Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn

 
Jeff Wood
Jeff Wood
Owner, Zen Mystic Studio formerly Drowning Creek Studio, LLC
Athens, Georgia Area
Hi Journal,
I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.
- Jeff
Confirm that you know Jeff
You received an invitation to connect. LinkedIn will use your email address to make suggestions to our members in features like People You May Know. Unsubscribe
This email was intended for Journal Blogger. Learn why we included this.
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact LinkedIn Customer Service.
© 2015, LinkedIn Corporation. 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Ascension at the Knew Conscious Gallery

I am proud to be a part of the group show celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Knew Conscious Gallery in Denver.

Other participants in the group exhibition include artists Kurt Redeker, Kris D, David Hale, Krystleyez, Amanda Sage, Android Jones, Lalo & Kati (Hilal Hibri), David Richardson, Martin Stensas, Reuben Rude, CT Nelson, Grant Standard, Analog Pirate, Totemical, Jon Lamb, Mike Ortiz, Jud Turner, Tracy Tomko, Erin Asmussen, Mike Gallegoes, John Haley III, Talia Sandoval and Warren Binder. An artists reception will be held inside Knew Conscious Gallery from 6-7pm.

‘Ascension’ will benefit Boulder-based nonprofit Conscious Alliance, and the organization will be onsite to host an ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drive. Community members are invited to participate with a suggested donation of ten non-perishable food items in exchange for a limited edition poster designed by Kurt Redeker, owner of Knew Conscious Gallery.


Following ‘Ascension’ there will be a VIP after party at The Meadowlark (2701 Larimer Street) featuring KiloWatts, The Great Mundane, Raw Russ and DJ Russo. A $15 VIP ticket purchase ensures all day access to the Meadowlark bar and patio for drink specials, exclusive VIP viewing area, and guaranteed entrance to the late night after party. Tickets can be purchased at knewconsciousgallery.com in the ‘Store.’ There is a limited quantity of tickets, and they will sell out.

Friday, April 6, 2012

If you see something, say something.

I would like to thank all the support I have received after my rant yesterday. To be honest, it has been very overwhelming. I knew my collectors were the best in the world and you guys keep proving it over and over.

EBAY listings from disgruntled flippers

A strange thing happens whenever an artist ticks the flippers off. They get all miffed and start selling their collection of that artist's prints. In some cases they, and a bunch of their flipper friends, start to dump a ton of their work online at very low prices to try and drive the price of the artist's body of work down. It's happened a couple of times to me in small ways, and friends of mine in much more large scale manner. I personally think it's funny and could care less. I just want people to have my art. If they can get deal. I'm all for it. The great thing is some of my older sold out pieces, that rarely come up for sale, can be scooped up at great prices.

Point in case, I checked ebay this morning and saw that there was some great deals on some of my old UM, Phish, SCI and art prints. I'm sure some are from legit people, others flippers. Anyone looking for these has a great opportunity to score some winners. Go check out what's available...

Jeff Wood prints on Ebay

You've seen me state it before on this blog and I will again. I create posters so people can document moments and memories in time. I'm not creating investment pieces for monetary reasons. This is one of the reasons I get so upset when people are buying up large quantities of prints at shows that should otherwise go to the people who were at the show, and then jacking prices to resale. They are creating a false market for their own profit by doing this. Fans at shows just want something to remember the good time with. I hate to tell you how many emails I got yesterday from people at the Panic NYE and Playa shows that went early to get prints only to see they were all sold out. Ridiculous and very sad.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Answering some questions from yesterday's rant

A couple people ask some interesting questions that I thought I should address.

Someone asked about people who can't stand in line to buy a print, but have a friend do it, or pays someone to get a poster for them. To be honest, I have no problem with this. It's a lot different for someone to pay a dozen folks to do this so they can get quantity to flip and one person just trying to score a print.

