Pee-wee lives in a tent on Townes and 6th. One of the notoriously tougher parts of Skid Row. He talked to me openly about being a heroin addict while showing me the fresh track marks on his arms. He asked if he could recite me a poem and I was shocked at how good it was. It’s easy to forget how many talented people fall to a life of drugs and lose sight of everything else. Many of them ending up on Skid Row. He told me, “I used to be a student counselor if you can believe it.” We traded information and I asked him to send me the poem he recited. If he follows through I will post it on my feed in the future. I look forward to seeing more of Pee-wee.
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