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  • 22 year old Cyrus holding a BB Gun. He was born and raised in San Diego. His parents separated when he was a child. His father was a Mexican graveyard worker and his mother, a Native-American, feminist lesbian. After the divorce, Cyrus was raised in an all-women household. The day after he turned 18, he dropped out of high-school and left home as he no longer wished to follow his mother’s rules. Spending a couple of years on the road, he finally found his place in Slab City in December 2016. Soon after, he became intimate with a 45 year old woman of Slab City –the same age of his mother. Cyrus plays the didgeridoo. Josh is from Phoenix, Arizona. He was a construction worker before moving to Slab City. After his father passed away 4 months ago, he needed to separate himself from his hometown. Josh has done many paintings for the Slab City Hostel. One of his dreams is to buy a bus so he can travel around and meet with artists. He also has a great desire to join the Rainbow Gathering.
    Molly has been living in the Slabs since April 2008. She lived in Chicago for 47 years before her move. “Everyone adopts everyone here.”
    The library was established for the first time in 1999 with a few books. The library is now composed of a game room, movie theatre, a bar, and hundreds of donated books. Visitors check out books on a daily basis and there are no due dates for book returns. The holder of the library, Cornelia, does not mind if the books are not returned. Her main objective is for people to come in and leave with books.
    One year before moving to Slab City in October 2015, Mike traveled to Florida and was caught with a fair amount of weed. At that time, Florida House had not legalized medical marijuana, and therefore, he was sent to jail for 3 months. Mike is from Iowa. He has disconnected with all his family members. Lilly is from Georgia. She moved to the Slabs with Mike in Fall of 2015. They have been together for three years and have been traveling ever since.
    Born and raised in Arizona, Mary worked as a chef in a gambling ship and then pursued a plant nursery business where she spent most of her time in rose gardens. After 15 years of inhabiting and eventually retiring in Florida, at the age of 64, she traveled away to Thailand in search for meaning. "I came to the Slabs because I don't have the money to live in the city; it's too pricey. I'm living here to save up and travel to Thailand again."
    A capture of Mike's hands. The tattoos represent different phases of growth. One year before moving to Slab City in October 2015, Mike traveled to Florida and was caught with a fair amount of weed. At that time, Florida House had not legalized medical marijuana, and therefore, he was sent to jail for 3 months. Mike is from Iowa. He has disconnected with all his family members.
    Cornelia is 28 years old from Minnesota. She has been on the road and living in her van since 2011 after leaving her family. At first, she was staying at the Slabs seasonally but around three years ago, she finally settled. One year after her permanent stay, she decided to re-establish the library of Slab City that had been abandoned a year before. The library was established for the first time in 1999 with a few books and now, it is composed of Cornelia’s private living space, game room, movie theatre, bar, and hundreds of donated books. Cornelia also makes paintings and has hand-made jewelry for sale for travelers at the library. She also creates short videos about Slab City life on You Tube. She has more than 3500 followers some of which send her gifts off her wish list. Boxing and practicing different techniques of combat is one of her pleasurable activities. “One thing I hate about going to the city is that I feel very small and insignificant but here, I am respected and allowed to have control over my own life.”
    An overall view of Slab City. A squatters' camp about 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles, California. Slab City, known as The Slabs, is largely a snowbird community in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California. The city took its name from the abandoned concrete slabs that remained from World War II. During the winter period, the snowbirds travel and stay in The Slabs before migrating back to the North for Spring. Nevertheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents, known as the Slabbers, residing in The Slabs year round. Some of these Slabbers have been driven to The Slabs due to poverty. Others have migrated to live off the grid and be left alone.
    Slabbers spending their afternoon and socializing at Oasis Cafe in Slab City. A squatters' camp about 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles, California. Slab City, known as The Slabs, is largely a snowbird community in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California. The city took its name from the abandoned concrete slabs that remained from World War II. During the winter period, the snowbirds travel and stay in The Slabs before migrating back to the North for Spring. Nevertheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents, known as the Slabbers, residing in The Slabs year round. Some of these Slabbers have been driven to The Slabs due to poverty. Others have migrated to live off the grid and be left alone.
    After bathing, ZZ climbing up the ladder that leads to the cold water of campground canal. He and his dog, Zilah finally established a permanent residence in Slab City in December after hitchhiking all along the West Coast. He now lives on Tank Road which ends to the water tanks. Dropping out of high-school in North Carolina, at the age of 20 he joined the forces in Iwakuni near Hiroshima, Japan in the 70s. After returning to the States, he married his high-school sweetheart, however, the relationship did not last for more than six years. ZZ has not seen his two children after the divorce. “I’m a red-neck, long hair son of God from the South. My mother was English. Once you have kids, you lose everything else.”
    Slab City church. A squatters' camp about 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles, California. Slab City, known as The Slabs, is largely a snowbird community in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California. The city took its name from the abandoned concrete slabs that remained from World War II. During the winter period, the snowbirds travel and stay in The Slabs before migrating back to the North for Spring. Nevertheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents, known as the Slabbers, residing in The Slabs year round. Some of these Slabbers have been driven to The Slabs due to poverty. Others have migrated to live off the grid and be left alone.
    Ever since becoming disabled and losing his job, Danny has been on the road. After settling in the Slabs two years ago, he started a group of music with his friend. Shortly after, more people joined his band. As a musician, he performs the drum. “I have four drums. I also have a Trek bike that has been in the Keanu Reeves movie and in several music videos. A lot of people find my beard attractive, but I don’t.”
    A Slabber swimming in the hot springs of Slab City. A squatters' camp about 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles, California. Slab City, known as The Slabs, is largely a snowbird community in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California. The city took its name from the abandoned concrete slabs that remained from World War II. During the winter period, the snowbirds travel and stay in The Slabs before migrating back to the North for Spring. Nevertheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents, known as the Slabbers, residing in The Slabs year round. Some of these Slabbers have been driven to The Slabs due to poverty. Others have migrated to live off the grid and be left alone.
    Slab City Cemetery on the east side of the road in Slab City. A squatters' camp about 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles, California. Slab City, known as The Slabs, is largely a snowbird community in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California. The city took its name from the abandoned concrete slabs that remained from World War II. During the winter period, the snowbirds travel and stay in The Slabs before migrating back to the North for Spring. Nevertheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents, known as the Slabbers, residing in The Slabs year round. Some of these Slabbers have been driven to The Slabs due to poverty. Others have migrated to live off the grid and be left alone.