I've been in prison since 2011. I'm thankful to have a small core of those I care about, but I would like more people out there to help remind me that where I'm at is not forever. The sort of people one meets in here are rarely positive and they tend to pull down those around them. I check myself every day to assure myself that I don't fit in. It has been my hallmark for most of my life, actually.
If I sometimes come off as serious, it is an illusion. I am downright idiotic sometimes, but it doesn't translate well in text. I am a musician: guitar mostly, but I sing as well. I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and I play everything from jazz to classical to extreme metal. I had some success with bands when I was out. I've been in a band in here for a few months. I play and sing a lot of 80's metal like Judas Priest and Van Halen. It's a blast and we... well, we don't suck too badly.
I'm also an artist, though I'm not as accomplished as I am in music. I do mostly pencil, but I've recently been commissioned by the prison to do some murals based on my colored pencil drawings. I read often (50-60 books a year) and have an eclectic and classical taste: history, mythology, psychology, old languages, etc... I've even taught philosophy and French classes in here. I enjoy learning and teaching. I was a national level bodybuilder and a strongman but, as you can see from the picture, I am not so monstrous anymore. It's tough without the food. Physical fitness is still important to me. Okay, I'm kind of psychotic about it if we're being honest!
Thanks for reading!