So, what about the person who gets a couple of prints to trade for other prints they want? Hey, that's what collecting is all about. Trading is a huge part of collecting and I understand that. These are not the people I'm talking about. Once again, it's the folks getting quantity, sometimes using underhanded and unethical methods, setting astronomical prices and cheating others out of the chance to get a reasonably priced print.

It's really about common sense. If you want to know my thoughts on other questions, feel free to ask. Let's discuss it.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
New Releases

Over the past few weeks Judy and I have been trying to figure out how we can get our releases into more fans hands and less in the flippers. We will be implementing and experimenting on our next release. We will not stop every flipper trying to buy, but we might get a few more prints into real fans collections. That's the goal. It will be an ongoing evolving process. We are also going to start the shift to new estore software in the coming months.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Stopping the flippers buying up large quantities at shows.

There is something I have been pondering. I know many of you have seen guys scooping up 10 or more prints at a show then reselling in the lots or leaving the shows to list on ebay. I know I've encountered them at shows myself, even getting into arguments when I call them out on it. Red Rocks is notorious for this. I'm thinking it's better just to out them so people can know who they are, direct confrontation at a show may not be the best method. Maybe a better way would be to take a pic of them with their stash and post it online. Since they are in a public place, snapping a pic isn't illegal. Any lawyers out there that want to chime in on this feel free. Nobody wants to get sued here, but there has to be a middle ground to get this information out.

I think getting pics of these people that we can familiarize ourselves and the band merch vendors with would aid in curbing the hoarding at shows. If someone knows their pic may show up online with them carrying a stack of prints they may be less inclined to be so arrogantly blatant about it. Maybe even the band's merch people will take control and ban them from buying any at all. I guess we can dream. And hey, before anyone goes out and starts posting pics, let's make sure we have the legal angles covered. I don't want to see anyone getting in trouble for trying to do the honorable thing. Once again, any lawyers out there reading this, please chime in with some advice on how to approach it, or if it's a horrible idea, tell us to drop the idea all together..  My thinking is that cockroaches tend to scatter when the lights come on. Maybe it's time we flipped the switch.

Another thing,  if you see something nefarious going down at a show, someone hoarding, gaming the system etc. point it out to the merch people, and after the show write the artist and band's management. Let them know what you have witnessed. It's your duty to keep them informed of people abusing their fans. Also, let them know how much you appreciate the fact that the bands are commissioning art for their tours and gigs. They really do listen and value your input.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Wrapping it up

I'm sure I've pissed a few flippers off in the past couple days. Glad to know you guys have my back. Understand, I got yours. This is not about money to me. It's about doing the right thing. Stealing or tarnishing people's memories is something I take seriously. Making someone pay ridiculous amounts of money for a print of a show they were at because some greedy chumps bought up the prints is tantamount to stealing in my book. I think it's something that needs to be openly discussed at length by fans and artists interacting with each other. As a community, we may not be able to stop this nonsense, but I think if we work together we can minimize the effect it's having. Let me know your thoughts on this. It's important we start these discussions and keep them going.

Once again, thank you all for your support.  Have a great weekend. Go see a show! And most all, thanks for keeping up the support for the artists drawing the face on the music, and the bands who commission their work.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Studio update, or rant in this case...


Hi All,

This is the promised update on the shipping of the Panic en la Playa prints and comments on flipping that I promised earlier. It's a bit long, but something I need to get off my chest, so hang with me.

I'm currently finishing up my prints for the "Class of 72" show in London so en la Playa prints will be slightly delayed as I get all this out the door. As you folks know, we always throw in some extra goodies for being patient.

I'm also dealing with some issues being raised by people who purchased multiple prints. I have a strict policy that if anyone orders multiples of a print, after being warned "one per person", I cancel ALL the orders they placed. That is exactly what we are wading through right now. Due to my store software I cannot physically limit the number placed in the cart or stop people from ordering multiple times. We work on an honor system and it seems some people are not very honorable these days.

