Dear Art Thieves, Please Read

I was angsting and hurting and I'd wanted to say so so many things, but Wen came along and with his saint-like patience and words he made it all better in no time, just like always.

This is a repost with permission of something he'd written a while ago.

I don't know how he does it, but he has a way of stringing simple facts and words together, so brilliantly, that makes the world seem so much more forgiving and bearable. He's just amazing like that.


I'm not writing this out of anger or hatred on what you did, so please read (and all those who are interested, please read too. XD)

You don't realize this, but when you steal, you eventually benefit me.

Suppose you get away with it for a month, or a year, and you get plenty of attention on the internet, but guess what? the more attention you get, the sooner someone will report you to me, and report you to the site manager. at which point your account will be suspended, and all the attention you got, will come to me. (pretty bad, right?)

On a bigger note, Is life so long that you would waste such time getting a FAKE reputation? Personally I would spend that time playing a game, or read a book, or something more beneficial to MYSELF. A reputation is pointless if you don't have the skills to back it up, what do you do when someone come asking for a commission? What would you do when a game company come to ask you to join them? What will you say when someone comes asking you to do an interview about your art?

I am an attention whore myself, in the past I did a few silly things to get attention as well, I would shamelessly draw something and give it to someone, even if they never expressed that they would want it, just in hope of getting attention.

But I never thought I want to spend time getting "fake" attention.

Realize that life isn't that long after all, every minute you spent, will never come back to you. We don't know what will happen an hour from now, this may be the last hour of your life, do you really want to spend it in a lie?

It's not easy to live in this time and age, and life isn't an easy or fair thing, we see people getting ridiculous amounts of attention and we may be jealous, but you know what? That's THEIR life. Not yours. Try not to lie to yourself, what is the point of that?

Live YOUR life, get YOUR attention. Maybe you will only get 10 pageviews a day, but that is YOURS. every one of your pageview is worth more than 10 billion pageviews that aren't YOURS.

Be brave, live your life now. Because only YOU can live YOURS. Remember that.

May you get the attention you deserve soon, and may you get what you desire in life.