A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 13, 2014
“The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist”

"The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist” is a jocular one-line saying that has been frequently reprinted. “Seen on a button...Just because nobody understands you, Doesn’t mean that you’re an Artist” was cited in print in 1994. It’s not known who authored the saying.


Google Groups: rec.aviation.homebuilt
Engine For Sale -O-235-C1
R. Fliegler
7/12/94
(...)
Seen on a button…
Just because nobody understands you, |
Doesn’t mean that you’re an Artist. 

Google Groups: rec.arts.comics.dc.universe
SANDMAN: Not quite annotation of #70 - LONG
amacker
6/29/95
(...)
Just because no one understands you
Doesn’t mean you’re an artist.

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Subject: Smart Comments
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From: (MacEddie)
Keywords: chuckle, swearing, forwarded
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Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 19:30:00 PDT

Smart Comments

Try using these some time.......

1. Ahhh...I see the fuck-up fairy has visited us again…
2. The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.

Google News Archive
9 February 2000, New Straits Times (Malaysia), “Look What I FOund on the Net,” pg. 8, col. 3:
The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.

Google Books
Pastor Tim’s Cleanlaugh Collection
Featuring the Internet’s Funniest Clean Humor

By Tim Davis
Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing
2001
Pg. 150:
The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.

Google Books
A Prairie Home Companion Pretty Good Joke Book
By Brian Becker
Minneapolis, MN: HighBridge
2003
Pg. 199:
The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.

Google Books
The Snark Bible:
A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring, Comebacks, Irony, Insults and So Much More

Edited by Lawrence Dorfman
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2014
Pg. ?:
The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, November 13, 2014 • Permalink