Don Mupasi’s 130,000 followers on Instagram have helped him turn his hobby – visual art – into something he can make money from.

“It’s basically a full time job at this moment,” the 25-year-old tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

But 130,000 followers isn’t quite the same as 58 million.


So when Don got a message about Chris Brown’s Instagram account reposting one of his videos – with no mention of where the video came from – it was a bittersweet feeling.

In some weird way it does mean my work is actually pretty decent if people are willing to just grab it like that. But at the same time it’s not a huge benefit to me if somebody like that takes my work and doesn’t credit me.

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Don created the image in question in collaboration with a friend who writes music and – like the rest of his work – it’s available to download for free from his website, provided credit is given.

“I want people to know it’s me who created it. I think that’s fair,” Don says. “When he posted it with some hip-hop song over it, it’s really not the kind of vibe I wanted for that piece of work. But he just put some weird hip-hop song on it and then made some caption which doesn’t really make any sense.

But if he had tagged me and just gave credit I would have been cool with that, and that would have brought a lot more eyes to my actual work.