January 28th 2013 – UPDATE
I guess my blog post helped. I have now been contact by Mr. Berrett with an apology. I always think of people like Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwarzenegger and people who basically mess up. There are NEVER sorry until they get caught. Mr. Berrett got caught and his explanation was that he was painted my Wu-Tang Clan image “out of desire to learn your style and craft my own…like everyone else.” So AFTER selling and making money from my piece that I created digitally back in 1997 and getting caught Mr. Berrett apologies. To copy ones style is fine with me. I encourage my students to copy work they like, do tutorials and practice, practice, practice. I do this because it’s a good way to PRACTICE. I never tell them to add it to their portfolios or SELL that work. I’ve copied other peoples work to learn their style but have never said it’s mine. I don’t even show that work because it’s PRACTICE!
Part of me feels bad for Mr. Berrett. He’s created a huge mess for himself that he has to clean up. I hope that everyone will now question his integrity and trust. Apologizing to the artists is the first step and I commend him for reaching out to me with an apology.
UPDATE: January 29th 2013 – New article about Mr. Barrett and his undoing: http://hamptonroads.com/2013/01/norfolk-artist-rashidi-barrett-admits-copying-others
UPDATE: January 29th 2013 – Local ABC news story – http://www.wric.com/story/20805633/virginia-artist-admits-copying-selling-others-work
UPDATE: January 29th 2013 – New article/interview with Mr. Barrett: http://www.altdaily.com/features/rashidi-barrett-what-exactly-happened-in-his-own-words.html