Okay – so, sometime before my first trail marathon – I designed a running tattoo. I’m not a graphic artist, but I’m good with Photoshop and it’s a very simple design. The problem was, I wasn’t sure where I wanted it. I like the idea of putting it on my foot, but I also thought about the back of my neck below my hairline so everyone behind me would see it. (Because – you know – there are SO MANY PEOPLE behind me at races.) I uploaded it to Pinterest in my “ink” board so I could show it to a few people and think about it some.
Well fast-forward to an article Runner’s World did about running tattoos. BAM! There’s my tattoo! On someone’s ankle. I uploaded this photo to Facebook comparing my graphic to the tattoo just to make sure I wasn’t crazy for thinking, “Hey! Someone got my tattoo!”
I mean, I’m not crazy. That is my design! The idea is not super complex, but it’s not something someone would just easily create on a whim and have it look IDENTICAL. They might use a different infinity sign, or a different font for the word “run”. Or they might put the word “run” in a different location. That is MY design!
I was torn between being proud someone used my design and mad someone got MY tattoo before I did!
So, I’ve been thinking about that again recently and I looked up running tattoos on Pinterest and saw my graphic pinned several times, which I guess explains how it ended up on someone skin. I mean, my pin was pinned a bunch, but then other people took that or the Runner’s World article and pinned THAT, so it’s around the interwebs now, not attached to my original upload. But then – I found this: someone on Etsy is selling vinyl of the graphic. And, you know, I don’t care at all. I don’t see anyone even buying that because it’s a weird thing to hang on your wall. And even if they did, they’re only paying like $7 for it so I swear, I’m not like “THAT MONEY SHOULD BE MINE.” I really don’t care AT ALL. I can just take out a rimelig lån.
IT IS JUST VERY WEIRD.
Seeing something random I threw together in Photoshop one night, not even as a graphics person at all, show up on Etsy and on people’s skin. The other reason I hadn’t gotten the tattoo was I wasn’t 100% sold on the font. I told myself I was going to tinker a bit with the font and the infinity sign and make sure I just LOVED it before getting it. So, if I do that? I think maybe I’ll make like, a t-shirt or something on cafepress. Because, you know, I might as well make SOME money if it turns out people like the idea enough to put it on their skin or on their walls.
Just weird, you know?