yo, spooningwithdemons, i assume you got this off my twitter, but for the record there’s a nicer version on my tumblr.
dont repost artwork, ok? maybe you are young & dont know better, in which case im here to tell you that youve done a kind of shitty thing to me, but it’s fine if it doesnt happen again.
but if youre a repeat offender & dont believe youre in the wrong, this next part is for you.
to all reposters: even if you think you think youre making important curatorial decisions on behalf of your followers, i can assure you that you’re actually doing everyone a disservice. reposted art is always inferior to the original source— if not on an ideological basis then on a practical one.
for starters, reposters don’t have the high-res file, which means that whatever edits made to the stolen image can only decrease its quality. this repost is a perfect example, because it was likely lifted off my twitter, which hosts lower-res, compressed images. it’s also been cropped way too closely — probably to fit tumblr’s aspect ratio — so now it looks like shit. reposts degrade the original artwork.
secondly, and this is just a personal observation, but ive found that reposters tend to have undeveloped tastes in general. the comments they leave add nothing to the work, their edits are incongruous w the image, etc. my hypothesis is that the same lack of standards that allows them to disregard the original source also causes them to miss small, aesthetic details. using this repost as an example: the original twitter image featured erwin & levi facing each other. this was not an arbitrary decision; it pulled viewers into the centre of the image & made for a balanced composition. but for some reason this edit reversed their facing directions — maybe because the editor wanted to leave their own creative mark, but probably because they didnt think it’d make a difference — and in doing so they fucked up the whole thing. in short, people who repost art also tend to ruin art in various ways.
and finally, reposting pisses artists off, steals their livelihoods and makes them more likely to stop sharing their work online. so while they do propagate existing artwork, reposters actually hinder the creation of new, publicly shared artwork.
dont repost, and dont stand for reposting. capiche?
(and thanks to ackchou for looking out for my stuff!)