If channeled creatively, a rough childhood can lead to great art, like Frank McCourt gracefully narrating his impoverished adolescence, or Korn's Jonathan Davis dealing with abuse by just subsequently molesting music. For beautifully twisted art from a dude who had to deal with some tough stuff: Dark Vomit
An artist whose pseudonym reflects his "state of mind", Dark Vomit's a self-proclaimed "bastard from Texas" who overcame a foster home upbringing and illness-riddled youth, and now spends his time in sunny SD painting strange, playfully macabre oils that stem from searching for "who I am", though unlike Matt Damon's search, the only bodies his produces are on canvas. Delightfully bizarre works include a smiling clown pointing a revolver in "Happiness", a series of famous cowboys in dresses (like the pearl-donning "Jane Wayne" holding a giant lollipop), and one giving The Gipper similar drag treatment (specifically, a Little Orphan Annie outfit) in the limp-wristed "Rhonda Reagan", also the subject of a Beach Boys' tune where they plead for her help to trickle down to them after being enjoyed by rich people. Because just defacing political idols isn't enough, he also twists up religious iconography in edgier pieces like the decay-green, pointy-eared "Evil Pope" bearing a demonic grimace, "X-Mas vs. Christmas" featuring a jolly St. Nick with a pistol to the temple of the birthday boy, and jesters enjoying KFC in "The Last Supper of Clowns", implying that they're all ingesting Double Downs
Because Town & Country hasn't gotten back to him yet, DV's also just cranked out a particularly disturbing piece for Serial Killer Magazine with Ed Gein and his mother posing (a la American Gothic) in front of "the house where he did his thing", after which, thankfully, he too Got the Life.