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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • A hidden meaning behind every smile

  • Twenty-one year old Phillip Daniel Hansaker showed off 132 images of his “Egg Men” that he says are a reflection of coping with life's little curve balls.
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  • Twenty-one year old Phillip Daniel Hansaker showed off 132 images of his “Egg Men” that he says are a reflection of coping with life's little curve balls. Hansaker stated that he was born in Oregon but after his parents split up he found himself staying with his mom in Arkansas during the summer. “I started drawing these egg men as a way of coping with what life has dealt me,” explained Hansaker. Hansaker reported that he began his hobby after his dad who started collecting smiley faces, “Which was originally what my drawings reflected but the more I continued to draw, a little of my personality came out in them.” Hansaker feels that the images are a way of expressing himself the most in his time of emotional endeavors and looks to them as a great accomplishment that he wishes to share with others, hoping to encourage them to implement a positive way to cope and heal. “I hope to one day to get my egg men published so that those who feel like they cannot express themselves, will find peace in other outlets such as mine,” said Hansaker. Hansaker reported that he's not sure just how many images he has drawn, but he continues to portray his emotions in his egg men, reflecting happiness, sadness, pain, confusion, silliness, and above all hope that this uncertainty in his life “shall pass.”

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