Artists and designers and writers spend so much time complaining online about how so few people value their work, that it’s a wonder than any art, design, or writing ever gets done anymore in the world. I’m of two minds on this perennial debate about the value of creativity. On the one hand, if your creative labor was actually worth a good goddamn, someone probably would’ve offered you money for it by now. Then again, the internet has conditioned us all as consumers to expect everything for free, meaning no one pays to consume the traditional outlets of artistic or media production anymore, leading to those groups having less money to pay for said work to be produced. The result is an increasingly shrinking media economy with fewer opportunities for work, deflating what artists and so on can charge. (Shout out to the Chicago Sun Times). On top of that we’ve got an emerging generation of special little snowflakes who don’t want to get real jobs who end up happily filling the non-paying vacuum because they want exposure. Next thing you know we’re all cannibals roving the streets in spiked football helmets fighting over hunks of rotted meat. More or less.
Long story short, people don’t like it when you tell them their work is valueless, which is why this new Tumblr All Art No Pay is an enjoyable read. It’s a series of reactions to the seemingly endless stream of Craigslist posts looking for people to work for free, and anyone who considers themselves a creative type (don’t ever say that out loud however), will find catharsis in the reactions to the listings.
Here are a few of our favorites, none of which we paid for.
Wait, you mean I’ll get access to my own artwork I created for your commercial gain to use in my portfolio to show the next asshole who wants to exploit my talents? Your generosity is only surpassed by your totally-not-creepy interest in Dobermans.
Well, I will never work you for… for any reason… in any medium… for forever.