Artist Mike Saijo just completed a book piece series of eighteen portraits of members of Homeboy Industries, the nation's largest gang-intervention program, founded by Jesuit priest Father Gregory Boyle. Laid onto pages of Father G's book, Tattoos on the Heart, each portrait has a story. The homeboy above, on the weekend before Mike shot his portrait, had a gun pulled on him, but the trigger jammed, and he survived. He appears on the pages of the first chapter, God, I Guess.
Mike's portraits will be exhibiting at Homegirl Cafe through October 23rd, and you're invited to join the opening reception, free to the public, this coming Friday, August 30th from 6-9pm. I hope you can make it.
Homegirl Cafe is located at 130 W. Bruno Street, Los Angeles, across the street from the Chinatown Metro station.