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Michael C. Hayes

"What I do?" Original Prison Art

"What I do?" 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.

“A simple alley cat being caught red handed with a bag of birdseeds in one hand, feathers falling to the ground and a small bird stuffed in its jaw with a foot hanging out. Standing in the “What I do?” posture."

⚖ Description

The artist is currently incarcerated in Virginia. He's got a unique Tim Burton, comics style.
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

11” x 8.5” | Ballpoint pen and#2 pencil on paper

✑ Artist's bio

"I’m a ballpoint pen and pencil artist from Virginia. This piece tried color pencils lol! I wanted to start my own t-shirts line without any luck, I enjoy drawing from my mind, everything’s original. Hoping to have some sort of success and provide my own source of income while locked up.".

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