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opifan64

aka Eric Fan and has been a part of the Threadless community for 6 years, 11 months! opifan64 has scored 17566 submissions, giving an average score of 2.66, helping 928 designs get printed.

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  • melmike said:
    opifan64 said:
    radiomode said:
    melmike said:

    man, if throwing someone a few bucks because you like their work and think they're worth it is degrading, then I must not understand what degrading means.

    It is because tipping is connotative with poverty.

    I wouldn't feel degraded if someone gave me a tip on a t-shirt sale. I'd feel pretty touched and thankful that they decided to throw a bit of extra support my way. It's a small gesture of patronage. Anyway, artists in the past used to survive due to the generosity of patrons. Should Michelangelo have felt degraded because his art was completely supported by patrons?

    I think their reasoning is that tipping is generally associated with people like strippers, waitresses and busboys. In other words, the lowest rungs on the employment ladder. Personally, I do see this new feature more of a kind of artist patronage. By comparison, I give $1 a video to a couple of people I really like on Youtube through a site called Patreon. I'm not denigrating them by doing so. On the contrary, I'm showing them that I value what they do, and am rewarding them financially so they can at least continue, and perhaps do much more.

    That's how I look at it. I've supported some cool online comics because I wanted to see them continue and thought the artists were doing something interesting, but not necessarily something that was going to make them a ton of money. They were doing it for the love of it, and I believe that kind of stuff deserves some patronage. I don't see them asking for support as "panhandling" or something they should feel ashamed of.

    posted 19 hours, 5 minutes ago in Hey, Threadfriends! By now, many of you have...

  • 35 cents is pretty brutal. I sell lots of shirts on Redbubble and make $4.23 per shirt. How do they manage it?

    posted 19 hours, 22 minutes ago in Hey, Threadfriends! By now, many of you have...

  • radiomode said:
    melmike said:

    man, if throwing someone a few bucks because you like their work and think they're worth it is degrading, then I must not understand what degrading means.

    It is because tipping is connotative with poverty.

    I wouldn't feel degraded if someone gave me a tip on a t-shirt sale. I'd feel pretty touched and thankful that they decided to throw a bit of extra support my way. It's a small gesture of patronage. Anyway, artists in the past used to survive due to the generosity of patrons. Should Michelangelo have felt degraded because his art was completely supported by patrons?

    posted 19 hours, 33 minutes ago in Hey, Threadfriends! By now, many of you have...

  • okay, yikes... those are some punishing numbers.

    posted 20 hours, 41 minutes ago in Hey, Threadfriends! By now, many of you have...

  • How is it degrading? Making a living as an artist is tough, but art enriches the world. That's why governments offer arts grants and funding. A tip is just a nice way to support an artist in a small way. It's not the equivalent of panhandling because the artist isn't specifically asking for a tip or expecting it.

    posted 21 hours, 35 minutes ago in Hey, Threadfriends! By now, many of you have...

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