However, they persisted. His art became more well known and eventually, his drawings drew the attention of electronic arts.
He began drawing monsters for their games and he says he wouldn’t change his life for the world.
Here is some of his work:
5. Tommy McHugh – The Zen Artist
Tommy McHugh was considered to be one of the biggest A-holes in the UK. He had a drug problem and a tendency to punch random people that crossed him.
One day he suffered an intense headache and decided to go to the hospital. Doctors told him he had a bleed on both sides of his brain from a ruptured aneurysm and if he didn’t get surgery right away he would die.
Once he was done with the surgery and was able to go home, Tommy realized he was speaking in rhyme. He even started seeing strange images in his mind.
He’d never been creative but these images and rhymes compelled him to write, draw, paint, sculpt and create art. It’s like his aggression was dissolved into art.
Doctors believe the bleeding caused damage in some areas of his frontal lobe.
The accident left Tommy unusually emotional and unable to hurt anyone, “like Zen monks sweeping steps before they walk,” says Flaherty, a neuroscientist that started working closely with him. “Everything strikes him as beautiful and cosmically meaningful.”
He is obsessed with specific numbers, much like Nikola Tesla was, and strangely enough, with those exact same numbers! He says a tree showed him the numbers 3, 6 and 9!
“I’ll paint three or six or nine pictures at a time. I see those numbers in my head all the time.” Tommy says.
Now his art is shown in many galleries across the UK and he says that, most importantly, he has become a nicer person.
6. Jon Sarkin – The Compulsive Painter
In 1982 Jon Sarkin was a chiropractor. Six years later he developed tinnitus, which causes ringing in the ears, as well as hyperacusis, an over-sensitivity to a certain range of sound.
The only way to alleviate the symptoms was to undergo a surgery but there were complications.
Sarkin suffered a cerebellar hemorrhage and a stroke. When he awoke he was deaf in one ear, his balance was skewed and his vision was splintered.
Doctors said that these changes were permanent but that his brain would form new connections. Apparently, these new connections were artistic. He began to paint and now, his art is famous and featured in Vanity Fair and some art galleries.
Some of his paintings are even worth more than 10,000$ and considered as highly valuable.
7. Derek Amato – The Musical Genius
In 2002, Derek Amato became homeless after losing everything on a business investment, he wrote on his blog. “I was sleeping in my car at rest stops for 3 months while looking for a job,” he wrote.
He worked a string of jobs including public relations, karate teaching, sales, and baseball coaching, without knowing what he truly wanted to do. He didn’t really felt a purpose.
In October 2006, Derek was partying with friends when he jumped into the pool and hit his head, reports Daily Mail.
After collapsing, Amato was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a serious concussion. Doctors also found he had a permanent 35 percent loss of hearing, as well as memory loss. But they didn’t expect that he would get A SUPER ABILITY!
The accident made him a musical genius!
Before, he didn’t know how to read music. Now he plays eight instruments he could not play before, as well as brushing up on his guitar skills, which he described as being a ‘2.5 out of 10’ before the accident.
“I woke up and I could suddenly play the piano,” he says. Derek explained that he knew what to play as he could see black and white squares in his head that show him where to move his fingers.
“That’s my notation,” he said. “When those black and white squares are going, that’s what my hands do. I’m convinced it’s all for a reason and it’s my job to do it right.”
This super ability came as a godsend for the man who didn’t know what to do with his life.
But all of these people have one thing in common!
Superheroes in movies, once they get their superpowers, all of them focus on fighting evil, crime, saving people and eventually, the world.
But real people, once they get special abilities, they don’t start fighting crime. You don’t see Tony Cicoria acquiring the ability to throw lightning bolts once he got struck by lightning, or Padgett using his math to protect the world from evil masterminds.
We are different than the superheroes we portray in our stories by one crucial element. We create them! We are not them, we create them, just like we create the villains, the good, the evil and the plot of these stories.
The one thing all of these people have in common is that, once they’ve acquired their superpowers, they started creating art. That’s their main focus!
You might wonder why can’t humanity be cooler. Why the focus of our superpower upgrades leans towards creating art?
The truth is, art is how we really fight the evil in the world, by fighting it at the source it comes from, within. Art is how we save people! Art is how we save the world!
The “hero” story is the most commonly told story all through our art forms because that’s the internal journey we embark on so that art can be created.
Art, music and performance, that is how we try to communicate with other people our internal journey, that’s how we try to show them that they too can be heroes, in their own journey!
That’s why most people who acquire superhuman abilities use them to create art. That’s how we save the world!
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