Growing up rough
I was born in 1998 and grew up mostly in Florida, near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. A long happy life was once promised. I was then met with new expectations after some unfortunate events. Military outfits, having biological children, and living a white picket fence life. Fortunately for me, none of that came true! 🙂
1998 Means a Lot to Me
Some would say it’s where my life really began! Well, quite literally though, I’m part of the ‘98 Sagittarius club! I grew up mostly in the early 2000’s, and dipped my toes in the 90’s. I was at the tail end of many cultural upbringings from technology, the office, and Grunge/ Rock/hippie music. Pearl Jam jamming on the radio, Nirvana rocked off the vinyl, Blink182 popped off the CD player, and Jack Johnson came out with Banana Pancakes. 6 year old me decided I would sing that last song to my own future children.
Another reason why I just absolutely love the number 1998 is for math and religion. I’ve always advanced in math for some reason or another, they seem not to be too hard for me. Now I’m no religious person at all, especially with it crammed down my throat. Even still with 1/7th of my childhood days were in church, theres still that ominous nostalgia with soured taste. I soon found that 1998 divided by 3 (holy trinity) equaled 666 while messing around with numbers. The pastor at the time was not fond of my discovery when I jokingly showed it off to everyone.
Love and Fear
Speaking of religion, I feel like they gave me a good scare. No not that one, I was too ugly of a kid and talked way too much. Instead, I grew a fear of death. I never got the idea of Heaven, Hell, or any version of the afterlife. I still get anxiety attacks just by thinking too heavily into the experience of the inevitable. I’ve watched many people around me pass away from disease, old age, violence, intoxication, and more. While I feared I would die in a similar horrible state of regret, without passion, without purpose. I feared the latter even more.
If reincarnation was a sure thing, I would be fine and never fear death, but I’m no religious person. But I dislike speaking of it, I’m more into the long and happy life that I want to live. One without worry, fear and do what I love to do. It’s a difficult life to obtain, but I’m doing my best here!
Overall, 1998 are reminders to live a good and happy life. Echoed from the finish line by death itself, along with the other entities believed in the after. Influenced by grunge, pop/alt rock that I listened to. Also to be completely honest, little demons and skeletons are so fun and satisfying to draw. I hope others find inspiration from the messages that come with the pieces and enjoy the Satire they represent. There is a strong relatability with the 1998 collection for those raised in the 90’s and early 2000’s.
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