I need. You people. To ASK. Before using. My art.
I don't care if it's for a personal tattoo or even for an icon on this site! I don't care! But after getting three messages basically saying "I'm going to go ahead and use this art as a tattoo/for my icon/lolz whatever k thanks bye" I'm really starting to feel like users who come to my site don't really appreciate the work that went into the pieces they're planning to use.
Look, I really appreciate all of the positive responses I've gotten from my art. I do! Even the fan base I have now I wouldn't have dreamed of when I first joined the site, especially with the small amount of work I've actually posted in the last year alone. And if/when I start posting original stuff I'm going to appreciate all those users that stay. But please consider this; you are using something that you did not create, and as undeniably awesome as it is to get messages from users wanting to get, say, one of my tribal designs tattooed onto themselves permanently, it is all the more wonderful because they ask.
So, please, just ask to use my art. Even if it's for something as simple and non-permanent as an icon. I've rarely said no (those times I have said no were when they conflicted regularly with a monetized printing thing I'm not going to go into detail about here), heck I may even offer to help. At the very least you went through the bare minimum of what any professional artist would want of you before using their work.
Hopefully I'm not screaming into the void.