Every now and then I do something that I know isn't right, but I do it anyway. This makes me human.
A few months ago Mr. J gave me a jean jacket for my birthday. It's not one I would have chosen myself, being kind of heavy and clunky. But pish tosh, I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth! I decided to make the jacket more appealing by covering it with embroidery and cross stitch and patches and pins.
So I went to Etsy, and I searched "Gritty Cross Stitch," and the most badass Gritty cross stitch came up. Sadly, it was for a finished cross-stitch made by the artist. There was no offer of the stitch chart by itself, which -- if you do cross stitch you know -- is a necessary element of the proceedings.
I loved that Gritty, though. I loved it so much I downloaded the photo and drew my own chart.
"Now Anne," you say. "That's copyright violation!"
EXHIBIT A: HOW COULD I RESIST?
Yes, it is theft of intellectual property, and I felt sorely bad about it. How would I feel if some up-and-coming humorist cribbed this blog for pithy sayings?
Before I mustered enough guilt to message the creator on Etsy, the entry was gone. Gritty had been pulled!
But all was not lost. There's a badass page on Facebook called "Gritty Memes for Philly Teens" which of course features Gritty in all his Anti-fascist glory. Lo and behold, someone posted iron-on patches that use the same Gritty as the cross-stitch.
I left a comment on the post: Are you the artist of this Gritty?
No, the poster was not the artist, but she knew the artist and gave me the artist's name.
I sent a private message to the Gritty artist, to whit: "Hi, I used your Gritty design on my jean jacket, and I feel like I ought to give you $---. Do you have a PayPal account?"
Two days later, I got a reply.
"GRITTY BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE."
Oh, readers. Sometimes the world gives you bliss. Especially if you are a disciple of Gritty.
Now I can proudly wear my Gritty! And if the slogan around him was a bit unnerving to you, well, it was to me too. Here's my jacket:
EXHIBIT B: ALL IS WELL
Best part is, Gritty gave my jacket a theme; namely, monsters. I have since added a Flying Spaghetti Monster patch, a Cthulhu patch, I'm halfway through a Moth Man cross-stitch, and I put a nasty Donald Trump tweet on the side with the hashtag #notmypresident.
Monsters. All monsters. The word of Gritty for the people of Gritty, thanks be to Gritty.