I work at a place called The Barbarian Group. One of the founders is a guy named Rick Webb. He has a huge Tumblr blog. Every once in a while he will post one of my drawings or silly films on his Tumblr. As soon as he does, it gets thousands of likes and I get thousands of new Tumblr followers too. If he touches something, it explodes on the internet. Once he posted one of my little films. Then he got it onto “The Laughing Squid Blog” and it doubly exploded. People see his name attached to something and they just start reblogging it. Ordinary folks seem to be under his hypnotic internet spell. Well I’m glad I know him and he likes what I do. I owe him a few thousand Tumblr followers which I could never repay. I’m just a small fish in his big Firefox pond.
OMG THANK YOU. It’s a circle of life, pay it forward sort of thing. My good friend and coworker Danielle put me in a highlighted advertising section on Tumblr a few years back and I owe most of my followers to her. What’s the point of having them (and hi! You guys are great!) if you can’t use them to put great things in front of people like the amazing TOMMY KANE. He is a great illustrator.
This is also why, if you’re a 20 year old ad student following my blog, I often post pointless stuff by old post punk bands, 60’s and 70’s photographers and 19th century avante garde artists. I like to expose people to things that influenced me that aren’t currently in the cultural zeitgeist.
And I suppose if Spacemen 3 or the KLF ever make a comeback I’ll post lots of Kitty Pryde and Snoop Lion.