Fraud is one of the methods most used by criminals to be able to illegally take money from people: we have telephone scams, mail scams and even scams regarding donations for the unfortunate. Even during the Covid period, a high number of scams were reported, mostly implemented via the internet, the new frontier for stealing and disappearing into thin air without a trace.
My generation grew up with games, comics and cartoons that, for one reason or another, remained important in our hearts even in adulthood. It was more of a pastime or an hour of relaxation away from homework, it was a sacred moment in which we could have fun and pretend to be ourselves inside those fantastic worlds.
I think you are all familiar with the story of the security guard who, at the Yeltsin museum in Russia, drew a pair of eyes on the human figures in Anna Leporskaya's modern work. I don't know the work, but the first thing I thought is: "Are you a huge moron?"
Stealing is a crime, everyone knows it.
People steals out of greed, out of spite, sometimes out of necessity and often to get stardom.
Such crimes are punished when justice manages to find the culprits… much more difficult when it touches an artist, be it a professional or a freelancer.
On the Twitter profile of “Tea, Cookies and Art” I asked this question: What are the phrases that a person should never say to an artist?
The (many) responses I received are not hypothetical phrases, but real offenses that users have been told during their life as freelance artists.