Everyone loves seeing beautiful art of their favorite series, and it’s completely natural to want to share it. Pixiv reposts have always been a common occurrence on Tumblr, and over the last few years, people have learned the importance of proper sourcing. We rarely find unsourced fanart in the tags anymore. And that’s great!
However, lately, another concern is being raised to us, members of western fandoms: the importance of asking for the artist’s permission before reposting their work. A lot of people are unaware of it, but Japanese artists get very upset when their work is reposted without their knowledge. A lot of them delete their drawings because of this; some delete their entire profiles and stop posting their fanart on pixiv altogether!
The point of this post isn’t to make anyone feel guilty - we all have made mistakes in the past - but it’s important to acknowledge our problematic behavior and work towards changing it. I doubt any reposter means harm to the artist, but whether we want it or not, we ARE hurting them by reposting their work without asking them first.
Sending messages to ask for permission in a language you don’t understand can be daunting, but even if you don’t speak any Japanese, there are a lot of online templates that you can use to write your message. Artists get SO HAPPY to hear from other fans, you’ll likely make their day by asking them first! And they’re also really conscious of foreigners’ limited Japanese, so their reply will likely be simple and short, meaning you’ll easily understand it through Google Translate.
I understand that changing our habits can be difficult, but please, consider all of this before reposting pixiv art in the future!
For more on this subject, I highly recommend this post.
If you want a template for asking permission, I recommend this one.
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