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Stolen Fursuit Head…

I saw this today on Facebook (it was being shared via  friend)- and I figured I would share it here. I guess there has been a Fursuit head stolen from a table at FC (Further Confusion) located in San Jose, California.

The people who made the head/ were displaying it are asking the Community for its safe return. They are asking people to contact the con staff if they see it or if anyone has any information on it :/

I understand that there are people that really want a fursuit…and there are people that really need money as well, but stealing is NEVER okay, and if there’s anything I hate more in this community it’s a thief. So, lets help catch the person who did this and get this Fursuit head back to it’s rightful owner please.

Thank you.

 

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Dear Artists…[Discussion]

These two posts have been getting a rise out of the Furry Community, and I can see why…

Basically, as the image says…a person tried to make the point that, if they pay for artwork of their character…that finished product now belongs to the customer, and, they in turn can do whatever they like with it…this includes removal of watermarks and signatures. Whether or not the original post was written by the “Martin Lindorff” shown above, it is pretty obvious he supports this message saying that if he gets artwork with a watermark on it…he will ask for a refund.

Now, here is my two-cents on it:

Being something of an artist myself as well as a customer…I can understand a few sides. But, the point being made up above is just…ghastly. It is terrible, and it makes me angry just looking at it either way.

So…when you pay for a piece of artwork, you are paying for something that someone has taken time and effort to make for you. As mentioned in my blog about a good artist- complicated pieces take time, have multiple stages of development…and, even if that customer did not get any WIP sketches for approval, they still ended up with an amazing finished product that they want to show off to their friends! So, is removing the watermark okay JUST because they paid for it? NO!!!!
Just like artists of old had their own signatures and tags for their particular art pieces…so people too have signatures and watermarks that said that they created this. It’s not so much advertisement as it is the fact that they are proud of their work, they want the world to know it was them who made it…and not to mention…art thieves…are thieves are EVERYWHERE!

I’m not even kidding. You find one piece of artwork that does not have a watermark or signature and then suddenly there are 10 people or more claiming that as their piece, and tracing it to make a quick buck and/or snagging it to slap on T-shirts that they can sell at a Furry Convention…this stuff is NOT okay.

So, if you don’t like signatures on your art or watermarks for that matter…then just don’t buy art. Draw your own, get just as good as those other artists, and then deal with having YOUR art stolen because you don’t feel like signatures and watermarks are worth it.

Now granted, the guy did say he would not claim the art for his own…so, I’m not saying that he would personally be a thief, but, I am saying that other people would do that. And it’s the guy, by erasing the watermark or signature, that started that vicious cycle for that art piece IF it gets stolen. I also have the feeling that the person who wrote this has never really had a character stolen and misrepresented which is why he doesn’t even seem to think that others would take his character and then give him a bad rep because of how they might use it.

*takes in a deep breath*

The guy compares himself to a walking billboard…and you’re right, that’s how you might be. But honestly…if a person does a great service and a great job, then I don’t mind showing off their work. Talented people deserve to be recognized for what they can do…and it’s not like it affects me that they get a few new customers because someone like the picture I posted SO MUCH that they too would like one from the same artist. It actually makes me feel honored, and I’m not even the person who made the piece of art! That a picture representation of my character would look so awesome or so beautiful that someone might want one too…that’s an amazing feeling, and, keeping it all to yourself like that…it’s selfish.

You also have to take into account that sometimes, art is the only way that these people LIVE. They NEED that advertisement because their artwork pays their bills, pays for their groceries, and etc. So it’s pretty hateful and pretty pathetic that you would deliberately make them unknown and deny them their meal ticket. It’s not like they are scamming people…they provide a service people want, and thus, they deserve to be known and credited for that work that they did.

Also, it’s not like it hurts you to type out an artist’s name when posting the artwork. If you’re showing it off on FA or DA…you type it into the description and you never have to fuck with it again. You don’t even need to attach the icon of the person if you don’t want to. So long as you give the artist’s name…well, people have Google and they can figure it out.

Now…on the point of the customer:

I will agree that some artists have watermarks that take up the whole fucking picture…and that (I think) is ugly and annoying. I don’t mind a watermark in the corner, or even a small signature. But, when the watermark covers the entirety of the page, it really takes away from the drawing itself. I understand the purpose of the watermark is prevent theft — but, while I will say that giant watermarks are ugly…as a customer, if I don’t like the way someone does something, I just don’t buy from them. It’s as simple as that. The second picture where the guy says any watermarked art would require a refund for him…well, that’s stupid. Before you buy art, you’re supposed to look at other pieces of work that the artist has done. Know what it is that you are paying for…

If they have a watermark on all their other art pieces…then chances are that your piece will also have a watermark. Also, keep in mind that some artists provide a watermarked version of their art (for posting online), and then an un-watermarked version for personal use…so, those people with the giant watermarks that take up EVERYTHING…sometimes they just post the watermarked version online, but, the customer would receive a cleaner version.

All around, this man’s behavior and attitude is insulting to artists…and the hard work they put into their trade. I have seen beware posts on the Martin guy already, people telling artists not to accept commissions from him…and honestly, part of me feels like it is fair. To re-post this and have little to no respect for the artists that sign their pieces and are proud of their work…I wouldn’t want him editing my art either. I also would not want my art going to someone that acts like it really means so little to them. And I sure as hell would not give that guy a refund for a finished product just because I signed it.

*Sighs* What a way to start of the week, eh?

