Nick Baxter: Then, And Now

By Nick Baxter 
The dawning of 2012 brought me to my parents’ house, an eclectic vortex of saved childhood possessions and weird emotional frequencies densely packed into a many-acred patch of wilderness falling off the eastern edge of the North American continent… 

Visiting this environment never fails to bring back a flock of the old ghosts that made me into the artist I am now, as I walk past the dusty shelves of my childhood picture books haphazardly assembled into stacks and rows.

childhood inspirations
Childhood inspirations.

Many fond moments have been spent revisiting the sense of awe and wonder these books created in me—indelible impressions that formed the foundations of my artistic sensibilities, despite the difference in my current chosen subject matter.

childhood inspirations
These books went missing from the shelves, but were just as important.

(Nick Baxter is a tattooer and blogger for Tattoo Artist Magazine. Nick can be found here:

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9 thoughts on “Nick Baxter: Then, And Now

  1. What a great post.
    I still dig out my old comics collection every few years and experience the exact same sensations. All those little bits of inspiration and imagination come flooding back and even the emotional echoes associated with items like that; it can actually be cathartic.

    Thanks for sharing the posts, Nick!
    It’s good to have another fresh voice here.
    (Let’s get working on that article:)

  2. I never grew up. I have a huge bookshelf, and still have my old collections of The Cronicles of Narnia and a leatherbound copy of Watchmen.

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