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I spent most of my young years on the streets because that's what was in my blood; not trouble, but roaming. In the 90s I turned 17. And knowing the boy's home I was in would soon turn me loose for good, I ran away.
Back on the streets, I stayed with a dude who showed me how to use a homemade tatoo gun. Like many beginning tatt artists, I found no shortage of people willing to be my scratch pad and, before I knew it, I found myself in a real tatoo shop, using a real gun.
In 2008 I came to prison with a life sentence, immediately tried to escape, and ended up in ad-seg. So now I have all the time in the world to practice one of the things I love most: learning to speak without words.
I regret that I wasn't so serious about art in the past, but I am now! It is the only freedom I will ever know and I am acutely aware that I will die in this place, among complete strangers. But for now, I silently sing on paper.
Life in prison can be dark and cold. There have been many around me who chose suicide as their escape--dying in the darkest and coldest of earthly experiences.
Drawing and painting are the things that keep me here, waiting. When i pick up my pencil, I rarely know what will end up on the paper, but mostly it is what's in me that comes through. It is sometimes the stuff of dreams and nightmares that cling to me, with a nostalgia too deep for words.
This is the place from where my art comes. It is my journal, my soul; my last will and testament...my suicide note to the world.
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My Name is Dustin J Higgs. I am 47 years old and am sitting on Federal Death Row. The pressure of idle time can place a man's inner being in peril so I have chosen to be proactive about it, using my time in the most constructive of ways available to me.
That is what brought me to the practice of painting and drawing. I've only started this creative process about four years ago, but during the journey, have gained strength and great insight by bringing my thoughts to canvas, making diverse images.
I derive my inspiration from the internal conflict of being innocent of the charges against me; that conflict tends to bleed from me and onto the canvas in front of me. It gives way to the representation of varied forms, from the injustice I feel, to the love I have for my family and my faith in God.
My only desire is to share through my artwork a glimpse of one man's journey.
Thanks for reading.
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