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Arthur Ochoa

"Cowboys" Original Prison Art

"Cowboys" Original Prison Art

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One-of-a-kind art piece from prison to style your home like no one else, spark conversation about the US criminal justice system and be part of the movement to end mass incarceration.

Be the trendy difference maker and acquire art from emerging artists while they serve their time. Every time you’ll look at this piece, you’ll know that you’ve believed in a second chance, prevented a family from spiraling into poverty and crime, allowed the victim* (if any) to be compensated through restitution, and led the way to successful re-entry into our society. All of this while enhancing your favorite room with original art your neighbors will envy you for.

"This piece is an expression of no matter the struggles, stress, rips and turns you have in life, you can and will grow either with or through it and dependant upon your path and spirit will ultimately show through your true self, spirit animal, colors and even your skeletons. The choice is yours with how strong your core, roots, bark, branches, and overall structure for the foundation of your life tree."

⚖ Description

The artist is currently incarcerated in California.
All original artworks are created by artists previously or currently incarcerated. They use whichever materials they have access to, and prove creative ingenuity beyond the norm. These original paintings and drawings are born in the heart of a prison cell, from the hands of an outsider artist to adorn the walls of your space. Each art piece is a one-of-a-kind that not only enhances your interior but also makes you actively participate in reforming the prison and criminal justice system.

The incarcerated artist receives 50% of the sales proceeds. The artists set their own prices based on the costs of materials (it can vary greatly from one facility to another), the time spent on the piece, their experience, and simply - what they think it’s worth. Alongside with offering a financial outlet, we aim to empower their confidence and reinstitute their status as human beings - not a number behind bars. For most, art is an escape, a path to self-discovery and healing. Through art, they can reconnect with society so the gap is not so unbridgeable when they get out. Through the sales, they can stay connected with their families, afford daily commissary items, pay societal debts, relieve the economic burden on their loved ones, and save up for the release date. So they have the financial means to get ahead of reinsertion and get a fair chance at that second chance.

✎ Product Details

10.5" x 13.75" | Colored pencils scholar, prisma color, Bic black pen, ballpoint pen, Pilot G-2 0.7 Pen and Reeves graphite pencils H, F, 2H and 2b sizes on Strathmore sktechpaper fine tooth surface paper

✑ Artist's bio

"I’ve made a lot of mistakes and bad choices which led me to this prison term for 23 years. I’m a product of the state whose care I’ve been in since I was 8 years old. Foster care, juvi, group homes, youth authority, jail, and now CDCR. Since age 12 when my first daughter passed away from crib death, I’ve only seen freedom in between incarcerations for a total of 2 years and 8 months.In that precious time I’ve been blessed with 3 more beautiful children. I owe them my life. Their love for me has saved me from my own self destruction. I’m 15 years into my sentence. I cut my gang ties and I’m putting my energy and efforts toward becoming the man my children can eventually meet and know. My intentions through my art are to demonstrate my will to become a positive influence in my kids lives. My children are also artistic, I’m so proud to say. Thanks to them I’m able to put myself on display.".

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