So, this is kind of blowing up all over instagram right now and I wanted to share the story here as well for those who do not use instagram. It goes without saying that bloggers/microbloggers spend a ton of time working on what they do, especially intricate nail art. Which is exactly why it’s so disheartening to see a very large company attempting to profit off the work of nail artists.
The company behind the imPRESS nail kits (Kiss Products/Broadway Nails) has allegedly recently started working with some nail artists to collaborate on designs for their press on nails. Okay, awesome! A big company has finally recognized the talent so many of these women have!
Except they then stole a design from The Polished Okie on instagram.
Okay, maybe this is a huge coincidence. Let’s cut them some slack, I’m sure they didn’t mean t- oh, wait. Nope, they did the same exact thing to Badgirlnails.
It’s seriously disgusting for a company of this size to profit off of the work of these two women and think that it’s okay. I’m really wondering who dropped the ball here- was there a meeting where the employees scrolled through instagram saying, “Oh yeah, this one will be a moneymaker. I’m sure no one will notice.”? Was it a low level employee passing work off as their own? Regardless of how it happened, it is extremely uncool and that’s why I will not be supporting Kiss Products/Broadway Nails. I’m sure both of these ladies would have been ecstatic to collaborate with the company had they been asked.
I’ve seen some commenters say that they should just be happy that Kiss Products liked their designs enough to sell them. Does it feel awesome when people like and recognize your work? Of course! Does it feel really amazing to see your readers/friends/stalkers/foes recreate work that you did? Of course! What doesn’t feel very great is when a large company recognizes your work and likes your work so much that they profit off of it without cutting you even the smallest slice of the pie. Especially when it’s a company that has deep enough pockets to do so. (Plus, pie is delicious.)
Are you guys as disgusted as I am about this?