• Dreamer... - e.v.r.i.e.l
  • EWWWW! I hate these! SO stupid. Plastic surgeons will be rolling in it in twenty years to fix all these earlobes... - verybigjen
  • i disagree, i think its beautiful - .NatalieElizabeth.
  • i love it!!!!! - Rodolpho
  • actually, stretching can be quite beautiful. especially because it has such history and culture behind it...a tradition dating thousands of years back.... - lonelyboys
  • lovely eyes - ~BranchDesign
  • beautiful - Spojení
  • I can't read the smaller notes inside this big one! '=/ - Tango Jack
  • yea except ive done it that big gone back to nothing, and back to gauging. - Mart JHE
  • Very much agree. <3 - evil waffles
  • I looove gauges! - wally.
  • He was so gorgeous. - TINY.

on the road

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BOY WITH EAR LOBE GAUGES PANHANDLING, SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 2006

gabriel from portland sitting on the sidewalk panhandling. traveling the west coast. when he goes back to portland, figures he'll get "some sorta mill job."

(4/24/06)

revised caption:

...it's 12:31 pm. march 2. 2007.
it's hard to breath sometimes as the pulse races. or do i just forget to?
the subject line reads "on the road boy"

"i know the boy... he never made it through the year"
...it's 5:59 pm. april 24. 2006. should it be this cold?
he's sitting on the corner. like it's his. he's panhandling.
waiting for a friend to bring back food.
i sit beside him.

as people pass, he's always noticed. some stop. some continue.
we talk about the road. about home. about life. about girls.
he's gentler than you'd think. more interested in things you say. and he cares more too.

he's not sure what's next; but says now's good.
his friend returns.

...it's october 17. 2006.
it's his gun.
it's his choice.

farewell.

~/~

gabriel joshua wolrab, may 3, 1985 - october 17, 2006.

for his mother, his sisters, his brothers, his friends.

davaca, RedArt photographer, and 1283 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. "Tazas De Miel!!"... 53 months ago | reply

    beautiful eyes, great portrait!!...

  2. Gabriel wolrabs mom 52 months ago | reply

    On July 25th Gabe's best friend and brother lost his life to an over dose of methadone. Now my boys are together forever. It breaks my heart that Trevor left behind a 4 year old little boy......who looks at the stars and wishes his daddy and Uncle Gabe could be here with him.

  3. Tictac4 49 months ago | reply

    Gabe wolrab Is The most Amazing Man I have ever Met in my life He decided from the get go HIs own faith and Will be misssed. In my everyday life I am reminded of him and of his beauty I Will never let go he has one thing of mine i will never get back and would never ask for back. my one true love

  4. Kyle Hickman 48 months ago | reply

    This impacted me in a way I cannot express. My heart hurts. Thank you for sharing.

  5. knarran 48 months ago | reply

    Simply epic!

  6. Karen Shmaren 48 months ago | reply

    hes very handsome

  7. AldoRamon 47 months ago | reply

    gabriel joshua wolrab, may 3, 1985 - october 17, 200

    is this him?

  8. s.bann [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

    i remember seeing this image years and years ago.

    it was one of the first images to get me into photography.

    i only wish i had the cohonez to go up to people on the streets

  9. sageeatsworld 41 months ago | reply

    this is beautiful.

  10. ennallyel 41 months ago | reply

    i like you.;.; you very very good.;,.; goo bye

  11. ennallyel 41 months ago | reply

    i loved her look is very beautiful;.;.;,;. kiss kis kiss

  12. CJPONTI [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Reminds me of a modern day Alex Supertramp

  13. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Marvelous image, nicely composed and shot.

  14. ADI DOV 37 months ago | reply

    i loved him so much. he was so beautiful, inside and out.

  15. klavier_girl 31 months ago | reply

    Whoow, 19...What happened to him? such a young boy!
    great image

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