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Nic Swaner
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
Artist's Statement 10/25/2011

Nic Swaner is a studying graphic designer, and a budding young writer whose concepts and syntax require a rush of blood and breath to the lungs. For inspiration he need not look far from the cyclopean sun, feel the displacement before the epilepsy, synthesize some synesthesia, or recall the origami folds his hands have memorized throughout the years.

Nic is almost entirely self-taught in the ways of writing and in doing so has created a style all his own. His medium is mainly through poetry, short stories and articles for websites; he excels in portraying his thoughts and ideas in a world of complex and harmonious verbiage. He is always whittling away at several works of writing that will be submitted to free publishers or magazines. Nic will always be happy to edit and critique your writing, whether it's poetry or prose. Contact him at

Nic is currently studying graphic design and the fundamentals of art. He has always emphasized the power of concept over complexity, and have maximized color and composition to their utmost potential. He prefers to work with photomanipulations and typography to portray his concepts. He is always open to critique from his peers. Other artistic endeavors from Nic include folding origami, film photography, darkroom artwork such as photograms, and music production.


Nic lives in Chicago, Illinois, but his hometown is Robinson, Illinois. He likes Progressive Rock and Underground Rap music. Marcus J. Ranum is his most adored photographer. Samurai Jack is his favorite cartoon character along with Ed, Edd, and Eddy. His favorite ice cream flavor is French Vanilla. He has a mild form of sound to color synesthesia for melodies and believes the song Echoes by Pink Floyd is green.

"The world is only as old as the person to whom you speak." - Nic Swaner

You have an idol, maybe it's a family member or an older friend, but it's someone who's been around the block and back. You visit with them and the way they handle themselves is exemplary, for lack of a better word. A couple of years ago one of my many grandfathers pulled up at a stoplight and a man on a sport bike pulled up alongside us, and like many new bike riders do and will continue to do, the man forgot to put his foot out after he braked. He tipped over, falling and within five seconds, my grandfather had gotten out, lifted the man and motorcycle back up, assured that the man was okay to drive, and got back in the vehicle. He handled the situation so efficiently and proficiently it was inspiring. But my Grandpa isn't in need of a hero at the moment.

My best guy friend in the whole world discovered the underground rap scene in 2007, and quickly shared it with me. Today, we are both regarded as hip hop gurus to others, we really love the genre very much, and it's very vast with many performers, and unlike most popular rap and hip hop today, there is room for other genres and different sounds, and not just what's in. One of the first artists I gravitated to was Buck 65, Canadian country and folk rap extraordinaire, and a person I've written extensively about before. Listening and reading Buck's lyrics has been instrumental to who I am and the writer I am and am still becoming. Buck 65 has been doing his thing since the early 90's and has an expansive discography that is nearly impossible to begin to collect all of it. I constantly find new music he has made, recent or older, and I am continually impressed and look up to that man more and more. But, lately he has been unraveling, it seems, been more erratic and impatient with his followers and fans, and I think it's not forgetting that the people I look up to are human that hurts, but it's the being forced to remember they are. The message he had posted two days on Facebook is deleted, though recorded, and the normally conversational Buck 65 has gone quiet on all of his social media streams, his twitter profile still has this concerning post hanging over the normally frequent posts.

And as a person who knows the struggle he detailed in his confession of sorts, it was humbling and concerning. It starts with situational white lies and tall tales, but it can become worse, it can become a horrible way to be a person when everything you say coming out of your mouth has been filtered by your own embellishment, and while it sounds like you lead an interesting life, it doesn't happen that way, and thinking like that causes you to both undervalue and overvalue yourself all at once. I struggled with this my early teenage years and the hardest part of it was having me calling me out on my own shit. I got through it, it took a while, and the way I handle embellishment now is through humor, if I catch myself embellishing something, I take a second to flip what I'm saying into humor and more importantly into honesty, essentially ridiculing my embellishment. Think of it like I caught myself saying/typing I was drinking booze. As soon as the words leave my mouth and I'm not doing what I said I was, I would follow with something that makes it clear to who I am talking to that I am not, and maybe even explain how I got to that thought (the thought of "I wish this water had alcohol" has become "I'm getting drunk" for me in the past).

There's something very important I need to say, I'm not the person you think I am.

I've destroyed every important relationship in my life by cheating and lying. That includes my marriage. Being honest has been a big problem for me for a long time. I've treated a lot of people very badly. I've toyed with people's hearts. I've manipulated and tricked people. I've created a false image of myself here and with my music. I haven't been a good person. At all. I've made myself look like a victim of the people I hurt. I can't do that anymore. So the first step I need to take is to let the world know. I want this to be the first of many steps I take to become a better person. I need a LOT of help with that.

I'm sorry. To the good people I've hurt recently. I'm sorry to the people I've hurt in the past. I'm sorry to everyone for making you believe I'm something I'm not. I'm a shitty person. I need help. Like I said, this is just a first step.


He's received some flak for his behavior and the post currently, but I get it and I understand. Buck's hurting, as someone should be when he's lied a life for himself he doesn't have. When your heroes need heroes, remind them to put their foot out to brake to a full stop first.

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mamiffer Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
You're a kidder, sir. I have had way more buttsharpies than that at once.
mamiffer Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
Well the current record on reddit is 20. ;D
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
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brassteeth Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks for the fave.
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome. Always a pleasure. :)
EclecticQuill Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Writer
Thanks for the faves brother :hug: I really appreciate them, and I glad you liked the poem and Britlet. :)
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Very grateful to know you man. :)
EclecticQuill Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Writer
Likewise brother, you mean a lot to me, both as a fellow writer and on a more personal level. :hug: :)
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: Same, mate.
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