Support the Underdog: Tuesday Bassen vs Zara
I’ve been privately drawing since the age of 8 and creating graphics on Adobe photoshop since the age of 10. Growing up in an Asian American household, anything related to art and design was seen as a hobby and nothing more. I took my first official art class during my …
I’ve been privately drawing since the age of 8 and creating graphics on Adobe photoshop since the age of 10. Growing up in an Asian American household, anything related to art and design was seen as a hobby and nothing more. I took my first official art class during my junior year of high school and with some convincing from my older sister, I was lucky enough that my parents allowed me to pursue a BFA at the University of Michigan. I spent my entire childhood fighting to prove my dedication and obsession for art and design.
I still feel like I am fighting for a spot in the creative industry, which is why it breaks my heart when large corporations steal original artwork from independent artists. Last week Tuesday Bassen, an award-winning illustrator based in LA, shared a post on her Instagram about how over the past year Zara has been copying her artwork. A quote from her post:
“I had my lawyer contact Zara and they literally said I have no base because I’m an indie artist and they’re a major corporation and that not enough people even know about me for it to matter. I plan to further press charges but even to have a lawyer get this LETTER has cost me $2k so far. It sucks and it’s super disheartening to have to spend basically all of my money, just to defend what is legally mine.”
Tuesday’s post sparked a new Instagram called Shoparttheft, which exposes the various artists Zara has stolen from. It’s time we start supporting and appreciating these independent artists who share a piece of themselves with us through their work. The Great Discontent did an awesome interview with Tuesday about her creative journey. Maybe it’s because I deeply understand the creative struggle or maybe it’s because it’s obvious to me that it’s disrespectful (and illegal..) to blatantly copy from independent artists, but I vow to support independent artists, even on my sad, post-grad budget.
How can you support independent artists?
- Speak out.
- Don’t Purchase cheap, copied work.
- Purchase directly from the individual artist if you like their work.
The next time you are mindlessly scrolling on Tumblr, Facebook, or Instagram and discover an illustration or pin that makes you smile, realize that a human poured their heart and soul into creating that.
All images © Tuesday Bassen
To purchase the work shown: Tuesday Bassen’s Online Shop