Woman furious after famous airbrush artist fails to provide artwork or refund
Megan Knight was “thrilled” by a snapshot artist Benjamin Lloyd sent from his $ 1,200 canvas featuring rappers 50 Cent, Eminem, and Dr Dre.
An artist from Tauranga has kept his promise to help sick children, but an angry customer is still waiting for him to keep his promise.
Kaitaia resident Megan Knight was “thrilled” to order a large canvas art from Benjamin Lloyd in April 2016, but almost 14 months later no artwork or refunds have been provided.
Lloyd rose to fame in 2016 after gifting free airbrush “tattoos” to sick children at Starship Children’s Hospital.
Knight said she made a $ 600 deposit to secure one of Lloyd’s two remaining commission slots.
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âI contacted him to design and produce a custom canvas of Dr Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent for me, he came back with a price of $ 1200 plus shipping.
âThe final $ 600 was to be paid at the end and when received he would mail it to me,â she said.
A few days later, Knight was “thrilled” to receive a photo of Lloyd’s finished canvas.
“It was amazing, I was so happy with it. He said he still had a few things to do to finish it and then stretch it to the frame and that he would post it once he received it. the last payment of $ 600.00 and $ 70.00 for Le Courrier. “
Knight deposited the money into Lloyd’s bank account and hoped the one-off coin she’d saved up for would arrive soon.
The $ 1,200 artwork never arrived.
“Weeks went by and I still hadn’t received it, so I started texting her about the estimated time of arrival, which turned out to be the start of a snowball effect. endless excuses and promises. “
Lloyd’s newfound global fame became the main excuse he gave, Knight said.
“He’s been SO busy with endless messages and interviews because of the airbrush tattoos on sick children, he never expected him to explode like he did. , but I’m his first priority to finish the canvas and send it off, âKnight said. was said by the then manager of Lloyd.
Despite a Litigation Tribunal hearing in June 2017 ordering Lloyd, who did not appear, to reimburse Knight the full $ 1,270, and his sending of several Facebook messages conveying the decision to Lloyd, no refund has been made. was expected, she said.
When asked why Lloyd did not fully repay Knight’s $ 1,270 as ordered by the Litigation Tribunal, Lloyd’s new manager, Steve Alexander, said he and Lloyd “didn’t know” of the court’s decision.
At the height of his fame, Lloyd was receiving “four to six messages per minute” from interested art fans, Alexander said.
Lloyd “got a little late and got carried away like artists do.”
Knight’s artwork was now ready to be sent to him, Alexander said.
But Knight is skeptical of Alexander’s response and wants the refund, not the artwork, now.
Senders of Facebook messages are notified when recipients read messages, and his messages informing Lloyd of the court order have been read, she said.
Asked by Thing About the messages, Alexander could not immediately give an explanation and ended the phone call.
“I’m never going to take the money out of her without going through the long legal process or involving debt collectors. It’s something I should pay and I just don’t have that kind of money lying around,” Knight mentioned.
“It’s just a joke.”