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. After they divorced, Cyrus was raised in an all-woman 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, a squatters' camp about 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles, in December 2016.
Josh (left), is from Phoenix, Arizona, where he was a construction worker before moving to Slab City.
Slab City, known as The Slabs, is named for its areas of concrete where for many years, since the military based closed, people have parked their RVs as they travel south for the winter. There is also a permanent community of 'Slabbers', around 200 people, who have established themselves living free in the Sonoran Desert where temperatures can reach 48 Celsius in the summer and, while there is no rent, there is also no water, electricity or services. Slabbers are an eclectic bunch often escaping poverty but also holding in common the desire to escape the rules and order of society in what they like to call 'the last free place on earth'.