But, let me know your thoughts on the matter. Do you think he was right for what he said? Or do you think he was wrong? Maybe you meet somewhere in the middle? Let me know your thoughts in the comment-section down below. No WYR Wednesday again this week. But, I will be posting more artists features and personal blogs. So, thank you all for tuning in, and, as always, I will see you in the next one 😉

[Edited ALERT]: Virginia Man a suspect in kidnapping a 16-year-old girl

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Zachary Jones aka Kelo (The furry, wingless Dragon) is suspect in kidnapping 16-year-old Kiera Inman aka Aiyana Wolfe

Kelo’s FA Page: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/kelo
Aiyana’s FA Page:http://www.furaffinity.net/user/aiyanawolfe
AMBER ALERT ARTICLE: http://www.khq.com/story/31883629/missing-16-year-old-virginia-man-may-share-unique-online-connection

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***Art by Aiyanawolfe***

So, this news is rather depressing…and it’s another one of those things where the Furry Fandom is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. But, either way…I’m posting this because people need to be on alert for this girl…
Kiera Inman aka AiyanaWolfe (FA) has been missing for over 2 days now. She left her home in Spokane Washington, and supposedly took off with a “Zachary Jones” aka Kelo from Virginia.

Kelo is 28 and Aiyana is only 16…
Though she left on her own accord, that does not mean that she is not in any danger. Her family reports her as mentally delayed and that they feel that Kelo could be very easily manipulating her. Aiyana left her family a note upon leaving saying that she would never come back, and might even be dead (not sure if she is suicidal or not…no one knows the complete story).

The stories go that Kelo is a suspect because of his budding relationship with Aiyana online. They met on a furry website (not sure which one) and they hit it off. Aiyana had even told her friends at school that she was in a long-distance relationship with Kelo. He has been to furmeets around Virginia and might be blacklisted now—people need to keep a lookout as the family has high hopes she will be returned home. Chances of her turning herself in seems highly unlikely…so it’s up to others to tell the police if they see Kelo or the missing girl out in public. There are no leads on where they might have gone.

All I ask if that you read the Amber Alert article and spread the word.


It’s just so sad and depressing that this is how furries are represented. How the family of this missing girl are so worried for their daughter and all they can think about is getting her home, and how she was online talking to people that were “playing out their inner animals” and going by “fake names”.  I always talk about setting the example…and this is where we need it the most.
The fault of one becomes the fault of us all…one person’s bad deeds in the fandom, puts that dark image on all of us and gives the entire fandom a bad name that is met with hostility because these things went on within our forums, on our websites, and etc.

So please…do all you can to spread the word on this man. If you see him, call the police immediately. Lets work together to get this girl home…show that this man’s behavior means nothing as to what a Furry is. People say age is just a number…but a 28 year old man has no business being with a girl that is not even of legal age…

So, if you hear of any updates, please, let me know.

[EDIT]: So…last night I wrote this blog hastily while in a certain “mood”, and let me clarify a few things since I have been getting some harsher words on the matter. YES—the girl in question might not have been “kidnapped” and instead decided to “run away”. I agree that it is her own fault for lying about her age online and then running off with a stranger. But, what it comes down to is: We don’t have the full story, and either way, both of them are in the wrong.
First of all…this guy might have known her age all along. She only changed her age because she draws NSFW which is not allowed on FA unless you are 18+. But, when it comes to her relationship with this guy, she could have very well told him from the start her real age, and then they decided to run away together anyways. Secondly, even if they guy did not know her age and then took off with her thinking she was 19, by now he would have heard or seen the AMBER Alerts, and would know the truth. He should have turned her into authorities by now and given his side of the story, BUT, he hasn’t. And because of this…he is in the wrong. Is it fair that she has ruined his life by possibly lying? Of course it’s not fair…but it happened, and all he can do now is turn himself in, get himself a good lawyer, and either way he is going on the sex offender list. But, say that he knows her age and is STILL in a relationship with her…then either way, that’s considered pedophilia. That is ILLEGAL. So…either way, both people are in the wrong…and this guy should have had the common sense not to just run away with someone he only knew online. No matter what she told him.
So…for those defending him…you’re right. We don’t have the whole story, but, either way he has created a mess for himself. He needs to turn in both himself and the girl ASAP before things get even worse.

DO NOT BUY FURSUITS FROM THIS WEBSITE! [Thieves and Scammers]

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^^^ Is your first instinct saying “WTF?” Well…it just gets worse from here. ^^^

so this blog will not be very long…but, this has been going around for a week already and i think it’s time to finally make a “Beware” category here just for this very reason.
This is a Fursuit…it’s not great quality…but not because it as made by a first-time Fursuit maker or anything like that…this Fursuit was made in china, ordered via  website called DHgate.com // DO NOT BUY FROM THEM!!!

Not only do they produce Fursuits of very crappy quality but all these characters are STOLEN!!! That’s right, they are not original designs! they are based off of Fursuits that have already been made, are already being worn by someone because it is their character…and all you are doing is purchasing a stolen character made derpy because it’s a cheap rip-off!!!

Fursuits are expensive for a reason…like a tattoo…you pay for the quality you want, and the more it costs, the better the quality work you will get! Do not support this site because they are stealing and, in wearing the suit you buy YOU are also stealing as well.
If you have not noticed from my previous blogs…thieves and scammers are not welcomed in this Fandom or in the Community -_-

If you already have a Fursuit and are worried your design might have been stolen, you can either check out the website and search “Fursuit” OR you can check out an FA journal with a list of characters right HERE:

http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/7457746

People have already been looking into how to get rid of these suits, sue the people involved, get them shut-down, and so far, nothing has been working. However, you can help out by spreading the word, warning your Friends, and having them pass on the message to not buy Fursuits from these people!!!

^^ Here’s a video from a furry explaining the site and what they are doing for those looking for more information!

Again, this is a short blog, and something I think needed to get put out there so that others could be looking out for their friends and family, and so that maybe, working together, we can get this operation shut down because THIS IS NOT RIGHT!!!

This is Rune signing out…and as always, I will see you all in the next blog >.>

 

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