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Serration

26 M Urbana, IL

My Details

Last Online
Jul 27
Orientation
Bisexual
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 6″ (1.68m)
Body Type
Fit
Diet
Mostly vegetarian
Smokes
No
Drinks
Rarely
Drugs
Never
Religion
Other, and very serious about it
Sign
Pisces, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Art / Music / Writing
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Mostly non-monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t want kids
Pets
Has dogs
Speaks
English (Fluently), German (Poorly)

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My self-summary
My name's Jack. Ignore the profile title, I'm honestly not sure why I picked that stupid name years ago, but ten bucks is a bit steep to change it. I'm an author/illustrator, devout Christian spiritualist (it's complicated), and crazy as a fox. Hopefully that sets the bar at the right height. I live a somewhat bohemian lifestyle, consider myself a goth at least a good portion of the time, and am always open to learn more about people and try to make your day a bit better.

Can't say I don't bite, but I've had all my shots, so that counts for something, right?
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working as a freelance concept artist and illustrator, at time of writing, for a few independent studios, while making ends meet working at a local health food store. I'm not exactly ever expecting to be super rich or anything, but supporting myself purely on creative efforts is my current life goal. I also am working on a few novels and slowly building a portfolio of more fine-art material for a hopeful gallery showing soon. I'm also working semi-formally as a tutor.
I’m really good at
Obviously, I love writing and illustrating. The former is mostly speculative fiction; I particularly love good science fiction that explores how humanity could have/might soon live and fantasy with a decidedly fae edge. That largely encapsulates my writing portfolio, lots of dark romances and such. I paint and sketch a great deal; whenever I'm not doing illustrative or concept work, I'm usually doing body study sketches or more formal nudes.

I've got a fair number of hobbies: I cook a lot, enjoy exercises like Yoga, weightlifting, swimming, martial arts, hiking, knit occasionally. I love making people laugh and making them think, and whenever I'm teaching or writing an academic paper I try to include a bit of humor.

http://jack-of-box.deviantart.com/ is where I post most of my art, though you'll need a (free!) membership to see about half of it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I get a lot of comments, surprisingly all positive so far, about having black nails and makeup when I find time/inclination in the morning. I also seem to remind people of other people with inordinate frequency. It's become a game with a few of my friends: a hang out in public isn't complete if we don't hear the phrase "do I know you from somewhere?"
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Far, far too many books and music to list, but recently...

I loved Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, thought the Lady of the Manner's Gothic Style Guide was absolutely delightful, can't make up my mind about but still finished John C. Wright's Orphans of Chaos, found myself polishing off the first four Horus Heresy books in about three days, and I must've read at least a hundred short stories this year alone. If I have to pick a favorite, though, definitely The Count of Monte Cristo, of which I've been trying to track down a decent, unabridged translation of for years. (Even the Barnes and Noble version I own is a pretty good doorstopper at over 1,000 pages, though.) I have a degree in history, and history/nonfiction books weigh down several of my bookshelves. I'm a voracious reader and love it when I get so wrapped up in a book I literally lose track of time.

I'm much less of a movie person, but I liked Taken, the whole Dark Knight saga, Serenity, Pan's Labyrinth, Alien, and I'm finding the recent trend toward grittier spy thrillers like the Bourne Saga and the Daniel Craig Bond movies to be such a joy. And the fact that Jurassic Park is twenty years old this year make me feel so old, but so glad that my favorite movie after the original Star Wars still holds up so well. Just...don't mention the whole Disney buyout thing. It makes me sad.

I don't have TV anymore, but I loved the Discovery Channel, the Hitler -- er, Apocalypse -- sorry, HISTORY Channel, and the like. I also enjoy watching Cops a lot. Maybe it says a lot, but I do so enjoy seeing drunken idiots get their comeuppance.

I like the Metal. Any kind, really, but I'm mostly into symphonic and industrial, stuff that's well put together, disciplined, powerful, or experimental. I'm not even going to try to do justice to the bands I listen to, so instead, my most common stations on Pandora tend to focus on Industrial/Symphonic metal, more melodious stuff along the vein of Sisters of Mercy and Garbage, Celtic Folk/Rock, Pagan folk/metal, both lighter and softer classical (I could listen to Verdi, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and especially Strauss and Stravinsky; I think Mozart's overrated, though). I'll listen to just about anything that's got some thought put in it, though.

For food, I will eat anything at least once. I pride myself in being very, very adventurous with food and am blessed with very few allergies or food problems other than problems with lactose. Got a crazy recipe to test out or a bizarre marketplace to try? I'm your goth!
The six things I could never do without
Art, a notebook (preferably with infinite pages, but I can dream!), someone to conceptualize with, coffee/tea, probably a laptop, and some manner of fuzzy thing to pet and love.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My characters, stories, and any number of concepts. I also spend a lot of time thinking about the world; things like politics and religion are usually at the top of that list. I mentioned before that my beliefs are complicated, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that right now I'm in sort of a re-evaluation phase where I'm trying to make damn sure I know what exactly I believe.
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually unwinding from a late shift and working on some project or other. My social life is pretty anemic these days.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Just check my answered questions for the stuff most people put here. I'm pretty open about most everything.
I’m looking for
  • Guys and girls who like bi guys
  • Ages 22–27
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, short-term dating, casual sex
You should message me if
If you stuck through all of this, thank you! Feel free to message me to just chat; Ideally, I'm looking for something serious, but I do so love to have a real discussion or intellectual debate, or just to nerd out about something.

Those of you who are more serious, message me if you're a fellow artist or at the very least very much appreciate the arts, value the imagination and wonder in the world, are willing to be a muse (fully reciprocated; modeling's a hobby of mine), and want an exploration buddy. There's so much more, obviously, but an artistic life is something that's absolutely essential to me.

Thank you, if you read all this. I put a lot of time into it. Cheers!