Hello everyone! I’ve decided to take the plunge and go to nail school- not full-time or to get a diploma, just for fun and because I want to learn nail art in the homeland of Wacky Nails. Right now, I’m learning acrylic 3-D art. It stinks horribly, like a chemical factory, and the poor teacher has this hacking cough, probably from being exposed to all these chemicals all day. I’m the only person wearing a mask in the class. Yikes.
In less exciting news, someone (in Japan, no less!) has stolen photos of my nail art from my Etsy shop, and is claiming the nails as her own. I’d give her some leeway if those were common designs, but they’re my own original design- it’s not like we got them out of a magazine. But what’s REALLY chapping my hide is that she’s selling them. Yes, she’s selling MY nails that she claims she made. And here’s the real burn: For more than twice what I charge. I have the Facebook screenshot showing her page where she’s ripped off about 10 sets of my nails. Someone asks her, “Wow, did you make those yourself?” and she replies, “Yep :3!” Either I have a Japanese evil twin that I didn’t know about or she’s a scammy liar.
I’m afraid of what her “customers” are going to get when they buy nails she doesn’t have. I’m guessing….those poor people will get Nothing. So she’s using my work to cheat people, which is not cool. I don’t want to be any part of that, however indirectly. Sooo….this means I have to watermark ALL my photos smack dab in the middle. This is going to take forever. Boo for crummy people who are full of crap!
But there’s one thing I’ve learned: you can’t shame the shameless. No amount of name-calling or arguing will make dodgy people feel bad about the scumbaggery they do. It’s a waste of time and energy trying to get them to change their ways, and it’s best just do what you have to in order to stop them, which in this case means endless watermarking of photos.
Phew! I’m off to practice the elusive acrylic 3-D rose!