Oct 24, 2006

Leaching off hardworking people

Ok so, my partner and I did some work back for a set of coloring books, that were BOTH Mensen's brain child. 1 was a coloring book of important civil rights and political figures, the Color of Dissent. The second was a book that included many hardworking Graff artists and 1 of which was my teacher, Pose2, called SoMuchLove in One Can. They were both going to be a series of coloring books that were going to be produced with the help of Mensen's old boss at Babywit.com. Both of the series' profits were being split to different organizations. It turned out that her boss went off the deep end, fired Mensen, and kept the books that we worked so hard on.

NOW - the owner of Babywit.com is selling the books on her website, without our permission, jacked up the prices, and also not giving any of the money to the respected organizations. On top of constantly slamming Mensen with harassing emails, and writing false info about Mensen and I on her blog, which is very accessible from the Babywit website.

There is an article below that makes no mention of either one of us working on the books:

"Which would you rather have: a) a coloring book that teaches your kids the names of all the over-commercialized characters that lure your sweet babes into wanting cartoon faces plastered on everything they own, or b)  one that gives them a little lesson in art and history? Yup, we agree.

That’s why the popular designers of alternative baby attire at Baby Wit now have their own children’s coloring book series, “Coloring for a Cause.” The series consists of just two books thus far, but already they put all other coloring books to shame.

The first book, “The Color of Dissent,” celebrates the unsung heroes of American history. It includes portraits of 28 Americans who spoke out about the injustices they observed in our society. Each page also includes a quote, and the book finishes with 6 pages of biographies to continue the lesson once all the lines are filled in and hanging on your fridge.

“So Much Love in Just One Can,” the second book in the series opens your children’s mind to an art form they may not otherwise learn: graffiti. Consisting of 26 pages of street art, this book helps portray graffiti as a legitimate art form. And this isn’t the type of graffiti that litters up the playgrounds around here. This is art that requires talent contributed by some of the best graffiti artists from East to West.

Both books retail for $8, and are made from 100% recycled materials and soy-based inks. Half of the proceeds are donated to various charities, such as Books for Prisoners and Pose2’s Graffiti: The Art Form Class, and the Tri-City B-Boy BBQ. While kids will just be happy to color in the simple sketches, you can use this as a chance to open up a dialogue about the bigger picture.

- Cara"

I am not posting this up so that anyone that is disgusted by this will do any such thing against the babywit website or write letters to the owner of babywit or the writer of the article telling them how you feel about this situation. I, in no way am telling anyone to do such a thing. Please...do not take any sort of action....what-so-ever.

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