Christopher Weeks wrote:
I don't really call myself something like that very often. If I'm among people who'll understand that I don't just mean computers, I'll use <i>hacker</i> sometimes.
I stray away from using "hacker" because of the negative connotation it has in the general public's eye. Not that I personally have a problem with it, but it seems that the first reaction of people when confronted with the term is a negative one. As such I would advise against using any form of hacker for our name in the future.
In my personal life I don't title it anything though. I do consider myself an artist (and for that matter artist has in itself also a negative connotation).
Two quotes come to mind, but I cannot remember the specifics exactly. The first being something along the lines of "judging your artwork from the impressions of family members and close friends almost certainly will result in a feeling of inadequacy"
and the second comes from an interview of Anthony Braxton talking about his music, why he does it, and why music does not need to be so rigid which concludes with the feeling that we shouldn't be so afraid of making mistakes, as they have a sort of magical quality to them. Anthony Braxton interview
An artist to me is a very broad category, and holds in it a broad range of people and professions and works.