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midnightentity replied to your post: Why is everyone copying your photobenefit for Empires idea? JS OK.
i love you so much and damn girl if it’s copying anyone should be PROUD AS SHIT to copy you, i know i am. well-spoken and the epitome of on-point.
You’re the best, Kati. Seriously. Does this weirdly passive-aggressive post mean you’re putting up prints? I haven’t been on Tumblar lately bc irl but if so kindly link me to them. BUT FOR REAL. I don’t think it’s copying. I can’t even type that word without rolling my damn eyes. Tom Conrad has been selling prints to help fund his music career from the get-go, so if anything he’s the inspiration behind the whole idea. IT’S NOT MY FAULT THAT THIS FANBASE HAS SOME REALLY AMAZING ARTISTS, OK. And you’re one of them.
Copying? Lol. Is this the fifth grade? This is about to get long.
I thought of a way to help my favorite band out because they’re perpetually broke as shit and they’re good dudes. Their fans/my friends then went out of their collective way to buy said prints FOREMOST to help the band, and also because they like my photos. First of all, I’m always really touched that people would want something I made. That’s pretty much the pinnacle of amazingness for me. And secondly, I think it’s fucking awesome and indicative of the kind of stand-up people Empires fans are that they’d move mountains to help the band out. I didn’t trademark the idea. I don’t deserve credit for other people’s generosity and kindness. This isn’t a contest or something that can be ‘copied.’ It’s enough that people like what I do, and that I can send a little piece of Empires shows to fans all over the place - from someone who’s seen them a million times, to someone who lives in the UK or Seattle and has never been able seen them live - and at the same time try to help out a band who’s given all of their fans so much.
One time Tom and I were talking and he said I’d never know what it means to them that I do these benefits because it’s the difference between sleeping in the van one night or getting a hotel and actually being able to have a hot shower. I know they’re not lol starving kids in Africa, but it touched me. Honestly I don’t know many people these days who are getting rich doing what they really love to do. The fact that they’d rather sleep in the van because they’re broke than not tour because they don’t have the money just makes me want to do more for them. They’re doing it for the right reasons, and so are the photographers who’ve embraced the idea of selling their art to benefit this band we all love.
Just saying, ok.