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BEWARE: Darius Koopa/ DMK

WHO: Darius Koopa/DMK

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/dmk / http://www.furaffinity.net/user/dariuskoopa

WHAT: Art Trade

WHEN: Nov. 6, 2011


EXPLAIN: I posted a journal opening up art trades ( http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2885835/ ) and DMK was one of the people who commented. We exchanged info on what we wanted (I do not have those initial notes any longer) and I finished my half a few days later (http://www.furaffinity.net/view/6830293/ ). I wasn't working at the time and so I could churn out my
art rather quickly. I did not expect him to do the same.

Two months later, I hadn't seen or heard about our trade, so I sent hom a quick note:
http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww187/Jandan_2009/dmk1.png

He said he had been busy and I gave him the benefit of the doubt.

The following month, still not having heard anything, I shot him another note (I seem to have deleted the one I initially sent) : http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww187/Jandan_2009/DMK2.jpg

Again, he said his life was hectic. I was moving at the time and understood. The link is a ref sheet.

I would send him a note once a month over the next several months:
http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww187/Jandan_2009/DMK3.jpg
http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww187/Jandan_2009/dmk4.jpg
http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww187/Jandan_2009/DMK5.jpg
http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww187/Jandan_2009/dmk6.jpg


He did not respond to this last note, though he read it within an hour or so of my sending it. I waited a month to send the next one. I was annoyed with his excuses and realizing I would most likely not see the art owed, I got a tad bit snippy: http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww187/Jandan_2009/dMK7.jpg

He offered to email me his sketch. I'm not really sure why I insisted on him uploading it instead. I just felt it would be a bad idea if he had my email.

I went out of town a few days later and when I returned, he still had not posted the sketch. I sent him another note, to which he read and ignored.: http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww187/Jandan_2009/dmk8.jpg

I admit, I was probably too snippy in that last note. But being polite wasn't working and I was asking a direct question in which I wanted a direct yes or no answer.

After the second note or so, I did start watching him (to which he watched me in return) . He is very active in his journals, opening up commissions and doing live streams. I understand people need money to live (sad but true) so I didn't want to be too insensitive. Yes, we had a transaction of art instead of money, but art from someone else doesn't pay your bills. I understand that. I just felt I was getting the run around with him and the feeling I would never get the art I was owed.


EDIT 7/20: He finished his half and sent me the link today. It's been uploaded to his page. He did apologize in both the note and the artist comments.
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Comments

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sintocat
Jul. 18th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
I would suggest possibly making another email and asking him to send the sketch to that if he's not comfortable posting it. You did get a bit snippy at the end there, but I understand you were getting impatient.
crazeetyger
Jul. 18th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought of creating a new email. Derp on me. I'll try that now. Thanks.
alpharaye
Jul. 18th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
I had the same issue with him last year over an badge trade from IFC 2010.
I had completed my half at the con as it was before AA opened up and I didn't have much to do.

It took him over a year to get his half of our trade. This was after several promises of "I'll give it to a mutual friend" and never seeing it. I had forgotten about it til before LAST iFC and didn't see him til towards the end of the con.
He claimed it was finished but wouldn't mail it. He wouldn't even take a SASE AT MY OWN EXPENSE and taking a chance.
Very odd.

In the end, at the threat of an A_B entry I got my art at the deadline of Halloween last year.

He begged me not to upload it. I would theorize it wasn't his best work and in the end, I could care less about the art... it's the principal of the thing.


I would suggest that you make him aware of this post, as it's not the first nor likely the last time he will do it. The threat in my case was enough to receive my owed work.
I wish you the best.
crazeetyger
Jul. 18th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
I sent him an alternate email as well as let him know he was posted here. He said he couldn't email/post the sketch/image due to not having the internet and that he was moving. *shrug*
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wyngaed
Jul. 18th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
In my personal experience with trades I sometimes take a very long time to do my half, but I always let people know that ahead of time if they want to trade with me. I also never ignore people, I'd just say "Sorry, haven't gotten to it yet!" To me, trades are on a more private/personal level, so you work on them when you'd work on personal art, not like a commission which takes priority. But that is just me.

Anyway, babbling to say, I might be able to understand where this guy was coming from with taking so long, but him ignoring your notes is just flat out rude. :\ I hope this post helps get his attention so you get your half of the trade soon!
thaily
Jul. 18th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's the guy with the horrible TOS.
Art trades don't pay the bills, but if he doesn't have time to do it, he shouldn't have accepted. It's that easy.
pinkpuppybelly
Jul. 18th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, this.
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lackoflollies
Jul. 19th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Every time he and I meet (He lives in Wisconsin, so I see him at LAFF meets, Midwest cons [IFC, MFf, FCN, etc]) He ALWAYS asks me to do a trade. I keep telling him no because I have an outstanding commission owed list (Which isn't a lie, I have a huge list i'm slowly trying to work through right now) and seeing this i'm not sure I ever will.. Sorry Darius.

Edited at 2012-07-19 11:52 pm (UTC)
mikaufoxy
Jul. 20th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
I've also noticed an increase of game activity on his end as of late...
plasm1d
Jul. 20th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
FINALLY. He has one of the most horrible business ethic I have EVER seen. I could go on and on about him. He also baited my boyfriend into buying his stuff by using SOMEONE ELSE's sketchbook. He was alarmed at the difference in quality when he saw his online FA gallery.
kayla_la
Jul. 20th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
He also baited my boyfriend into buying his stuff by using SOMEONE ELSE's sketchbook.

W.. what? That's worth a beware on its own. Holy crap. That's just plain deceptive.
tropicalblaze
Jul. 21st, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Oh wow. I don't understand why anyone would think using someone else's work to promote themselves is a great idea.

Did your boyfriend end up getting what he paid for at least
duke_n89
Jul. 26th, 2012 08:14 am (UTC)
Yeeeea, here's another guy who's lost his money to this guy. I met him on F-List about a year ago and he suckered me in to buying two reference sheets and a picture, all for 145 bucks and to this day, I haven't gotten anything other than two very, very rough sketches from him.

I did ask him for a refund of one of the pics couple months back, said that I would give him all the time he needed with the reference sheets as long as he'd pay me the 45 bucks I paid for the stand along picture. What I did get back was a message where he said he would pay me when he had the money to do so, but of course I haven't seen any of that money, even tho the guy has obviously had money on himself since he has been going to cons and been buying commissions.

I do think he does have the skill to draw good pics, but it's too bad he uses his time scamming people rather than actually using that time to draw. Well that or then just roleplaying or gaming around, trying to avoid work.

The guy seems to; as well, post an emo journal to FA every couple months or so, saying he's sorry, but nothing changes and he's back to his ways the next day already.

I wouldn't probably mind this all AS much, if it weren't for his damn "Fur Family and Friends" that I've ran into, who keep defending his actions and trying to justify them, even tho the guy is way beyond the point of that.
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