Hello, thanks for stopping by and reading. This is my first journal on RB, so first I guess I should introduce how I got here.
I was put onto Redbubble a few years ago by a Couchsurfer friend Katja Foenss who has some wonderful pictures on here. I tried out a few different sites including Spreadshirt and Cafepress, and while I still have those accounts, the various problems with them all (e.g. pay for full access, different sites for Europe/America) led me to settle at Redbubble. Looking back, it feels like the right choice and I’m enjoying being here.
I’ve been quite quiet on the community front so far. It took me a long time to just get into submitting designs, mainly due to being busy with music & writing and only just discovering the magic of vectors last year (late I know!). Releasing my single I Believe In Dinosaurs led me to make a lot of the I Love Dinosaurs Tshirts which have been quite popular, and through that I set up the Dinosaurs group simply because there wasn’t one already. It’s not a huge group and I haven’t been too active myself – it’s main purpose so far has been a calling point for anyone uploading or looking for dinosaur designs, and I’m fine with that. However I recently selected some works as the group’s first features, and I hope to get more involved – both with the Dinosaurs group and simply commenting on the many many awesome works out there on Redbubble.
Lately I’ve been getting more adventurous and creative with my designs, even though they’re mostly very simply vector pieces. I’m still making lots of dinosaurs-related works (my friends think I am a bit obsessed), but they’re getting more imaginative and more fun – some of my recent favourites are the Streetfighter and Brachiosaurus/Giraffe designs.
I’ve also been encouraged to spend more time designing by the rapid sales of the Honey Badger Don’t Give A Shit Tshirt which has been very popular – huge thanks to everyone who has bought one of those (including the team of 13 people somewhere in Canada!).
Being a quiet member so far on RB meant I only found out about the Hipster Hitler kerfuffle recently. It’s not the kind of thing I want to get involved in – I’m certainly not going to go round works and groups getting angry about things – but having a keen interest in politics of all kinds, I felt I should comment on it.
The fact is, I’ve seen the works in question, and I’m staggered it’s caused the reaction it has. Yes, the cartoon and the works are distasteful, either a bit or a lot depending on who you are. But the claim that they “promote” the evils of the Nazi regime, and that Redbubble does too by complicity, is simply not true. What they do is make light (not fun, and there is a difference) of WW2 and the Holocaust. Obviously I’d expect anyone with a personal, emotional connection to either of these things to find the works unpleasant, but that’s all. There’s lots of things on Redbubble I find unpleasant which still have a right to be there.
A related issue was RB removing comments, journals and works that had been made in protest over RB’s stance on the HH works. As a general rule, that’s not cool at all – however, I’ve seen one of these designs, and I can see why Redbubble would feel the need to do this. Drawing a red bubble dressed as Hitler with a swastika in the background is quite simply missing the point (not to mention unimaginative).
As the bigger picture emerges, the outrage appears to be from a tiny and disproportionately vocal minority, and Redbubble appears to be taking a mature and measured approach to the situation. I won’t be going all out and declaring my love for the Hipster Hitler works, but I am glad Redbubble are keeping their heads and not acting in a reactionary way.
Also, a final note, you’ll note I’m not adding this journal entry to any groups! There was a lot of that a while ago and it’s nice to see the posting of unrelated and boastful journal entries has died down.
Anyway, back to the designing. And real life too, I should really get some lunch. Thanks for reading, especially if you got all the way down here.