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Journal Entry: Wed Jan 11, 2012, 12:42 PM

Hello, dear DA people.  :)  I hate like heck to have to do this, but I'm implementing some changes.  

In order to maintain my sanity, I'll be disabling comments in my new entries from now on.  It makes me sad to do this, but I've been ending up in the front DA page lately (which is awesome!), which seems to be making me a target for bitchy, uninformed, opinionated jealous people (which is decidedly less awesome).

I'm sad because I've come to know so many of you folks really well (Treyos, Smokewithoutmirrors, ChibiButterfly...just to name a few) and I really DO look forward to hearing from you guys.  I'll miss your comments and your input and your wisdom.  :(  

But this other bothers me too much.  I'll admit it; I'm thin skinned when it comes to my art.  I'm proud of my work and protective of it, and when that shines through in my entries (I know it sounds like arrogance, but whatever), I end up with misinformed trolls shouting at me about their "right" to steal my work and crap like that.

It's SO not okay to think that way about original artwork!  I have an attorney.  He tells me what the law is.  We've won several cases (and no, international plagiarism is not okay...except in the case of anime fanart because Japan could give a crap).  I'm a freaking professional here, and I've made it my business to know these things, because it costs me loads of money when I get it wrong.

Also, all the kids who chirp "That costs too much!" when what they really mean is "I don't have enough money to buy that"'s demeaning and annoying and why on earth should I leave myself and my work open to public devaluation like that?  

It all makes my blood pressure go up.  

And people say "Don't take it so personally".  But I DO.  I take it personally because I love my work.  It comes from the heart.  It's part of who I am, and I'm personally invested in it, emotionally, and an attack on my work is the same as an attack on me.

So, if I'm to remain here on DA and leave my gallery up, I'm going to have to shut down the ignorance and abuse, and that means no more comments on entries.  Otherwise, I just can't possibly do it.  It hurts too much to be treated with vitriol because some jealous kids think my art is getting too much attention.  I've paid my dues for over 25 years.  I deserve the damn attention.  

So for all my faithful friends here; if you still want to stay in touch on FaceBook (and chat!  And see what I'm working on before I finish it, 'cause I often post iPhone updates of stuff in progress right from my desk!), just send me a message okay?  Message me (privately) here at DA (I'll see your icon and know that it's really you), I'll send you my private FaceBook name, you can friend me there, and we can still be pals that way.  You guys know who you are.

Peace, love and applesauce.

  • Mood: Unhappy
Skin by Kaiiyra-Chan (modified by merimask)
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Djxyz0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
your work is amazing, haters can go away D:
sorry it came down to this though, but I hope the good comments and attention is worth more to you than those negative ones
keep up the good work <3
rogerlake Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
I love your work!!
blankfaceisclaimed Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
if i actually had a justifiable reason for buying one of your masks, i totally would. i love them, and they are completely worth the money. i just really have no use for a mask.... or really, i don't know what i'd do with it. it's just too special to wear around. i love your art though, it's unique and beautiful, and copying artwork is never justified. who the hell has the right to copy someone's hard work? good for you for speaking up.
celestialsunberry Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Honestly, LOL, your prices seem kinda lowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Greyson-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am new to this deviant art site. and I wanted to tell you that you handled the situation very well. and that if you have paperskin about the more sad of things, i thought that you would also take it to heart when I say. You have my respect for making such a decision. Kudos to you. and your trade. you Truly are an artist of the highest degree.
Azraellis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am new to your work too. Its stunning and made with love and it shows. No, don't be sad any more. We have to be stern and sometimes even, seemingly, cruel at some point or people who don't know limits of any sort, will overstep yours.

We keep thinking "ah it will never happen to me" or "if it happens to me and my art, i will be thick skinned like a dinosaur", but this never happens. I see it all the time lately. People have got used to click and own something, so much that they will know no bounds to the abuse they will cause in order to just shout out their outrage....just because they could not click-n'-own a thing.

You did the right thing. You have the right to deny comments. You have the right to sell your handmade products at the price you believe is right.

