The Shank is a process of self-transformation using the elements of hip hop as its medium. As The Shank I am mastering MCing, breakdancing, graffiti, and DJing by reproducing the work of prominent figures in hip hop culture. After acquiring an arsenal of different styles, I will produce original work in order to realize my voice as an MC, my body as a breaker, my name as a graffiti writer, and my rhythm as a DJ. I chose the word shank because of its slang definition as a handmade knife commonly made in prisons. The Shank was conceived as a gift allowing the recipient the opportunity to escape confinement, discover one’s true self and recreate one’s identity. Although I was the first to receive this gift, I aim not to be the last.