I recently learned that some art of mine has been ripped off and used for a product (apparently). It’s a long story and totally not worth going into but it did make me think about that proverb. You know the one: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” So I looked it up. I learned that it first appeared in print in 1820, penned by an eccentric named Charles Caleb Colton, in Lacon: or, Many Things in Few Words, Addressed to Those Who Think. He’s also the guy who came up with, “When you have nothing to say, say nothing” and “True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.” What a wise dude!
But, as you can see above, Oscar Wilde expounded the proverb, making it the oh-snap! version. Or at least that’s what I’m calling it.
I’m not saying that this art of mine was anything near great but I guess in a weird way I’m flattered… <shrugs>
This is a lesson, another kick in the butt to remind me that sometimes I do make things worthy of imitation. And that maybe I should be holding tighter reins on those things.
— Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. This “Mediocre” edition is not mediocre at all!