HOW TO BE A BADASS DESIGNER
Learn. Carry incongruity in your mind. Be daring. Never compromise yourself. Listen, pause, respect.
KEEP IT COOL
Ultimately, the artist is responsible for the content of their designs (for more info, check out the Artist Agreement and our Acceptable Use Policy). We reserve the right to remove designs that we feel are inherently bigoted, abusive, exploitative, or otherwise inflammatory.
See something in our catalog that you feel falls into one of these categories? Please get in touch with us. We’ll review the flagged design and remove it if we feel it doesn’t jive with our policies.
Being a rip-off is not cool. Artists invest a lot of time and work into what they create. It’s clearly uncool to rip them off. But all art is derivative and claiming too much as yours is also uncool.
So how do you know where to draw the line?
It’s not always clear but here’s a rough mental framework:
I made this thing myself!
Rad. Let’s call it yours.
I downloaded this from some website.
That ain’t yours.
Can I use it anyway?
Check if it has a Creative Commons License attached to it somewhere. If so, there are a variety of versions where you might get away with it. Really old stuff is usually in the public domain, and you can go wild with anything in the public domain.
Old like Michelangelo?
Exactly. But Mickey Mouse is on a congressionally sponsored life extension program so he’s off limits.
What if I change Mickey a whole bunch?
“A whole bunch” doesn’t sound very scientific so just be cool.
Look, being cool can be hard but it’s important. If you want you can license your own designs with Creative Commons or make derivative art under Fair Use as creatively as possible so there’s no question. Bombsheller has the hottest lawyers we could find, but they’re too busy dancing salsa to go to court for you. When we get copyright takedown notices, we simply take your stuff down.