its a definate must,
that you be commercially successful to be an actual 'artist.'
Then when that day comes
you can stand proudly alongside:
Stephen King, John Grisham, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, N'SYNC...
all 'artists' in their own right.
Truthfully, you are an 'artist' and a damned good one if I say so myself. Damned good.
Fuck Commercial Success, all it brings is money and false fame, Fuck that.
Give me burlap over silk.