It had to happen and I knew it would.
No one accomplishes anything without eventually getting slapped with a stinking pile of — envy?–
These were in my inbox today:
I usually ignore trolling unless I think I’m dealing with someone who intends to malign my character, in which case I make the thing public.
Until I began Flickr Wednesday this person was content to sit silently through almost five years of art theft because I’ve posted pictures of graffiti when I
joined Flickr in 2010.
I only credit the artist when I know who it is.
Here is my response to the email in the screenshot:
I have no idea what this is about and I don’t care.
What I do care about is setting the story straight because I suspect this is a
build up to a smear campaign.
Again, I don’t know why and I do not care.
If I’ve posted a mural by Diego Rivera, I don’t know which one it is.
I always tag uploads, and if one reads the tags one should see “Urban Art,
Graffiti Art, and/or stickers.
All graffiti and mural uploads go into a set called “Graffiti Art and Murals.”
I never claim the art as mine, I photograph it because I think it’s political speech from the least heard segment of the population.
If I’ve made the mistake of suggesting that any of the mural art on my stream is anything other than a photograph taken by me of a piece of public art then I ask the Flickr membership to forgive me.
If I have suggested in any way that I have the skill to create the mural art that I photograph it was unintentional.
If I post a photograph of a mural and any member knows who the original artist is I invite you to post the name of the artist in the comments section or send me an email.
If I’ve said or done something that any of you find questionable all you have to do is ask me.
You’ll find that I’m as eager to clarify the mistake as you are.
A note in the comments about the artist who drew the mural would be an asset to the post.
The purpose of this post is to offer a rebuttal for anyone who might read that Rob Goldstein is so stupid that he thinks he can get away with passing off a Diego Rivera as his own.