"Paper Jam" Color Pop Money Canvas Art by IKONICK
You can't fake authenticity.
Plenty of people try to, but if it's not the real deal, it's not worth anything.
For as long as humans have been printing money, there have been people counterfeiting it. As currency shifted from metal coins to paper notes, fake bills became a growing problem. To curb the forgery, mints began incorporating more and more sophisticated methods of preventing fakes. They developed serial numbers, watermarks, holograms, and microprinting smaller than the human eye can detect.
There is an entire industry dedicated to the prevention of counterfeiting. It's a big deal. It's not just someone with a fancy printer creating a stack of cash to take to the store. Fraudulent bills have actually been used in warfare. The British printed fake colonial dollars during the American Revolutionary War to lower the value of our currency. The Nazis did it during WWII. It can affect a country's economy on a macro scale.
But the trick doesn't last long. Thanks to the methods above, a counterfeit bill can be easily recognized and removed from circulation. If it's not genuine, it's not going to last.
The same goes for a person's value. They might be able to dress themself up like a success, but when you look closely, you can always tell whether someone is the real deal or not.
Anyone with a credit card (and no concern for their credit score) can buy expensive clothes and cars. Anyone can surround themselves with the right people and be seen in the right places to mimic the good life. But the value of success lies in your ability to achieve it with your own mettle. There is no value in imitation. If they went bankrupt overnight, the real ones would be able to build themselves back up. The fakes couldn't.
When someone is genuine, you can feel it. Their confidence permeates everything they say and do. That's their watermark. It's the unmistakable quality hiding under the surface that can't be replicated. It's what gives the person their value.
"Paper Jam" original canvas wall artwork from IKONICK is for the authentic. It visualizes the importance of real value. Apply that concept to your everyday life. There are frauds and then there are the genuine. Only one of the two is worth anything.