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The Intratec TEC-9, is a semi-automatic pistol. It was developed by Intratec, an American subsidiary of the Swedish firearms manufacturer Interdynamic AB. Introduced in 1984, the TEC-9 was made of inexpensive molded polymers and a mixture of stamped and milled steel parts. The simple design of the gun made it easy to repair and modify.

The TEC-9 developed a negative reputation for its association with organized crime, street gangs and mass shootings in the 1990s, with it most notably being used during the 101 California Street shooting and the Columbine High School massacre. However, it was a commercial success, with over 250,000 being sold.

March 1993: I committed a crime that would land me in prison for a few years. I shot a guy whom I suspected to have thrown a bottle at my car. Nothing hit my car, but the glass sounded close and I saw the bottle in a man’s hand a few seconds earlier, as I passed him. The story is much more intense and detailed, but I’ll leave the story simple so as to focus on the art. I’m sure this site/blog will have several more detailed perspectives.

After hearing the glass break, I quickly parked my car and went into my apartment which happened to be right there. I grabbed my gun and went back outside. He and three other people were leaving in a small red car. I shot at the car, hitting only him. He lost a lung. I had the idea to sketch my weapon which represented a huge and transformative chapter in my story.

In my original sketch of how I wanted the artwork to look, I placed the gun at the center of all of the other pieces of my life story that the shooting effected. I mapped out some points where I wanted to somehow reflect my childhood which relates to my erratic and just straight wild child behavior, my family, anger, and other connected stuff.
So once I made the first real artwork with the TEC, I made the outer ideas a lot more abstract than the original sketch. I decided to make the surrounding pieces a series of scribbles that I like to call “happenings”. I put these happenings in almost all of my pieces because they represent a lot of the theories and ideas I have about reality and everything.
This final attempt at the artwork has a similar dynamic to the first but takes on a different use of space.

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