having a copyright violated not so long ago, there's nothing more insulting to me than to be accused of plagiarism, although I understand Biggreenfeet for believing i've copied coop, since she probably thought he was the one who was the first to design a greaser, cigar smoking devil. Although a little more research of rockabilly culture and old school tattoo designs wouldn't have
hurted hurt her.
Your original post stated that you had NO reference, when in fact you had a lot of reference- rockabilly "culture." That was my entire point. You can draw what you want free-handed, but the originality of the idea is rather ruined. I in no way knocked or put down what you specifically DID to your guitar. I didn't put down the paint job, or the rendering quality, I was simply making a point that it has been done before, and something this wide-spread in popular culture isn't truly original. It wasn't hostility, it was a knee-jerk reaction. I suppose one of my pet peeves is this constant regurgitating of pop-culture themes that people seem to think are original ideas, when, by this point EVERYONE has seen them. Examples: Skulls and crossbones, devil heads (cigars or no), nautical stars, swallows, hearts, stars, roses, boat anchors, and/ or any other form of "old school" tattoo flash. That doesn't mean we can't all find original ways to use these symbols (like painting them on our instruments), I just certainly wouldn't take complete credit for an image that saturates a pop-culture market just because I happened to try my hand at drawing it in my own style.