Look, if you can speak or read even a little bit of Japanese, it’s really hard to Not Know that Japanese artists really don’t like having their art reposted from Twitter or Pixiv. If you don’t speak or read Japanese, most of them have little notes on their…
I’m going to be deviating a little bit from this so I apologize in advance.
"Not everything has to be in one place" is extremely important. If you can enjoy an artist’s work in an environment that makes them feel safe, please do that.
I’ve noticed a trend lately amongst my Japanese artist friends pixivs where instead of writing “please do not reprint my work” it has become “please stop asking me for permission”.
Many of them have voiced their concerns over English speakers asking to use their art and they have asked if “there’s some sort of master website saying if you send this copypasta everything will be fine”.
Now imagine getting in your ask box 15 exact same messages coming from different people asking if they can use your fic on their own blog, outside of your comfort zone because you can’t take it down after someone uses it. It’s creepy!!!!
Asking for permission is great but there are bigger repercussions than you think when everyone suddenly thinks it’ll be ok as long as you provide credit.
You can run a fandom blog without fanart you took from someone else. Like other people have mentioned, reblog from artists who have tumblr! Link to their pixiv (without art)!
Use the tweet or like function on the actual artwork on pixiv and share it or just retweet their work on twitter! One of the artists I follow tweeted a few days ago that she sometimes sees non-Japanese people share her work from pixiv (via tweet function) and how glad it makes her and this is a feeling that I think we can all understand.
I get really sad when I see my Japanese friends fret over how to say no to a person who has asked for permission so many times that they feel both afraid and frustrated but no longer know how to say no since they have already said yes once.
You can enjoy their work and share it without putting it on your blog and many artists would love and appreciate that you do this!!!!!!!!!!!!