If you’re a member of Pop My Mind already, then you know what we’re about. What you may not know is how useful tags can be when submitting your work.
By tagging, other artists on Pop My Mind will be able to search for your work in order to ‘pop’ it; that is, to create work inspired by it.
Successful tagging will also enable visitors on Pop My Mind to search for your work more easily. It is possible that companies and individuals could want to license your work. They might use your work for a blog post series, to stand out from the crowd on social media or to make an appearance in a short video. The latter is what happened to music maker and visual artist Richard Day when a company got in touch to inquire about audio work that they could license for an upcoming Microsoft product advertisement. Life was just what they were looking for and so Richard has received payment for his creativity!
Make sure you get access to these sorts of opportunities. In exchange for twenty seconds of tagging your work correctly you could open up your creativity to a whole other pool of income! For example, Richard tagged his piece with words such as “music, chill, mood, blue”.
If you’re starting to form questions like ‘what kind of tags should I be adding to my work?’ or ‘what kind of tags would people search for?’ don’t worry, I’ll walk you through it.
Nature of work
It is best to list the kind of art you have created, first of all. Writers could be searching for a piece of music for inspiration, sculptors could be searching for a video and painters might be searching dance pieces or photography. Add tags like painting, print-making, sculpture, audio, poetry. This will massively narrow down what someone is looking for. You know how many different types of art there are, and Pop My Mind welcomes it all.
Tags regarding the the medium of your work are a good way for artists or companies to gauge the kind of look they are searching for. For example, tags could include oil on canvas, film camera or digital editing.
Genre and style
Abstract, digital, or experimental are all examples of tags that could describe genre and style of work featured on Pop My Mind. Not only does it make it easier for others to find your work this way but it also gives important context for the piece itself and could even affect the way others see or interpret it.
The subject (what is it all about?)
Searching for a particular subject when browsing the Pop My Mind site is one of the easiest ways to find a theme that speaks to you or gives you inspiration. For example, the event of the Paris Attacks was such an emotional time that it resulted in a lot of powerful pieces of work being submitted.
Subject can also mean literally the subject of your piece: for example, it is a picture of a blue door, or a video featuring a dancing girl. Add tags describing what you can actually see or hear in the art piece. This way, if a company wanted to use, for example, an oil painting of a house in the countryside, searching for exactly that might bring them to you.
What else is going on in the piece?
Because there are so many tags you can include, don’t be afraid to be specific. The more specified to your particular work your tags are, the easier it will be to find. For example, if your work is recognisable by its bold lines or high notes, feel free to include it in your tags. Art is a completely individual thing and your tags should help you describe yours.
A couple of tips on tagging
The easiest way to figure out what tags you really need is to imagine you were a visitor to Pop My Mind and picture yourself searching for your own work. What kind of words would you type? Again, specificity is good here.
Separate your tags using commas, for example “print-making, ink on paper, abstract, tree data, lines, black and white.”
Finally, the more tags you have, the better – but don’t repeat your self. There’s no need for “abstract, painting, abstract painting” etc.
And there you have it. You’re a tagging expert. You now know how to find exactly what you’re looking for and, better yet, you know how to be found.
So get on to Popmymind.com, upload some new artwork and give tagging a go. Who knows who could be searching for exactly what you have?