To whom it may concern
My apologies go out to those who found my recent picture offensive as it was not my intention to insult an individual any more than a culture. In this case I, foolishly enough, designed the painting influenced by a group of similar designs found online. The emphasis in the process was genuinely on challenging myself as a painter.
However, as an everyday life user of the internet to everyday life users of the internet, applying cultural aspects to one’s personal work unaware of the authentic meaning happens on a daily basis all over the world, often even without realising it. Being originally from Finland I have come across original Finnish material in irrelevant contexts abroad as well as in the vast world of the internet. Once a symbol finds its way to the masses one may immediately consider it abducted to serve another purpose somewhere else. To fully understand every symbol and aspect we absorb from the use of the World Wide Web we should Google every other (if not single) word we read, sound we hear and picture we see.
For the record, I did not intentionally pick the influence of my painting in order to offend or make fun of any culture, religion or individual and if someone did get upset for it, I’m sorry. I’ll remove the picture from my Tumblr blog and won’t wear the painting again. But I ask people from around Globe to not have hatred on such cases. In today’s world they are unavoidable and are hardly based on deliberately harmful intentions.