The Great Orphan Works War
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A word from wotto: This tee has heart. If you are an artist or enjoy art in any way you should own this shirt. Read why below.
You have skills, how did you acquire them?
I've been drawing since I was old enough to know a pencil wasn't just an effective sibling torture device. I also made it through my junior year of art school and have been lucky enough to make my living as an artist/tattooist, so I'm always practicing in one way, or another.
So tell us how you developed this T-shirt design, what was the starting point?
The Orphan Works Act is a piece of legislation that kind of got slid under the radar and could make it very difficult for creative professionals to protect their works. At the very least, I predict the already over burdened courts will be flooded with a lot of "gray area" lawsuits, with copyright holders trying to protect their rights. It's also, ironically, just made the rebel street artists, who have traditionally flaunted laws and copyrights, legit.
Case in point, Shepard Fairey and the disputed AP photo of Obama that became his HOPE print. Either way, it goes to show how much, artists in this country need a voice in the capitol. Most other countries have art ministries and look at art as just as important as housing, defense, etc..
Which T-shirt do you wear the most?
I'm embarrassed to say, I have an old Southern Comfort tee shirt, worn as hell and falling apart, but I love that shirt!
Name one artist you think is underrated?
Basil Gogos (look him up).
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Aww geez. I grew up with James Tiberius Kirk and his crew, but I remember the excited feeling of sitting in the movie theater to watch Star Wars (yes, the 1977 one) with my brother and grandmother and coming out of there forever wanting to be Han Solo when I grew up.
Which 5 famous people would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
Leonardo DaVinci, Robert Rauschenberg, Albert Einstein, John Wayne and Jesus Christ
What book would you suggest for people to read?
Sun Tzu's "The Art of War"
Who has been the best client you have designed for?
I did a couple of funny tee designs for Urban Outfitters, that should be out in a few months.
Who would you most like to dance with?
Carlton from "Fresh Prince". He might actually make my moves look good.
What plans do you have for 2009?
I plan on really getting back in front of the easel and putting my painting career back on track. I'm still going to design shirts and tattoo part-time, but the canvas has been calling and I've spent almost an entire year recharging my impetus and remembering who I am and why I do this crazy thing we do.
What animal would you be re-incarnated as and why?
A Shark. "nuff said.
Whoʼs portfolio website do you envy?
There's a whole lot of those, but my standout has to be Chet Zar.
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