Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say. Some agree, some don’t. But my issue here is defining the difference between taking inspiration from something and copying.
I’ve filled this blog post with photographs I have with people that inspire me constantly, if you spot yourself, I love you and thank you for making me happy.
The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Some things can be ‘copied’ and it be acceptable; hair colours or styles or clothing as these are limited things created for the masses. There are only a finite amount of colours that hair can be, yours is going to be the same as somebodies. Clothes are manufactured to be bought by anybody, if you see someone in the street wearing the same Primark skirt as you, they didn’t copy you.
But when is it acceptable to be annoyed? If you think someone is copying your style, your hair cut, your makeup, chances are that you copied it (or took inspiration) from somebody else in the first place.
For example, when I dyed my hair ginger and cut it into a bob I saw a lot of other girls doing the same thing. I’m not mad about it, it’s a great colour and style. I copied it from my mum anyway! Or was I inspired by her? It’s all on a giant scale…
I’d find it ridiculous if someone accused me of copying their hair or piercing cause THERE ARE ONLY SO MANY HAIR STYLES AND PIERCINGS TO GO AROUND! You may have changed your hair or gotten a piercing because you’ve seen it on a person you admire or you liked the way it looks.
My defining difference between inspiration and copying is when it’s creativity that’s duplicated.
1.Make a similar or identical version of; reproduce.
2. Imitate the style or behaviour of.
The best example I can think of to emphasise my point is the discussion of tattoo stealing. I’ve been planning and researching this topic for a blog post and/or a YouTube video as I have a lot of thoughts on this topic so I’ll just touch lightly on the subject here.
You have the deathly hallows tattoo from Harry Potter? That’s copied, but it’s okay. You took a photo of someone else’s tattoo to an artist to get a replica of? Is that okay?
I’ll use myself as an example, I have an Alice in Wonderland piece covering both my feet and ankles. If I saw someone else with an Alice in Wonderland tattoo could I accuse them of copying me? OF COURSE NOT! But, if they had taken a photo of my exact tattoo to an artist and asked them for the exact same thing in the exact same place, that’s copying and down right disrespectful.
My tattoo artist worked HARD for HOURS blessing my footsies with the beautiful piece that I’m proud to own, someone else ripping off that work would SUCK.
Stealing art is not cool. Whether it be a drawing, a photograph, a video, a blog post, a painting, a story, a design… I could go on forever.
When is it acceptable to be annoyed? When isn’t it? What do you guys think?
I’d love to have a discussion about this topic. Have you ever been annoyed at someone copying you? Leave a comment and let me know!