Friday, April 5, 2013

and speaking of tattoos...


... a lady in Los Angeles wrote to me a few days ago to tell me she was "so enamored" of my sailor Hep Cat, that she'd actually had him tattooed on her wrist! She wrote, "I love him. I had been in search of the perfect, fun cat tattoo", and had found Hep Cat's picture on Pinterest.

Well, I can tell you I was speechless for more than a few seconds at first! Who would've thunk it? Then I sort of screamed (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!) and thanked the lady for the great compliment, as well as for being so decent as to let me know (boo to people who shamelessly copy your ideas and work without first asking, or crediting you!).

When I told the hubs, he said, "Sue her for an arm" -- that's his humour for you! Do you have tattoos, or have you ever loved someone's art so much that you had it tattooed on you? The lady said she would send me better pictures of her new tattoo when it was all healed, so I'm looking forward to that! "Thank you for creating something so lovely that it inspired me to have it forever!" she wrote, which is certainly a sweet, though most unexpected, tribute!

22 comments:

Kim Alston said...

Now that's a fan! HaHaHa No tatoos. Almost once! I think I was thinking about getting two cherries on my ankle or something. Never followed through. It's just not me. I admire the artistry though.

Birdie said...

Yes, she should have asked. Odd that she didn't.

I do have a Snoopy & Woodstock tattoo on my ankle and it want't until I read this post that I even considered copyright!

Pizziricco said...

Wow "permanent" is a compliment! Wot an endorsement of yr creativity. Congratulations, i feel very happy for u, who knows, Hep Cat might be the next big thing, move over Hello Kitty! {:-)

Sulky Kitten said...

A lasting tribute to you and Hep Cat! I'm not a tattoo fan, but he is awfully cute!

Kaja said...

This is great. I can imagine how surprised you were when you saw it. It is really a great compliment for your art:)

Sara said...

ohhhh this is adorable I completly agree, I would freak out at first too XD but hey, your designs are truly amazing and she is a lucky girl for having that tattoo (:

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh my! that is quite a story. he is cute, but not sure I'd think of him as a tattoo!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow, that is truly something! You just never know how you inspire people. This is a great compliment to you.

And I love your husband's sense of humour!

Rosemary said...

Wow, what a compliment, a "permanent" compliment. She's like a walking advertisement for your artwork. That is just awesome!

Venus-Suburbia Soup said...

WOW! This is one of the most greatest compliments I've heard and that's permanent!!!

CraveCute said...

Great compliment. Maybe you can sell your design to tattoo artists around the world!

Jill said...

That is quite the compliment!

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow, this sure is a tribute to you! I wonder if there is any baby crows out there? LOL! I agree, a BIG boo to the people who copy your ideas and don't ask!! I believe in karma ;o) Take Care ;o)

Gloria said...

You made a complete stranger happy and she took it to the highest level. Fantastic! No tattoos for me, though I did interview a tattoo artist for a newspaper story.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh wow you inspired a tattoo!! That's amazing! That's something that not many people can say :)

Jim said...

Hi! Good to meet you and thanks for dropping by today.
I have two tattoos...one near each ankle and are Chinese sayings.
Nice to be recognized I bet....now you can have your own 'brand'!!

sanae (sanaeishida.com) said...

Wow, that's amazing! I have no tattoos of my own, but I love them! To inspire such a commitment is fabulous, Janice :-) your tabbies are pretty darn adorable so I'm not surprised :-)

Claudia Aguilar said...

Oh wow! No tattoos for me! Never done it, never will! But I am sure inspiring a tattoo must be pretty amazing!

TexWisGirl said...

wow, now THAT'S a fan! :)

thanks for stopping by today! appreciate it very much!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The lady's OWN cat looks pretty unimpressed that IT did not serve as the tattoo model. (Cute tat, though)

Almost Precious said...

I'm not against tattoos but they are not for me. I would never be able to decide on a tattoo that I could live with forever and forever - guess I'm fickle! One day my favorite color is turquoise blue and the next it is raspberry purple the day after that it may be sunrise yellow or vivid chartreuse . :)

Beth said...

What a wonderful compliment, Janice! Hep Cat is indeed one cool kitty. I've had several folks ask my permission to use a photo from my blog for their own creative projects...and I've always been flattered and grateful that they asked, as I know many have used my photos without asking. Quite likely, folks will see her Hep Cat tattoo and want their very own Hep Cat. :-)

I loved what your husband said, by the way.

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