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Brook
Brook [part of the Haywood Street Marks & Memoire series] Grace was my first tattoo. I went with my brother’s girlfriend to a seedy shop downtown. The artist went by the name ‘Captain Morgan’. My eighteen-year-old self said, “Yes, this is a good idea.”  Grace is a three-fold thing. It’s a way to move in the...
Jeff
Jeff [part of the Haywood Street Marks & Memoire series] Most folks start telling me about a tattoo and within minutes, we’ve peeled off onto the windy backroads of story-telling. Not Jeff. He stays very much on topic. And maybe that’s because tattoos are so much of his story. He is covered–back, arms, belly, face, legs....
Robert
Robert [part of the Haywood Street Marks & Memoire series] ‘’I reckon it was around 1994–the bull tattoo. I was recovering from a spinal cord injury, going back and forth between doctors. And then one day I just decided to take a detour and head to the tattoo parlor.” Robert tells me there’s not a lot to...
Liz Button Full Plate Fund
The Liz Button Full Plate Fund will help ensure that there is always enough at the Downtown Welcome Table, and a seat at the table for everyone.   It honors the passion, energy and creativity of Liz Button, founder and organizer of Chefs @ Downtown Welcome Table. This creative partnership  harnesses the rich talent within Asheville’s restaurant industry...
Eric
Eric [part of the Haywood Street Marks & Memoire series]   “You got your questions ready?”, he asks. “Nope,” I reply. “You got your story ready?”, I ask. “Of course,” he says. This is the way most of my and Eric’s conversations start. Abruptly. We learned early on that neither of us do well with BS,...
Octavius
When I finally meet Octavius, it’s at the Welcome Table. He’s disgusted by my preference to have all foods touch. So naturally, I have to play it up. I stab a bite of pork chop, salad and dessert all at once and airplane it to my own mouth. “Mmmmmm. That’s what I’m talking about.” Meanwhile,...
Eli
In 2015, Eli was at the height of his career in commercial flooring. He was living in a 3,800 square foot home on three acres and was on track to bring in upwards of 300k. By the following year, he found himself bound up with the law, in violation of a probation order and facing...
Kristi
Kristi [part of the Haywood Street Marks & Memoire series]   Kristi is a storyteller’s dream. In 24 minutes and 53 seconds, we cover everything from her Irish-Cherokee heritage, to moments in her retail portraiture career that include, yet are not limited to, producing Ric Flair’s family Glamour Shots at a Charlotte, NC mall. As gratuity,...
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