviX-Triad Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess that's when not posting your best work is better, unless watermarked.
mmzblaze Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
the highest form of insult an artist can get. hope you can get through the BS your going through.
WSLaFleur Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Amen to that, brother. Represent.
foomf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist

I was looking for you on Google and came up with an apparently-still-active link to your DragonPhoenix image, where the comment text says "Gee, go ahead and take it fer free" ... mought want to change that text if you can.

Hope you're doing well!
HawkZero Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
This happened to :iconiruka-loves-kakashi: not that long ago..

'Cept he doesn't do tatoos.

Nice art by the way.
Sansipi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
That suck when somebody makes money on your works!
ShadowSaber Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah thats the reason I don;t post my raw work or and easy to duplicate works, everything I post is watermarked and copyright portioned ..sorry that happen to you :(
JohnKillinger Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
good to know. your artwork is great, sux you have to stop the tats
Tydin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006
dude?! ppl r stealing ur tats?! how rude!!! they could at least ask!
Omnianimaphobia Featured By Owner May 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
Well glad I got your seekers sigil on my back before all the theft started happening, pretty shitty that people go out of their way to take someone elses design run with it to make money for themselves.
dairyfreeko Featured By Owner May 11, 2006   Writer
DAMN THIEVES! Aw , I was just about to ask to use the Mother keyblade in a fanfic, but I gots no money... ART THIEF DIE TIME!
Osiris-Natia Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
thats a very good idea...sadly I have nothing else to say ^^;
WildMystic Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Thats a shame! people steeling your art to make money!
I know this won't change anything, but I found a deviantart account that post whatv art have been taken. it is here
H3LLB0uND Featured By Owner May 10, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
That sucks about people ripping you off , I dont think you can take any chances with posting your artwork on sites like this without having some kind of copyright protection/watermarks on them at the very least. Especially when the artwork is as good as yours is.

Good luck with your work on tattoojohnny , hope it works out a lot better than here.. Free art is great and all , but it doesnt help the artist in any way. It's only fair to get something back in return for the amount of hours and ideas you put into your work.

Hey would you you mind giving me any details of the thieves website urls that you know of , or any info I can use ? Post them here or send them to me in a note. Thanks. :)
Sky202 Featured By Owner May 10, 2006   Traditional Artist
Truly a shame...
Seikin Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Thats bogus, stupid art theives, I dont have to wory about aving my stuff stolen, Im not quite good enough for people to waste the effort.
Empress-Eerian-Sadow Featured By Owner May 10, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
sorry to hear that you've gotten burned. that sucks, because i really like your work. but i will check out tattoo johnny to see what's there.
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