Another issue, before the servers had time to cool down from the surge of orders coming through, flippers already had prints listed on ebay for $250.00. That's a no-no at Drowning Creek. I'm a VERO member of ebay and we will be banning the sale of any of my prints where I see people buying strictly to flip. I will be ending the present auctions for any of my Panic prints shortly. For the flippers who are taking advantage of people by buying and flipping, I may not be able to stop you from flipping my work, but I can, and will, make it more difficult. Once I can positively confirm you are flipping, you will be permanently banned from buying from me. I know you flippers are using multiple aliases, business names, different IP addresses, paypal accounts and email addresses. I won't be able to sort through them all, but as I discover them they will be added to the list. If these aliases violate any site's or services "terms of conditions", like Facebook or paypal, they will be reported so that these entities can take the actions needed.

Another peeve of mine is reading flippers comments stating "we made their art career, we are the reason they are selling out runs". Bullshit. When I do a run of 1000 prints and 100 are scooped up by people planning to flip them, there is another 900 that fans bought to hang on the wall or put in their collection. Those are the people who allow me to be a successful poster artist, not the leeches making money off the sweat of my back. These people make their money at the expense of my collectors and fans of the bands. When I do an Artist Edition release I could charge $100 per print, but I just can't do that to my collectors. It's not fair to make people pay overly excessive prices because of the actions of a few.

I know you flippers are reading this, so stop being delusional. You are nowhere near as important to the poster market as you think you are. You do not provide a service as you so like to tout. You are the pimple on the rock poster collecting scene's ass. You're an unnecessary pain. Most of the artists in the scene despise your lack of ethics, morals and attitudes. Sometimes, You make us not want to step up and do what we love. I equate you with the same asses who have destroyed Wall Street and the economy. You have no morals when it comes to making money, only greed. It's all about you. Selfish pricks, every last one of you.

I do art for fans and collectors not people who strictly buy prints to make money off me. I do art for honest people who want to hang a piece of art they love on the wall. You flippers could care less about the prints you are buying to flip. It's just stacks of money to you. I will do my best to shut you down any chance I get, from educating bands, promoters and venues as to how to limit their sales, open ended editions, ending auctions, to working with other artists to to document your alisases. If need be I'll be filing legal paperwork if I have justification and the situation deems it necessary. You are bottom feeding scum. You are in the same league as scalpers, another blight on the music industry.

A short story....Last year at Panic Red Rocks a merch vendor was pulling some shenanigans. He was telling people he was sold out, but he would sell them his "personal copy" that he pulled from under the table - for a tidy sum. I got text messages from fans at the venue about it. This is not going unnoticed. I worked with Panic to root this guy out. It was not Panic's merch people. Red Rocks has their own merch staff. Panic was not happy about it all. I'm sure this is happening at other venues where the bands do not handle merch themselves because I have had posters missing before they ever went on sale. Once again, Red Rocks was one of those venues. I had #1-50 of the last Trey poster I created disappear out of box that had been shipped to RR's offices. The box had been neatly resealed. The culprit put my reputation at risk with the band by making them think I had shorted the run or kept the first 50 for myself. Now you know another reason I detest these bottom feeders. Some are straight up thieves.

End of story. Now you flippers can go crawl back under that rock from which you came and talk smack about me...
-------------------

I guess now that I spewed all that venom out of my system, I would like to end all this on a more upbeat note and tell the collectors and fans that do support my, and other artists work, that we love you dearly. We deeply respect your support, for without YOU, this whole scene would not be possible. I'm sorry these damned flippers are ruining such a fun adventure for us all. Greed is a very ugly thing.

If you attended Playa and did not get a poster because of the flippers, send me an email to sales@drowningcreek.com and we will put you on the list. There will be a few available now that some orders have been canceled. I will see what I can do to hook you up. No promises, but I will try.

Take care, and thanks for hanging in there through this diatribe.

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. ~ Potter Stewart

Much love,

Monday, March 26, 2012

Panic en la Palya, Mayan Holidaze, Jam Cruise 10 and Tedeschi Trucks Band prints are now available in the store!

BUY NOW!