Not far from the boardwalk at Venice Beach, California there are vendors who sell their artwork to earn a living. It is not often that we stop to ask the vendor about their story and how they are inspired to create their work.

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The artists of this spot along the beach side are in the background to watch for potential customers to buy their artwork. Sunday, June 9, 2013, Venice Beach, California (AP Photo/ Jessica C. Northey)

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Doug does the line artwork and he is homeless. This is how Doug earns money to be able to eat. Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Vence Beach,, California. (AP Photo/Jessica C. Northey)

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This is Geoff, which is Doug’s business partner. Geoff will add color to Doug’s artwork. They split the profits 50/50. This is their first week on the boardwalk. Sunday, June 9, 2013, Venice Beach, California (AP Article, Jessica C. Northey)

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Doug and Geoff can sketch a quick idea for customers who want a business card design. They use their talents to help them earn an income as entrepreneurs. Sunday, June 9, 2013, Venice Beach California (AP Article, Jessica C. Northey)

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A popular print of an original sketch by Doug for a local surf gang. The story behind the artwork is to warn surfers who aren’t locals to keep out. Sunday, June 9, 2013, Venice Beach California (AP Article, Jessica C. Northey)

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