Besides working on the reissue of this virtual diary and preparing and packing for the WGT madness, I spent a lot of time selecting new images for the Ateliershop and getting them ready for sale. I must say, it was a very good decision to close my private Ateliershop and migrate it to Etsy by the end of last year. If you have art or other handmade goods to sell, as well as antiques and curiosities, I can really recommend this platform to you. The system is easy to use and you don’t have to worry about payment options and the likes, Etsy takes care of that. And the fees for putting items into the shop are very reasonable for the service, as well as the percentage that is taken from every sale. All in all I am very content with it. Also, its nice to see how many people offer handmade goods and special things, that you would never find in a mass market. The creativity I see in some shops makes me want to believe that the world is not totally wrapped in plastic by now.
Of course, I still wish people would spend more money on art. I often hear complaints about prices, and one moment later people buy soulless things instead, for more money. You can own a limited edition print of my works by less of a price than a served dinner at a restaurant for two. Or five packs of cigarettes. I think that is a very reasonable price. Of course, there are also more expensive things. But alas, you can shop at Ikea instead and buy a framed print that you share with millions of people. Or get one of those ugly wall tattoos instead, the word “coffee” on anyones kitchen wall will totally underline individual morning grumpiness. I should get one of those, too, because I am grumpy as fuck if you talk to me before the first coffee. Last week I almost killed a neighbour, because he was waving at me the moment I opened the shades, I was still in my underpants. Just kidding, but only about the wall tattoo.
Anyway, what I want to say is, if you buy art from an artist, you do not only make yourself happy with the item, or a person you give it to as a present, you also make the artist happy and ensure that there will be more art in the future.