Over 100 billion members of the Homo Sapiens species have already walked the Earth. A bit too many for one to leave a positive trace behind. Especially when life is so damn short. One is born, lives for a few decades, then dies – and before long, not an earthly recollection of his being’s left. The only chance is to create something that lives beyond one’s days. Something so beautiful and meaningful, so timeless that people shall feel an urge to use it over and over again. And one day, this urge shall make them ask:
“How the hell did he manage to make this?!”
If the dead artist inspires you, you are influenced. If it is living artist who inspires you, you are copying.