"For me to get a job I have to be clean. I have to look presentable. After I get out of Lava Mae, I feel fresh. I feel better. It will make my day."

"For me to get a job I have to be clean. I have to look presentable. After I get out of Lava Mae, I feel fresh. I feel better. It will make my day."

"For me to get a job I have to be clean. I have to look presentable. After I get out of Lava Mae, I feel fresh. I feel better. It will make my day."

"For me to get a job I have to be clean. I have to look presentable. After I get out of Lava Mae, I feel fresh. I feel better. It will make my day."

Radical
Hospitality
Series
01

Lava Mae Guest:
Marcos

Photographer:
Jordan Quellman 

Radical Hospitality is a term something that defines Lava Mae as a non-profit and provider of a basic human right – personal hygiene.

'Getting clean' takes on many different meanings for Lava Mae's guests, and can sometimes can take a lifetime, but in just 15 minutes they can shower, brush their teeth, reset and feel human again. This feeling is the foundation of self-esteem for thousands of people living on the streets of California. Marcos is one of those people, and was kind enough to spend some time with us.

Marcos

I was suppose to go to rehab and I didn't qualify because I was drug tested. So I failed it and they didn't accept me. And I didn't understand that because I really needed the help. So I went back to the streets and that's bad for me. It's been 6 years since I have been on the streets. I really wanted to go to the rehab.

I have been doing crystal meth for 7 years. I broke up with my baby's mom and I went into depression. And I ran into one of my old friends and he had it. Then I did some with him and I forgot all my problems. I was like "oh this feels good" and I kept on doing it. Then I started losing things little by little. I lost her then I lost my apartment and then I lost my car, my job. I am still doing it now. And it's hard because where I am at. The whole environment in the streets, everyone in the streets has to be crazy to survive. I go through a lot of stuff man. It's kind of like a disease, a sickness and it's hard to get out of it.

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"I got into a fight and broke my hand for like territory. That's what it is you know."

"I got into a fight and broke my hand for like territory. That's what it is you know."

I was involved with this girl and she had a boyfriend who was gang related. After that it went all bad. I got jumped. I got my ribs fractured and couldn't really breathe. I'm still getting chased for that stuff.

I met drug dealers and prostitutes and gangsters and that's all there is in the streets. I guess I stick around here because this is my hometown. But I am trying to move out because there are a lot of bad things going on with me right now. I have a feeling that people want to bring me down for some reason. I have mental problems too. I hear voices sometimes. It's all bad people just trying to hurt me the whole time. So I go somewhere else then hear "Don't come to our park!" I hear that and I be like "Whaaaat?" And there is nobody there.

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"For me to get a job I have to be clean. I have to look presentable. After I get out of Lava Mae, I feel fresh. I feel better. It will make my day."

"For me to get a job I have to be clean. I have to look presentable. After I get out of Lava Mae, I feel fresh. I feel better. It will make my day."

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I got these skates like 7 years ago, ever since I was in the streets. My friend gave me them. I was like those are cool. I couldn't stay still. I kept falling back. Then I got the balance of it. Basically I started skating everyday. I take my skates everywhere. Skating makes me forget about being bothered and I just move around. I skate like 16 miles a day. I just skate.

I just want to change dude. I don't know how to start. For me to get a job I have to be clean. I have to look representable. After I get out of Lava Mae, I feel fresh. I feel better. It will make my day. Honestly, I haven't showered in a week. It's going to make my day.



I got these skates like 7 years ago, ever since I was in the streets. My friend gave me them. I was like those are cool. I couldn't stay still. I kept falling back. Then I got the balance of it. Basically I started skating everyday. I take my skates everywhere. Skating makes me forget about being bothered and I just move around. I skate like 16 miles a day. I just skate.

I just want to change dude. I don't know how to start. For me to get a job I have to be clean. I have to look representable. After I get out of Lava Mae, I feel fresh. I feel better. It will make my day. Honestly, I haven't showered in a week. It's going to make my day.



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