Ever walked around an art gallery and were suddenly moved by a piece of art? If you are like most people, chances are that you have. Similarly, if you are like most people, chances are that you did not fork out the $5,000 (or more) for the piece.
The more than likely starving artist behind the piece poured her heart and soul into it.
But it will be hung there, in all its glory, for months - if not years - before it sells, if it sells at all. Then, and only after the gallery takes its 60% commission, and a waiting period, will the artist get paid. This is a reality for many fine artists. Being the son of a very talented sculptor who sold very few pieces in his lifetime, I know this story all too well.
Fine art is hard work. The worst part, in my opinion, is not the long time it takes for the artist to get paid. The worst part is that to make money, fine artists need to part with their loved creations. Other artists don’t have it this bad! Filmmakers can make a movie that can be watched by unlimited number of people, and each time the movie is shown or rented, it makes money. Performers of all types can perform their art multiple times. Fine artists, on the other hand, die each time their art gets sold.
But wait: What if you could leave a tip for the artist whose piece moved you instead? Much like how you drop a few bucks into the hat of a street musician? Or sort of like a pay-per-view mechanism, but for the art piece?
No way!!!! That’s not allowed by society or the galleries. The scene on "Reservoir Dogs", where Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) argues that he does not tip because he is sick of society dictating who we should tip, is dead on.
itipya.com was born to change that. I was browsing around an art gallery and came across one of those paintings that makes you go “WOW!” It moved me. I loved the painting. But I was not going to buy it for the $8,000 it cost. I would, however, have happily left a $10 or a $20 donation if I could have. Perhaps more. With thousands of people passing by the art piece that month, the artist (and the gallery) could have made good money should tips be allowed. itipya.com allows artist of all types to do just that. In the age of mobile, iTipYa makes it easy for artists to print a label with a QR code that allows people to tip them with their mobile phones. All the people have to do is scan, choose the tip amount and check out with Paypal. It even let users leave comments, and share the artists on social media. It also lets artists stay in touch with his/her tippers.
While the idea was born to help fine artists, its not limited to that. Musicians, bands, street performers, baristas, or just about anybody can use it to get tipped electronically.
iTipYa lets users create many sub-accounts and lets you split the mullah upto 5 ways. So if the art gallery wants a cut, fine. The gallery can be the one printing the QR codes and putting them on the label just as well.
After creating iTipYa over a few weekends, I was googling around and found that QR code tipping was done or attempted before, albeit for other reasons.
I invite art galleries to use it, it can generate a nice revenue for them and the artists.
How does iTipYa make money? We add a small processing fee to the total at checkout. The artist gets the full tip amount.
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