Have a nice, joyous, mask making day !
Natakiro Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why whould anyone have anything bad to say about your amazing and beautiful work? This takes sheer talent. People that comment like that are so annoying and trollish; don't they have anything better to do that comment negatively on great art? Your masks are worth the prices. Hand-crafted stuff is more expensive because it takes more time, effort, creativity, talent, and funs; therefore, all of this must be made up into the selling price. ugh! Disabling comments is the best thing to do. I agree with ~PadawanLinea: "too many children, mindless juveniles, and morons"
PadawanLinea Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's the one thing I don't like about Deviantart--too many children, mindless juveniles, and morons. It's unfortunate that you'll lose the advice, praise, and critiques, because you definitely deserve all of those things (you're work is very stunning!), but good for you for taking a stand!
Dirrupted Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
when you are original!! anything else is crap value!!! so fkc up!! (and sorry for the bad mouth here), but is true, people only knows of how to driscriminate in every aspect posible and to give bad critic (the ones with no values at all), and the worse of this crap is not even taking the time to think about the person and it troubles!!

SO KEEP THE GOOD WORK THERE!! YOU REALLY HAVE A GOOD TALENT AND THE BETTER OF THE PART IS YOUR OWN WORK!! (thats whats being original means!!, being able to create or imagine what anybody couldn't in the brief of time)

''T_T'' and this part here is for a long time now!! AWESOME WORK THERE ^_^ KEEP UP GOING FORWARD!!
Lainyxox Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Oh that's terrible that people would attack you like that. Your work is beautiful, so utterly skillful and so different grom a lot of the stuff here. You're a wonderful find and it's awful that some people have abused that.
luvserenity000 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Writer
im so sorry to hear that! your masks are awsome. if i could i would have love to have had one. (im saying that i would buy one if i could, but i cant im a little teenager. sadly) please keep on posting your work i love to see them. im truly sorry to hear that you wont be accepting any more comments
clearlymachine Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's super unfortunate. :c Everything you've posted on here is stunningly beautiful, and idiots like that have to ruin it for those who actually want to leave good remarks. It just plain isn't fair.
SaberWolfie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good for you!!! It is a shame kids say those types of things because it is annoying and frustrating so, good good for you and good luck! Keep up the good work!
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's too bad :(.
Out of curiosity, why not just mark the comments as spam or hide them?
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It was a losing battle. When the masks make it to the front page, that's ~awesome~ and I get a big kick out of it. :)

But when they get 6,000 clicks in a few hours, they get a hundred comments or more and for some reason, the kind of trolls who crave any attention (even negative attention) would use that opportunity to spam away with nastiness, ignorance, was just to hard and an all-day task to monitor the entry. I was sick of providing a forum for creepers and flamers with my artwork. That's not why I'm here, and that's not why I make my art.

This way is so much more pure. Only people who truly love the art will view it, and only people who simply want to show their appreciation will fave it. People who really still want to say something nice to me can do so on my profile or in a PM, but the clowns who want loads of public attention for being nothing more than jerks have had their teeth pulled. I'm happier, and now I spend less time babysitting trolls and have more time to make pretty things. Which is the thing I like to do best. :)
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahh Okay. Then it sounds like it was a good decision for you :)
I've had to deal with some nastiness (I suppose that's to be expected having 2,000+ watchers), but I don't think it was on the same scale, since none of my works made it to the front page. I hope people are more pleasant to you now ^_^
MandoHillBilly Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
it is a shame that you have to do this. You are truely a very very very skilled artist and i admire your work a lot! it is very creative and inspirational to me. i honestly have never seen someone make such creative masks before and i have suddenly taken an interest in these designs. You do what you have to do to protect your art and those trolls can go and just bitch to each other about their own problems. :iconbravoplz:
frenchtoasty11 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you do deserve attention from your watchers! plus all the haters are just jealous of your art and want to be you! but i must admit your courage for dealing with those weird people who don't like your art. hold in there it can only, really, truly get better from here.
Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
...peace love applesauce & chocolate... but that's just me...

