This is an art piece that I commissioned an artist named Rusty here in the city to do:
Years ago I woke up laughing from a dream I had in which someone was wearing this shirt. I had never thought of the Flintstones as gay couples before that night. I must have had ingested some hot peppers earlier or something. I have no idea why my brain does what it does but nevertheless, I had the template made.
I’m undecided if I’ll actually make shirts to sell because of copyright laws but I am within my right to post it because it falls under ‘fair use’ in copyright law.
This brings up an interesting point from an artist or intellectual property perspective. Intellectual property rights are typically about commercial control. Art is about art. I understand that if you are profiting from an image or song then you want to control those assets for as long as possible.
From a growth perspective however, it makes way more sense to set your idea free in order for it to evolve, be remixed or replaced as necessary. Otherwise we end up an eternal Pepsi generation that knows nothing other than mainstream force-fed shit.
After writing all of that, I think that I will make a small run of these shirts just to break that law and sell them for the pride parades. I think that gay people would eat that shit up (no pun intended).
I would not however do this to an up and coming artist. What I mean is that I would not steal a new work, stamp it as mine and sell it but I do believe in copyright limits. After a certain number of years circulating in the commons an image or song should become public domain. Popular images already have a good portion of mind-share and we could become so much more if we were facilitated in variety.
That’s the way I see it though but I do not control millions of dollars in intellectual property so take it for what it is and have a gay old time.
Personally, I think that Gazoo frightened them into each others arms but that is a different story altogether.