I am going as a trader to the tewksbury medeival festival this year & I want to get a few t-shirts printed for some friend's and family to wear while they are there to advertise my stall.
As i love the green man and as i will be selling some of them, he is the image i want on the t-shirts.
I was mooching on google trying to find some medeival green man images and one of your tile designs was one of the first i found.
I love the image!! It's exactly what i was looking for.
I know i could have just copy & pasted it without your knowledge, but as i want to re-print the image i wanted to ask your permision first?"
I have sent back:
I'm sat here laughing out loud at your comment "I know i could have just copy & pasted it
without your knowledge"...
Tewksbury medieval festival is an event that I've traded at before, I'm a living history
demonstrator & a re-enactor and I am friends with about half of the traders who will be
at Tewkesbury and several hundred people in armour who will be there taking part.
If any of them saw your t-shirts with my tile image on it they would first ask you where
you got it from & secondly contact me to tell me someone had ripped off my design!
I do give permission occasionally for people to use my images - in fact the most recent
was for someone to have my bear tile as a tattoo.
I shall have a think about this but I must say that you've not started off on a very good
footing with me - never mind 'Blessed be' - what about the karma you'd be taking on by
ripping off something that is very personal to me?!
It might just be because I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment with the amount of people I love who are ill and the amount of moving workshops that I'm in the middle of - but am I right to feel p*ssed off?!
Should I just roll over on this?
Or should I suggest that as they are selling green men they take 5 minutes to photograph one of those & have that printed up instead?
What do people think? I'm just about to start a new website for me & Charlie & put up more tile images but I'm wondering whether to bother now...