I read your journal and was very sad, but impressed, by the way you wrote what you did. I'm thin skinned too but am pretty good at what I do to and get fed up with people who, after scant acquaintence, want sthg just because they "know" you. I'm working hard at my craft as you have at yours, over the years to get a certain mastery of materials and techniques, mostly my own, (as I'm sure you've developed yours), so just wanted to show a little solidarity with other humans, who are inspired and appreciative of any work where the craftsperson has obviously paid their dues.

Be gently proud of your accomplishments, which is what they deserve! Best wishes!, Peter.

btw: most of your sad attackers and thieves are summed up by guy de la maupassant:

(they) ...seldom attribute common-sense..., except to those who agree with them... enuff' said...
daevax Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Really sucks you had to resort to this. DA is not what it used to be. :(

Gotta say I just stumbled on your gallery and I am totally floored by your talent. Extremely beautiful designs. You should be very proud of your work for sure! I really enjoyed looking through your gallery and I would love to someday own one of your creations.

I hopped over to your shop to just take a peek at your supposedly "outrageous" prices and I rofl'd pretty good. I was expecting at least double of what you are actually charging. People are so stupid. Honestly your prices are more than damn reasonable.
Miss-E-N-Melledy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your work. im trying to learn how to do all kinds of costuming/jewelrymaking/dollmaking/etc./etc. whatever those people say is so stupid. you are amazing as an artist, a new idol for me.

they have no right to make rude comments. the comment option is supposed to be a way to show appreciation and give constructive criticism but too many people abuse it. somehow people with real talent get all the negative criticism when they dont need it at all, while someone still learning cant get anything because of the stupid balance of power.

remember that you have thousands of people who love you here!

merci beaucoup pour rendre le monde un meilleur endroit votre art!

vous etes intelligent:D
XNedra22 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do not know you, at all, but I would like to say how very sorry I am that you are being treated poorly because you are being recognized for your AMAZING work. So many folks can be so cruel and hurtful when they are jealous. Good luck to you in your future endeavors, and again, I am so sorry you've been wronged.
Azley Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly I only found out about your work now but hey: I can understand you!
It's sad to not be able to comment on such amazing art but those underaged trolls can get so bothersome.
It's a shame that nowadays everyone has a DA -> then many steal, others mistake DA with Photobucket etc., the list is endless

Your art is stunning - I've never seen more beautiful and creative masks (and I wonder how they're done - they're simply wow). I can see when looking at your masks that you put a lot of love and effort into each one so why the hell do people complain about the price?! Cheapskates...
TWashu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'll love your art either way :-)
I hope these changes will accomplish what you want them to :heart:
FierceFlash Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww.. Don't worry! Everything will be okay. :)
And if i said i am jealous; it's in the good way. Your art is amazing, and i just said this, because i just can't pick the best words to describe your talent. (i make no sense, but i try to make sense)

And i wish you all the best for the future. :iconcocowaveplz:
Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Others have already said it far better and more eloquently than I could, but bravo for standing up for your work. I completely understand your decision, and I think I would do the same if I am ever put in that position. I like to get honest critique to help improve, but I ask that from people I know want the best for me and my work. The internet is too full of fools who think they know better, or are truly just jealous and want to put others down to make themselves feel better.

I have always loved your masks, and I hope to buy at least one some day when I can rack up the extra penny or two. Your work is so beautiful, usually I cannot sum up the appropriate words for it. :) So I am content simply to gaze, and do my best to gain skills of my own.
Kizziesama Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Randomly passing, and just wanted to say...

When people tell you not to take comments too personally, I find that to be a load of bull on their part :hmm: It's your personal work a bulk of the time... how the hell can you not take it personally? I can understand being professional and taking sensible, unmotivated criticism for the sake of improving (hate it as I may, a lot of times), but when you invest so much time in something you only started for your own, personal gratification, only to have someone come about and trash it out of rage, jealousy or stupidity... HELL YEAH, I'd take that quite personally, very personally. And, quite frankly, said offender should be plenty grateful you don't stoop to their level of senseless rage over something as trivial as praise on an art site (it's nice and all, but it's not like it's really something you can scream accolades about on a resume or anything :lol:).

Good on you for being civil to disable comments and maintain a good standing with those that really count to you :thumbsup:
danielerny Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
The very first of Ghandi's seven dangers to human virtue is: 1. Wealth without work.

