12 October 2018

inspired by babyart

"jungle jane" by nitenite99

"laylah" by _szatany and alexsita_

"yurei" by violaneko19

"kabbalah bondage" by fokken__greed / loliegoist

"our lady of raspberries" by deararm

"drink me" by wieomn

13 September 2018

melanie vibes

so, i hear many times, my work apparently gives off melanie martinez vibes - ??? - whoever she might be! [insert tongue sticking out emoji] - and, perchance, it wouldn’t be the other way round would it? - i’ve been doing this babyart thing since before she was born y’know [is there an old grumbling man emoji i can use here?]

the above jpeg has been reposted quite a few times on melanie fan instagrams - i’ve been tagged and gained a bunch more followers from it, so i guess it doesn’t bother me that much - (tho i don’t know if and how much it’s been reposted without any links or credit to me) [ps. needless t'say, it has been and they refuse to credit me!] - it does rather imply my art is being used for her next cd - it isn't of course - but it seems many, or at least a number, of her fans want to believe this is true - haha, i doubt melanie martinez would even acknowledge ever having heard of me - she repeatedly says mark ryden is her inspiration

i posted the “pool of tears” painting on my own instagram - and surprised to see it almost reach 10,000 likes [ps. now over 10k] - the most popular thing i’ve ever posted - it’s also attracted a lot more comments than i’m used to - there's a lot of melanie hate, which isn’t surprising in view of the sexual assault allegation now directed at her - she isn’t as pure and innocent as her aspired commercially acceptable image - i should be happy not to be associated with her is the general opinion

there seems to be a thin line between the admiration of my art and the abhorrence of her shallow image: romanticizing mental illness, fetishizing children/children’s objects, pandering to the “ddlg” (daddy dom / little girl) tumblr culture - the 14 year old girl demographic - which, i actually seem to be inheriting from sheidlina - tho i don’t seem to get the ddlg type latching onto me so much - i think ryden’s work does fit that world, his girls being so wispy and needy - whereas my girls, despite all the bondage and black eyes etc, are more latently aggressive and glare back (appealing to the feminist / punk types?!)

for the record i’ve never listened to more that 15 seconds of anything melanie martinez has done - and i feel nothing (except too old?!)

04 September 2018


postmortem diary - the second babuchan cd i'm very happy to be on the cover of - out now - found in all the usual places - amazon, itunes, bandcamp etc

and i'm also on the cover of this cd - which i'm less excited about after being kept waiting three months for a copy of it


henge photo filters by kinotrope (tomomi sakuba)

02 August 2018

iconography property rights

someone brought this to my attention almost immediately it was posted on instagram - an etsy seller in spain “making t-shirts out of a copy of your art” - hmm - my initial reaction was “no”, it was just a similar idea and not a copy of my art - i don’t own the copyright on lolita nurses with eye patches! - but looking again, the hairstyle and tilt of head, it does actually appear the artist has seen and “copied” my work - is it enough to redraw something in a different style to make it okay? - how changed does it have to be? - and should i be incited that they are capitalizing on what is a kind of babyart trademark image? - i dunno...

a brief exchange with the above lowlife on instagram:
“art copied from trevor brown” 
“That isn’t my problem. ;)” 
“Excuse me, did I insult you?
Did I design that shirt?
First show some class and education and then talk to me, So, as you are such an impolite person, and you started this, now its my turn to reply so: buttholes licker, go fuck yourself with a baseball bat and insult your mother! 😊
good luck with your shit, hope you eat all of it. ;)”

class! - so what’s more insulting and impolite? - calling someone an asshole (a remark which transpires to be correct) - or promoting t-shirts that use art copied from another artist without any credit - and basically and bluntly telling that artist to go fuck themselves when they make that fact known

happily the person who did design that shirt turned out to be a little more friendly and apologetic - and a fan of my work - so, to play nice and avoid frustration/aggression, i just asked for “inspired by babyart” links - altho the image is a blatant copy of my art, i think it wouldn’t stand up in court