Furthermore, not everyone is going to like everything that every artist does. I’ve had people shit on my photos, say they’re boring, repetitive, same shit over and over, etc. It’s a bummer for sure, because I put a lot of time and myself into this, but when someone else doesn’t care for it, it doesn’t take away how much it means to me. Or how stoked I am on it. Criticisms, good and bad, have helped me shape what I do and don’t like about my photos in a positive way. And when someone says my photos suck, it’s clearly not for them, and that’s fine. There’s others that appreciate it, and most importantly, *I* appreciate what I do(even though I don’t consider it art). Kaws and Kanye are arguably two of the biggest artists in ‘fine art’ and music and I think both of their recent bodies of work are straight trash. Doesn’t mean I’m right. Doesn’t mean I’m wrong. But this is a discussion board where we discuss things. Opinions fly and sometimes tempers flare, but discussions are fun regardless. And sorely needed here. I also find it extremely ironic that August, who I now know wrote a fuckin’ book about Tsuburaya(super cool) is complaining about the gatekeeping, while also seemingly implying that getting into collecting via Super7 Magazine, or even Kid Robot, somehow delegitimizes one’s opinion. I started out collecting Android vinyl figures, not even knowing what toys were yet, to working in a sofubi factory in Japan six years later and learning A LOT of history behind sofubi. Doesn’t necessarily make *me* legitimate, but I think it speaks to the power of collecting and how sofubi itself can completely rearrange one’s taste.