People seem to think nowadays that shit should be handed out to them. NO, you don't get a damn gold star for everything once you grow up and get into the real world. Money and notoriety come AFTER your dues are put in. So you're absolutely right that you've earned the attention after 25 years of long work. And you DON'T deserve some snot-nosed shit-head kids' uneducated opinions of your work being spewed all over the place because the "fool needs to say anything."

I'm proud of you for disabling comments and protecting your emotions. It's 100% ok to be thin-skinned about your work. It's your baby, and when you're damn proud of it and know that you've earned your place... you SHOULD be protective of it. Lord knows no one else will be as much as you will.

Good job, amazing work, and when (not "if") I have the money, I will buy one!

--Danny ;]
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the kind words, Danny. :) Anyone who can quote Ghandi is A-OK by me.

There's definitely a sense of entitlement out there. By no means do I think it's the "default" setting for most young people, though. Honestly, 99.9% of the people who comment/use DA are quite sweet (or at least well-intentioned).

It was just that very vocal, very small fraction of a percent that really mucked up my entries and made them look, well, unprofessional. Fighting off trolls and/or trying to educate the tactless, when you get a certain amount of pageviews, is a losing battle and one I couldn't take the time to wage anymore. I'd rather spend my time making cool things.

So, I hope folks will still click on my images, and I really, really hope they take the time to "favorite" my stuff if they like it, in spite of being unable to comment. I was told I'd regret my decision to cut off comments, because without the social media aspect, people would ignore my entries. I hope that's not true. I hope my art can stand on its own.

Time will tell. In the meantime, I hope you stick around. I'm here to share with people just like you. :)
RPGLuver Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
you probably hear this a lot now, but:


your work is beautiful, keep it up n never stop what you love doing. :)
finkerpopplings Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I just came across one of your Clockwork masks on the front page, and it's incredible! It looks very professional, and you deserve to feel the way you do..! <: D I completely understand where you're coming from too, I'm very sensitive when it comes to people "trolling" and insulting my artwork, and I often see artists going back to edit the comments to add some extra information since people were doing what they do best- being ignorant. Do what you have to do and keep up the excellent work.

jan3ll3 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
ok(: one time thing ; i just wanna say real quick your new hyena mask is totally cute (: <3 good job !
Enigma-Dragoon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
I'm pretty new to your work, but I think its awesome stuff. It's too bad that many people post negative comments about it. You should be the only one to decide what your work is worth, not them.
halfwayartist Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
I know i cant afford these mask BECAUSE they these are amazingly beautiful and are quality work there is a reason they cost money and any one arguring they have a right to steal this try getting away shhoplifting by saying that ,it would fly I would love to own any of these mask but guess what these are quality pieces if there cheaper the they probaly would be so well made so any one complaining about price means the probaly want the world on a silver platter but they shoulld just work and save up money like everyday people do when the want to purchase items
ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to read your journal post. I am terribly, terribly sorry that you've become the target for such bottom-feeders. Please remember that everyone who sees your work and isn't afraid to just value it because its incredible and TELL YOU SO because of all of the work you've poured into your masks knows these are your creations and we will defend your right to take some hard-earned pride in them!

Sorry, I know that's a bit long-winded, I just don't want you to think that there's something wrong because you feel strongly about how others respond to you and your art. I also know I am far from the first or last person to pipe up and say this, but for my part, I find your masks to be beautiful! And I am so very glad that I ever found your gallery.

No, I don't own one of your masks....yet. Yes, sure, some folks may find them pricey, but when you find something you really want, you should be willing to wait for it. Save for it. Make it count! So, no, I don't own a Merimask mask yet. But I will one day, I already know just what I want to ask for, and in the meantime I can take my time, saving up my extra money, and enjoy all of the beautiful pieces you make until one day I can pay you to make mine.

