I first saw this poster and idea here ...
which lead me to the book (and the flickr site where indeed I was allowed to steal that thar image ^^^)
'Steal like an artist' is a best selling book by Austin Kleon.... and aside from the strategically provocative title and implication, the book appears to contain snappy platitudes regarding creativity (and noice grafix) - Kleon seems to be serving up a well known dish - (which perhaps unsurprisingly has little to do with 'stealing'.... but I'll get back to that in a minute...)
first - a confession - I don't have and haven't read the book - I've just glimpsed some excerpts so I may have everything totally wrong
In some of the book's earlier pages Kleon writes:
Every artist gets asked the question -
'where do you get your ideas?'
The honest artist answers -
'I steal them'
I don't know about you, but my first response was - 'WTF?.... speak for yourself Austin baby! - I don't steal nothing!!
that's because the 'S' word really gets up my arty nose.
When you 'steal' something there's an implication that something is taken away from its lawful owner... burglary, car theft, plagiarism, copyright infringement are all examples of stealing..... but Kleon is not really talking about 'stealing' ... its more like 'be inspired' ..... but 'take inspiration like an artist' doesn't sound anywhere near as sexy 'steal' eh?
(ps I note in Kleon's bio that he's an ex-advertising copywriter..... hmmmmmmm.... yep 'steal like an artist' sounds like something an adman would pen!)
I think all artists (visual artists, writers, musicians....) take inspiration from everything, everywhere, all the time. They... WE... take it all in, mix it up, digest, add seasoning, continue to refine - adding and subtracting... until the moment that we have something fresh, and all our own. I'm NOT a fan of post modernism that huffs and puffs that there's nothing new under the sun..... For me - every day is new and fresh... every minute is a moment that has never existed before and will not come again. But a moment is not isolated - it does not emerge from nothingness... instead it exists as part of a continuum..... and creativity is just the same. No, I'm not a world-weary, post-mod gal... and I don't think that real artists 'steal' (that's an activity for charlatans and con-artists) - rather they 'take inspiration'......
what do you think? has anyone read the book?
(anyone stolen it? no... don't tell me!)
*ps - the 'S' word aside - I really like some of the other points - especially #8 - Be Nice (the world is a small town) .......
I dare you to try stealing something in a small town - oh boy - not nice!