I am fucking livid. Back in about February or so, this woman asked me to commission a piece of artwork for her. I did, and she loved it…
Fast forward to today.
I get an email from her again saying, “This is really random, but my husband and I have found some other artwork that we think will fit better with our decor in our living room to hang above our fireplace. I know you were crazy about this piece and you had a lot of people that liked it. I was wondering if you had any interest in buying it back and reselling it for a higher price? If not, no worries, I just felt like I should ask before we try to sell it.”
First off: Are you shitting me?
Second: You’re basically asking me for a refund, and not just a refund, you’re asking me for buy it back from you at the price I sold it to you so you can buy different artwork that you think goes better with your space. You’re basically asking me to buy new artwork for you. NO.
Third: I do NOT do refunds for artwork. How FUCKING DARE YOU even ask or suggest that. Do I look like a fucking walmart where you can just return any little thing if it doesn’t go with your shit. That is NOT how artists work.
I’m an artist. I’d like to think i’m a pretty good one… and that email just made me feel like a failure. As if my self esteem weren’t already a little fucked at the moment. It is so fucking offensive and unacceptable to ask the artist that sold you a commission piece of artwork to buy it back. Especially so you can afford to go buy different shit. FUCK YOU. After I sell you something do with it what you like, but DO NOT ask me for a fucking refund or to by it back from you. un-fucking-acceptable.
If you want artwork that you can return, go to fucking Pottery Barn, you uppity bitch. Fuck you and fuck off.
If you read this, please reblog it. I want other people to see that something like this is not acceptable. Respect the artists.
Also, if a piece is completed — NO REFUNDS. The sale is finalized once the piece if completed and in your possession.
That’s how it works. You can’t just decide a week or even a year later to ask if the artist who did can buy it back because you don’t want it anymore.
Their job is done! YOU paid for it, YOU bought it, and it YOU wanted it at the time.
Don’t EVER EVER EVER do this guys. It’s highly disrespectful and incredibly insulting to any artist.
If you buy a commission make sure you REALLY want it and are able to afford it in the full price it’s sold for.