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Erik Self

"Taylor Brunette Swift" Original Prison Art

"Taylor Brunette Swift" 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.

“I drew a portrait of Miss Taylor Swift as Brunette with Jewelled earings. A fascimile of her signature is found on the bottom right of the drawing at a steep angle."

⚖ 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

8.5" x 11" | Bic ballpoint pen on Core'dinations Premium Cardstock (Great White)

✑ Artist's bio

“Born Erik Ray Self on February 22nd, 1980 to Gilbert and Deborah Self in Tooele, Utah, before residing to Sacramento, CA where at the age of 15 (1995) became the first child to be trialed as an adult and sent to the State prison for two counts of burglary and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. I’ve been a resident of the California Department of Corrections for 25 out of the last 28 years. Where I spend my time reading, educating myself and drawing. I parole in March of 2024 where I don’t know what I’m going to do.”.

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