FIRST AND FOREMOST: For personal & professional reasons, I will not allow or grant permissions to anyone to use my artwork for Tubes, Tags, Signature Images or Incredimail layouts.
If you are UNFAMILIAR with COPYRIGHT LAW, please read over the following links:
TITLE 17 > CHAPTER 1 > § 106A
Why I Watermark:
Back in 2004(ish) my entire gallery was ripped off, tubed and redistributed to the tagging community. I used to just put my site/email in the bottom corner of my images, but that didn't deter the thieves from easily removing any trace of it and my signature. I found my images everywhere, even IMVU where people were making money off of my artwork without my permission.
So before you whine about watermarks, just remember even though YOU may not be an art thief, there are PLENTY out there that don't care about copyright and will use ANY work they steal for their own means.
Prints & Originals
I retain all rights to my work whether it's prints or sold originals. When purchased, the buyer has not purchased; the character, copyrights, reproduction rights, nor the right to display this piece in a gallery, in print, or on a web site (either by itself or as part of a collection) without the artists prior permission or proper compensation.
I've had many requests from people wishing to use my artwork to decorate their web site or their discussion group (yahoo groups or msn groups). The answer is 'NO", If I find my artwork being displayed in this manner without my permission, I will contact your Server Admin or ISP to provide them with the necessary proof & DMCA Forms and have it removed immediately.
Tubing & Tagging:
I will not grant permission to anyone seeking to use my artwork for tubing, tagging, signature images, and stationary. I put a lot of time and effort into my works, and I feel disrespected when I find that someone has taken it upon themselves to deface or alter my vision and hard work. There are many other artists on the web that allow their artwork to be used for this I am not one of them.
My Work as your Tattoo:
I think it's a great honor for someone to like a piece of mine so much that they want it with them forever. If you'd like to use any of my existing pieces for a tattoo, all I ask is that you purchase an 11x17 print to take to your tattoo artist, just let me know if you need a permission certificate. However I will not provide electronic versions of my original sketches or original artwork.