Guys, it’s really not even that big of a deal to me and I wish that I had never even made the original post since it has turned into such a big issue. It’s just tumblr, after all. I apologize for any assumptions that I made or accusing The Grand Archives of “stealing” anything. But like I said, if you want to talk to me like I’m an idiot and be a dick about it, please don’t use stuff from my sites. FMSJ, sorry for even getting you involved with it. Your site is great.
And sorry to all the rest of you for having to read this crap!
This is actually cute as fuck. Really shocking, more than anything, that in this day and age someone could post a couple images in 2010 and still be surprised to see them resurface elsewhere three years later. The best part of the whole thing is that because of fatshawnkemp’s popularity, posts tend to get reblogged a lot, which overtime (let’s say three years) places them all over the internet. My only methods of obtaining material worth posting is a) the occasional scan and upload b) searching thru eBay and b) Google. For those of you who do not know, Google is a search engine used to find anything you could possibly want. Wanna learn the best way to wipe your ass with your weak hand? Google has the answer. Wanna find a shot of Jason Williams playing for the Grizzlies? Google is the answer. eBay works in the same way in that it too is a fucking search engine. You put shit in, it spits shit out. Search for “hoop magazine” in eBay right now and you will get 500+ results, half of which are worth posting, and I guarantee that within those 500+ is at least one one those Kemp covers, because oddly enough when Hoop Magazine published that particular issue, they didn’t just print one issue and send it to fatshawnkemp for blogging purposes. They actually printed a lot more than that, so many that there is now an abundance of people who have gone and scanned the cover and put it on the internet for all to witness. Consequently, if eBay is the Rafael Palmeiro of search engines, google is Barry Bonds. If you want to find a shot of Jason Williams in Memphis, you search for “Jason Williams Grizzlies” and what do ya know about a trillion photos come up. Now, the thought of having a faceless blogger try to call me out for finding something on google that he/she had posted three years ago…I feel like I’ve wasted ten minutes of my life trying to figure out how to handle this. All in all, getting upset about seeing something you’ve posted on someone else’s blog is likely tumblr’s most bitched about topic to date, but to have someone like this with an obvious following call me out over a magazine cover that I found on eBay and a card scan found on google…I just don’t get it. What is there to complain about? It’s the nature of the beast. You are literally a victim of the world you have created. I’m not about to explain the whole tumblr culture but obviously the more popular you become the chances of seeing your posts elsewhere become higher. People have been doing this same thing to me for years and I give zero fucks because any retard can go thru google images like I have, so for me to try to lay claim over an image I found on google or scanned in my bedroom is bush league shit. Just because I took the time to sit on my ass and click a button for hours doesn’t make a photo found on google mine, and just because you took the time to find a particular card and scan it and crop it and edit it and upload it doesn’t mean someone else hasn’t already done the same or that someone else won’t do the same in the future, and just because you went thru all that turmoil to bring that photo to the masses doesn’t mean it won’t end up as an unsourced image found on google three years later. This is where I would type out a final kill shot to end it but at this point I am so physically drained from the time spent thinking about this that I can no longer continue to take part. I need to take a nap or something. This was absolutely exhausting.
Dear The Grand Archives, I understand how finding random stuff on google etc. works, I’m not an idiot. Of course I would expect to see my scans pop up around the internet from time to time. If that’s the case in this situation, then I apologize. But my main issue is how you’ve designed your Tumblr page to not show credit when you do reblog something. I’ve actually talked to you about that before. My point is, it’s just frustrating to see images I’ve spent time and money on finding and scanning show up reposted on somebody’s else’s site with little or no credit — and I’m sure others like Full Metal Starter Jacket who are creating their own content and then see it plastered all over your page would agree. Don’t play dumb about it, because I’m pretty sure you know what you are doing. If you think I’m being “cute” or stupid or whatever for wanting credit for my own work, then I’d appreciate it if you didn’t ever reblog anything from Fat Shawn Kemp or Kicks on Cards again.
P.S. I KNOW you didn’t find that hi-res Shawn Kemp Hoop magazine image on eBay, and if you did it was from somebody who just happened to take my scan… It has been edited slightly, but it’s definitely from my original scan…unless Shawn Kemp somehow autographed the same magazine in EXACTLY the same place.
Your distaste for the appearance of my blog is really not enough to make this matter to me. The majority of tumblr just sees what’s on the dashboard, which is why I sometimes unleash like 50 posts at a time, so the exposure is more extensive; it’s far more rare for someone to spend time waiting for someone’s page to load so they can click thru three different pages to reblog a post. That being said, I’m sure there are still plenty of people who do actually look at a blog and its layout. The way I have designed mine is in such a way that it limits the audience to just the image itself and nothing more, because it’s the image that matters, not what time it was posted or how many notes it has. I do this shit for fun, for personal enjoyment. That’s the way it’s been since 2008. I never intended to have a single follower, I’m pretty sure I made this originally as a way to get drunk and talk about how much I loved my girlfriend. It is what it is today thru evolution. I find great enjoyment in the way a simple shot of an athlete can speak to me. So when I look at these images together, the last thing I want to do is clutter it with text. The second to last thing I want to do is worry about what other people think about the way it looks, because I didn’t think about what the most appealing layout would be or how I should style this or that. All I needed was a header and some photos, which is exactly what it is. Totally stripped of anything besides what matters, which is the image, the reason you’re there in the first place. “My blog my rules” is the easiest way to say it. BUT I DIGRESS. Your complaint is that my page does not give credit to the origin of each post, to which I say FALSE. The proof is in the fucking pudding my friend, and you are just too lazy or tired from all the scanning to find it. Sure, it may be “hidden” under a simple click of the mouse, and heaven forbid one must actually lift a finger while they browse my blog, but all it takes is a minuscule click to go to the permalink page which lists the notes as well as the source of the post under every image on the page. I refuse to make it any easier than that, because honestly, if you want to know the source of the image that bad, you should be able to accept the fact that you might have to click a button once or twice and maybe scroll down for a bit, or you can be like the majority and just read the source link under the post on the DASHBOARD. FUCK
Because this is tumblr and everyone is coy as fuck it’s hard to tell what is going on a lot of the time. So let me say this: The Grand Archives is seriously my boyfriend. Obviously I think TGA is the shit and his blog is the reason I ever got on tumblr. I like Fatty and Emil, all those homies. I think the basic premise is that if you find something on google images it’s fair game to post on tumblr but if you find something on google images that leads you back to tumblr you have to leave that shit be. This time it aint about you.
Yo, Fat Shawn, I don’t think TGA is actually stealing from anyone and thinks he is getting away with it, you know? I think he found your shit on google because somebody else stole it from you and posted it without sourcing you. That’s it. I’d also like to point out that there are countless photographers, magazines and editors through the decades that get zero credit on tumblr except they get to see their work resurface, it’s like a shitty blessing where no one gets paid. (Bill Sumner, anyone? Walter Iooss?) A lot of these retro sports blogs are simply love letters to people (artists) working in print media before the internet happened.
The question remains though, how does The Jacket procure such high quality content? The answer to that is none of your damn business because my blog isn’t about who did what and who did it first, my blog is about knocking your ass out and smoking some weed and going out and sucking at life. And that’s the FMSJ guarantee, every post is a brick.