I'll just get off my soapbox now...:thanks:
NadiaLycaon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just recently seen your work, and OMG your masks are amazing! Your style is so unique and i cant even find words to described how amazing they are, how you are! XD Don't you listen to those jealous people!! they just a pile of jerks! ^_^ *internet hugs in a non creepy way* lol keep up the AMAZING work ^w^
MeliPixie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will miss being able to comment directly on your arts, but I'd like to be able to message and let you know how beautiful your most recent works are! (You have a message from me, though if you'd prefer not to, I understand. :) )
FacelessExistence Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i've just seen your work here for the first time, and i wanted to let you know that its AMAZING!! though i guess you already knew that, hmm? :meow: im sorry you're getting abuse :/ i hope you dont stop posting your masks! I never knew people still made ornate and handmade masks like yours in todays time :O
Deaths-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've just been looking through your gallery and your work is absolutely amazing! when I read this journal I couldn't believe my eyes, who on earth could possibly leave bitchy comments on your deviations? you shouldn't have to take shit like that, I can see a lot of hard work goes into your beautiful creations and no one has the right to steal the images. You deserve every last bit of praise on here :)
SibyllaStGermain Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Just wanted to chime in and say I agree 100% with what you said here. I am very sorry to hear that the trolls have gotten to you, but I totally understand. There is only so much you can take, after all.

Do what you have to to maintain your health and sanity. The odds are VERY good that those trolls will be FAR more pissed off that they can't pester you, than whatever they were being pissy about in the first place.

I'll still be watching your gorgeous work here. I don't comment much, but love everything you've done. :)

I hope you get some peace from now on. :D
Schnate Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No need to entertain their foolishness. Your work speaks for itself. <3
EchoedMemories Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I just want you to know everything you said in this journal is incredible, and its very depressing that these things are happening to you. But you manage to push through it all. I can see how much you put into your work. every single piece glows with just a little bit of you. You truly are an amazing artist and crafter, and i look forward to future works by you.
cybergeisha Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have only just discovered your art and it's such a dark day when an actual artist has to protect themselves from wannabes who have nothing to do but throw abuse around. I can't say enough good things about your work as i'm not eloquent enough but I shall watch and praise you in silence. Keep up the awesome work and don't let the pricks grind you down.
cybergeisha Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have only just discovered your art and it's such a dark day when an actual artist has to protect themselves from wannabes who have nothing to do but throw abuse around. I can't say enough good things about your work as i'm not eloquent enough but I shall watch and praise you in silence. Keep up the awesome work and don't let the pricks grind you down.
draconiangem Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one thing I do love about being an artist... instead of yearning and whining that I don't have one and want buy and own one, I instead get inspired and learn from it so I can one day make my own. It's not that they lack "talent" they lack mentality. And the price... well thats just normal in the art world. Your not really paying for the item, your paying for the hours of hand work that was put into it. Unlike mass factory made items. lol, though I admit that seems to be why only rich people tend to have ritzy "art collections" displayed in their homes and others, like me, just deal with what I find off dollar store shelfs.
AnimantX Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Aww, I'm sorry about all the awful comments people have been leaving, but I am incredibly happy that your popularity has skyrocketed! You deserve all of your success. =)

I'm still absolutely in love with the custom coyote mask I purchased from you a few years back! Honestly, I think your artwork is a STEAL and I would have happily paid more considering the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. I hope I'll be able to purchase more from you in the future. I absolutely adore your newest creations and am looking forward to seeing what else you manage to cook up!
Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It really is a shame when all the amateurs on this site force the professionals to leave it (or at least downgrade interactivity). I'm happy to have easy access to keeping up with work here, at least, and will still enjoy keeping an eye out for your new shinies!

I think I'm already keeping an eye on FB/LJ so I'll see you in other waters, m'dear!:) Sorry you had to deal with the drama llamas here. They are many and they are legion. x_x
Kasdren Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
It is a regretful thing that people, nay fellow artists, can become such vicious individuals when they see one of their own being successful. It's like attacking family...

Its unbecoming of any creative conscious individual to treat their art community like common filth...

I must say continue your work that which gives you joy, succeed where those who are not willing to try, and know that people back you in all you do.
Phantom-Drama-Llama Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
i just discovered your work today, and it's totally awesome! i'm sorry some people are just jerks; unfortunately, that's the society we live in. keep up the beautiful work! you rock!
City-of-Zeroes Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
We can always bug you on your Journals :D
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