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Sep 18 2009

Because When People Steal it Pisses Me Off

I’m re-posting this here because I think it deserves a wide circulation.  I’m really anti-stealing, but to steal a piece of art that someone has spent hours and hours creating is maybe the worst thing you can do.

Artist brute_force; had the following steampunk monocle stolen from him at Dragon*Con. It’s a one of a kind piece, so if you see it, that’s the one. There’s not another one like it.

He is offering a $200 reward for its safe return, no questions asked. He’s offering a $500 reward if it leads to the arrest of the person who stole it.

And, the kicker: if you get the thief arrested, he will make you one of these pieces. Value: a cool $1500.

Please crosspost and repost this, especially if you know lots of SCA, renfaire, gamer, anime, goth, costuming, and steampunk fans. Someone suggested covering furry and filk, too. Not a bad idea. Art theft like this really, really pisses me off. If the bastard won’t send it back, he should at least be afraid to wear it in public.

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  1. 1
    kgmadman

    Whoa! I want one of those!

    I remember Sonic Youth once had a U-Haul van stolen with all their customized equipment inside; it was irreplaceable. They offered twenty grand to have it returned.

  2. 2
    Ashley F. Miller

    Yeah, it’s like these really cool things that are so personal and meaningful to the creator. I get that you like to steal and make money, but steal cookie cutter crap, not something someone’s invested their soul in.

  3. 3
    kgmadman

    I still don’t get what a thief plans to do with a customized steampunk monocle. It’s not like he can wear it anywhere.

  4. 4
    Ashley F. Miller

    Well, I guess the plan would be to steal it and wear it to other cons? I dunno, the point of spreading it around is to definitely make stealing it pointless.

    Maybe you could resell it? It’s apparently worth 1500 bucks.

  5. 5
    steveonfilm

    I find steampunk stuff obnoxious, but no one deserved to have their hard work stolen, and this DEFINITELY qualifies as hard work.

    There was actually a piece on the news here in Atlanta about a lot of things being stolen from traders and patrons at Dragon Con this year.

    I guess a group of organized thieves saw the place as easy pickings.

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