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There are many independent creators YOU can be supporting right now. It has been known that many corporations have been using art without the permission of the artist for years now. There are many companies that do this including Urban Outfitters and Dolls Kill. Instead of going to an overpriced corporation All Ages of Geek recommends you to shop from independent creators.
Where do I find them?
There are MANY websites you can visit to buy products from independent creators. The first website we recommend using is Etsy. “Etsy is an American e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies.” On Etsy you are able to search for what you want! For example, let’s say you are looking for a new print to hang up in your bedroom, Etsy will have the product you are looking for. You will be able to find one-of-a-kind art while supporting independent creators.
The next website you can visit is Redbubble although Redbubble takes a significant amount of profits from the artist it is still a small way to support independent creators. On Redbubble you are able to choose from products with the design you want. T-shits, prints, stickers, water-bottles, Redbubble has it all!
We also strongly encourage you to go on Twitter and Instagram to search for independent creators. Many times the creator will have their website linked in their bio. This way you will be able to support your favorite artist!
Why should I support Independent creators?
There are many benefits to supporting Independent creators. Not only will you be able to communicate directly with the artist you will also be supporting the artist’s careers. Let’s say you need a new t-shirt with your favorite anime character on it. instead of visiting companies that may or may not have the design you are looking for you can contact an artist who creates custom designs! This way you will be able to communicate with the artist and tell them exactly what you want!
Art is not cheap. So with every purchase, you give to an independent creator the chance to continue creating their art.
All Ages of Geeks Top 5 Independent Creators of the week!
Here are some amazing artist we came across this week! Be sure to check out their work!
3. Sif Savery
5. NEON BAYBEE
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Tatiana Stec is the Co-founder and Creative Director at All Ages of Geek. You can follow her on Twitter @Tatiana_stec. If you ever want to be featured on our podcast about independent creators be sure to email us!