Swetky/Illmagination (303illmagination)

About the Artist: 

I was born in Colorado, where I spent much of my life in Denver, The Mile High City. I’m 6 feet tall and weigh 230 pounds, covered in a full, head-to-toe bodysuit of tattoos. My focus is to build a business for myself through art and tattooing. I’m dedicated, determined, passionate, ambitious, and creative. I spend my time working out, tattooing, reading, and especially drawing. My favorite styles are realism, horror, pin-ups, and black and gray. As a youth, I loved drawing comic art. Now I admire artists such as Dali, Boris Vallejo, and Paul Booth. 

My expectations from life have changed over the years. Today, I want to be a better person and promote a better way of existence through the expression of art. Art gives me direction and purpose and motivates me to keep my mind in check and my monsters at bay. When asked what I want to do with my life, I have only one answer? To express myself through my art.

Communicating my feelings has always been difficult for me, and art allows me to express those feelings more effectively.  I strive to communicate the futuristic ideals of a utopian society with people who want to leave their anger, guilt, and chaotic pasts behind. I worked long and hard toward honing my skills, and I look forward to helping others do the same. 

In my youth, I was seduced into entering the gang lifestyle. My hope today is to find a platform that enables me to warn people of the effects of gang affiliations and to encourage them to change for the better through their own skills, just as art helped me to do. I want to convince them to avoid the same mistakes that brought shame to me and have cost me dearly. To do so, I hope to expand my world by meeting people and making friends from all walks of life.  I’m interested in learning about as many different cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives as possible to use that knowledge and expand my skills. 

Although I’m currently inside a prison cell, I recognize my reality for what it is. Despite my life‘s up and downs, I try to keep a positive mental attitude and remain optimistic. I know with my abilities and skills, I can use art to sustain a life free of drugs and crime. 

My goals for the future are to travel the country while sending positive messages to the world. I’m open to sharing my experiences and giving an insider’s perspective on prison life: Light shines from even the darkest of places. 

Thanks so much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you. Any feedback on my art is always welcome. For more information please contact me at 719-859-2211 and leave a message or check me out on Facebook.

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