I found a video clip of him at a conference, reading out a chapter I’d written. He was dressed like me. He had even copied my tattoos
I’ve been an academic since 2013. I am a senior lecturer in art history, and director of US studies at the University of Essex. What drove me towards an academic career was my interest in tattooing. There is a very small group of tattoo historians in academia, so we all know one another well.
Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but this case crosses from plagiarism to creepy. An AHRECS equivalent of a ghost story… though this one appears to be real. We have included links to five great related items.
We started digging around, and things quickly became unsettling. I found a video clip of him at a conference, reading a chapter I’d written. He was dressed like me. Even his mannerisms and speech patterns were similar. Then I came across a picture of his hands, where he’d poorly copied my tattoos: the flowers on the backs of my hands, with the words “know more” and “artefact” written across the fingers. This man had been stealing my work and elements of my identity for years. It creeped me out.