I started on 4chan at 14 in 2006, browsing mostly /v/ but i would later discover /ic/
Back then /ic/ was wayyyyy slower, but it seems like there were some people that hung around from ....not cgpeers...think boxman....I think it was conceptart...(which now redirects to thecoldestwater.com
I don't want to say things were better then, i think were in a transitional period of /ic/ where theres just a LOT of shit going on these days. I will say that people used to redline more, but maybe i'm just selectively remembering. IDK it just felt "safer" to post your art then, rather than now. Even if people called your art shit, there would be like, 2-3 helpful replies with constructive criticism. Has that changed?
Anyways, I went to college, ate up 8 years of dicking around to end up with bachelors degree in painting and minor in biology and an addiction to weed, adderall and cough syrup.
Took me about 2 years, to undo the damage, several rehabs and hospital and psych ward visits later and MANY burnt bridges a la relationships & jobs.
I finally held down one job, a coffee shop barista, that paid 9$ an hour, BUT at least I learned how good it feels to buy something with your own money. I also learned how easy it is to blow through a paycheck on crap.
Rinse and repeat for one year, being a druggie 28 year old and hanging around high schoolers is a bad recipe, basically high schoolers did what they do, judged the crap outta me, which made me just use more and more until....I just couldn't fucking take it and I purposefully got hopped up on 3x the dose of cough medicine and showed up to work high with the intention of getting fired. Guess what happened?
My boss was actually chill af and we had a heart to heart, he said "look man, don't measure yourself by your mistakes constantly..tomorrows a new day."
It was the down to earth uneducated american father shpiel i had waited my entire life for living under the thumb of my crazy genius phd father.