This mural is painted on the back of King Eddie’s Saloon on Los Angeles street, a Skid Row bar that has been open since 1906. The old bartender said Bukowski used to come in there, order one beer and nurse it all day while he wrote poetry on bar napkins. He wasn’t fond of Bukowski (third from the left). I believe that’s Tom Waits to his left. I don’t know who’s on the far right and left, or what anyone else’s relationship to the bar was either. I hear John Fante used to frequent there too, and the old speakeasy in the basement was mentioned in Ask The Dust, but under a different name.
Suitcase Joe is a Los Angeles photographer who lives anonymously in our amongst. His Instagram page is an important document of our times. @suitcase_joe