Flipping Google the Bird

June 18, 2009 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment


Gary Taxali flips Google the Bird

As someone who works with artists a lot, I know what a drag it is not to have your time/work/skills valued. Here’s a great post on illustrator Gary Taxali’s response to the idea that art isn’t real “work”, and artists should be thrilled to give it away for the “exposure,” and the rebellion he inspired. (Click on the illustration to visit Taxali’s website, which is unbelievably cool.)

That said–as someone who works with artists a lot, respect is a two-way street. The reason you hire me to do the things I do for you is that, for whatever reason, you can’t.

Maybe you’re not capable, maybe you’re too busy. But seriously–just as you create art to feed yourself as well as provide spiritual sustenance and make the world a better place (blah, blah), arts administrators, publicists, tour managers, etc. do the same things for the same reasons. 

If you’re not going to donate your time and talent to enriching another company, I’m probably not going to donate mine to enrich you. If everyone valued everyone else’s contributions to it, the world would be a much more splendid place.


Entry filed under: Arts from not-Vancouver, Uncategorized.

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