Paint splattered, torn, distressed, worn clothing -- jeans, shoes, jackets, tees -- is available for purchase. The artist identity can be yours without any of the hassle that comes along with being an artist. For just under $1,300 you can buy a paint splatter denim jacket from Barneys. On a budget? Try the $118 paint splatter button-down from Anthropologie. Some $600 Maison Margiela sneakers will have passers-by asking “OMG is that, like, Jackson Pollock?”
You can buy “artist” without ever knowing what it’s like to put your work on a wall and have it critiqued by a room of professionals. Or even worse, peers.
You can buy “artist” without ever wondering if your work has depth and meaning, or if it’s all bullshit, or if it’s deep bullshit.
You can buy “artist” without debating what it means to sell-out in 2019. Without unpacking the stereotypes that struggle and mental illness inform creativity.
You can buy “artist” without considering the sexist and Euro-centric foundations of the art world and their implications on your potential for success.
You can buy “artist” without crafting and recrafting definitions of success for your artistic practice.
You can buy “artist” without living a life of dual identities wondering if it’s possible to still be an artist while pursuing occupations and even entire careers for the purpose of housing and feeding yourself.