Friday, November 30, 2007


someone made a photo of me and the street kids hanging out at the westlake stage.
from left to right - vash, shaggy, victoria, me, wes, athena and willis.
all of the kids pictured are homeless and represent a tiny fraction of all the homeless youth in seattle.
to them i'm Mama Dread and to me, they're family.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that Rat dog at the bottom?

4:11 PM  
Blogger iamkatia said...

No, that's Duncan, Athena's dog, and Shaggy's dog, Cheyenne.

4:14 PM  
Blogger FreddyFandango said...

Hey, did you know most the pics in your posts don't show up? I've tried on different computers and found it's your blog, not my PC. I'd really like to see these pics, considering I recognize and even used to be friends with most these kids. I'd appreciate you taking the time to look into it. Thanks. =)

10:14 AM  
Blogger iamkatia said...

freddy--

yea, it's strange. everything's been fine for years and suddenly my photos vanish into thin air with no explanation, except the two newly posted ones.
i either have to replace all the missing photos - quite a monumental task to find them all! - and hope it doesn't happen again, or simply start another blog elsewhere.
i'll probably slowly start to replace the photos here so.. keep checking back.
and thanks for visiting.

10:33 AM  
Blogger FreddyFandango said...

Oh yeah, I would imagine you will just have to re-upload them. I don't doubt for a second it would be quite the monumental task. Haha.
I also would just like to say that I really appreciate what you do for kids like myself, and I think you are a very talented photographer. I am very sorry you have lost many friends over time, I have lost just as many, if not more. I randomly came across your blog and realized that I knew many of the kids, most of which I haven't seen in quite some time. Your blog is actually what informed me that some are now dead and/or in prison. It's sad, but shit does, in fact happen. =/
Might I ask how Vash died?

10:43 AM  
Blogger iamkatia said...

vash died of a heroin overdose almost a year ago.
he started using dope to silence memories of abuse at the hands of his father.
one month before he died, he had a baby girl whose name is jane. i see her pretty often and she def. has some of vash's mannerisms and is fiercely independent like he was.
so, he lives on. :)
you can see a photo of jane here on my photobucket:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v412/iamkatia/

10:51 AM  
Blogger FreddyFandango said...

Yeah, I was aware he was using. That is very sad. More and more often I hear of street kids overdosing on heroin. I'm one of the few who got off the streets and cleaned up before it was too late. For that I am very grateful. It was actually a person such as yourself who gave me a place to stay to get a job and place of my own. Her name was Ruth. I am very thankful for the things you and Ruth do, I just wish there were more people like you to further make a difference. There's only so much two people can do.
Jane is very precious, by the way. =)

11:02 AM  
Blogger iamkatia said...

there's also an entire photo album of vash here:

http://www.myspace.com/iamkatia/photos/albums/vash/3032685

11:02 AM  
Blogger iamkatia said...

so happy that you shared your story with me.
Thanks. :))

11:03 AM  
Blogger elfiejuggalogirl said...

after looking at this picture, i no know that i have actully hung out with you :) and alot of the other kids that i see on here... i feel like the family i misplaced was found.... always in my heart tho <3 i wish i could visit but i am so far

8:18 AM  
Blogger elfiejuggalogirl said...

after looking at this picture, i no know that i have actully hung out with you :) and alot of the other kids that i see on here... i feel like the family i misplaced was found.... always in my heart tho <3 i wish i could visit but i am so far

8:18 AM  
Blogger elfiejuggalogirl said...

after looking at this picture, i no know that i have actully hung out with you :) and alot of the other kids that i see on here... i feel like the family i misplaced was found.... always in my heart tho <3 i wish i could visit but i am so far

8:18 AM  

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