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This Gets More And More Bizarre

My art, apparently as related to this “Art4Love” dude, was featured in an article about him.

The article is titled “New York Multimedia Pop Artist Insures His Own Nuts.”

(Boy, THAT was a take-down-my-art letter I didn’t expect to write today…)

If one chases the sock-puppet defending him on the article, it goes to http://www.officehomes.com/ where it kindly lists yet another phone number for Chad the multi-media artist. All the other numbers are either shunting directly to what I’ll guess is a very very full voice mail, but this one gets me a busy signal, so perhaps I’ll keep trying it.

Tsk, tsk. This thing’s like a hydra. You stomp five heads and there’s another one left…

 

ETA: Mad props to the staff at the Campus Socialite, who got back to me in under ten minutes and promised to pull everything and edit the article—they were just as outraged as you’d expect them to me. I’ve actually granted them permission to use the art with appropriate credit if it’ll help illustrate the issue (pun intended.)

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

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Yep. He needs EVERYTHING insured after the artists get through with him!

Does it matter? He's ruined one thing that can't be insured - his credibility. Nobody will buy anything from him unless they watch him paint it, from blank canvas to finished art, so they know they're really buying a Chad Love piece.

Their edits make the article far funnier.

So true. And you can almost hear them going "rackmfrackmsonofa" as they go through the article.

Why do I forsee a testicle related injury in his future?

He's likely to need money for court somehow...

Yeah, he's probably gonna be facing legal action against him soon - alexiuss has found out that a decent amount of his own work was stolen from this guy, and he's trying to get the money to put up a lawsuit against him: http://alexiuss.deviantart.com/#/d4737e3

Did the image have a caption with your name and website before? I hope that's not their attempt to make you go away!

No, it did not--that's the staff there, with permission, linking back to try and give some credit to the artists so ripped. They were very good about it, and I'm totally pleased with the resolution.

Would it be a bad idea to put a note at the front of redwombatstudio.com that connects to the artwork mentioned on Campus Socialite? As I see it, if somebody sees it there and happens to like it, it would be nice to make it easy for them to buy it from you.

(Or, in more avaricious terms, I think you should take advantage of the free advertising.)

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Except Granito, reprehensible as his stuff is/was, at least did something with the art he stole. (Namely, he copied it. But he didn't just sell it on as-is.)

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Waiting for the edit to the title: New York Internet Fraudster Insures His Own Nuts.

With the edits, it's a great article!
Yup, he's going to get a massive karma sledgehammer to the nuts.

Y'know, I'm in art school right now, and I've been getting weird looks from people when I admit that I don't have any kind of online portfolio. But frankly, this stuff is making me pretty glad that I don't...

BTW, art4love is still up, just hosted in a different place - http://67.90.44.118/canvas_art/wall_art/categorylist.asp?parentid=11&page=1

maybe Kevin can help track it down?

Oh dear lord, they have one of Julie Bell's Dixon's* pieces on the front page now.


*I always do that, dammit.

Edited at 2011-08-17 09:00 pm (UTC)

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I just wish that he didn't fail English too. I mean, it's even more insulting when the fakeass title he gives the piece he stole doesn't even make sense. "All Most Home"? Come on.

I'm about to post to encourage my friends to take a look, and identify any pieces they can, and notify the artist.

If that isn't bad enough, a few pages down there's a picture of Gotham City's Dark Knight, titled "Fat Man."

Somehow, I don't think that'll protect him from DC Comics' lawyers. Neither will re-naming the Supergirl ones "Super Chick."

Their shiny new website has a prominent phone number on it. I am so tempted to call them in order to chew them out.

I wonder if it's possible to inform visa and mastercard of his fraudulent business practice. You hurt 'em when you cut the revenue stream.

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FWIW, here is the tracker site he was using for art4love: http://extremetracking.com/open?login=art4lov

The entire OfficeHome.com website reads like a New York minute shyster huckster smoke and mirrors sales pitch..... there's a lot of photos of 'projects' there... I wonder of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan know that they're one of the firm's happy clients..

hurmnmm I also wonder if anyone has told HGTV that they're endorsing this freak

Edited at 2011-08-17 09:33 pm (UTC)

I tried to tell HGTV, but who knows how much they'll care.

Wow, this is just...specialtacular.