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Joseph M Betancourt

Hotel California

Hotel California

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One-of-a-kind art piece from prison to style your home like no one else, spark conversation about the US criminal justice system and be part of the movement to end mass incarceration.

Be the trendy difference maker and acquire art from emerging artists while they serve their time. Every time you’ll look at this piece, you’ll know that you’ve believed in a second chance, prevented a family from spiraling into poverty and crime, allowed the victim* (if any) to be compensated through restitution, and led the way to successful re-entry into our society. All of this while enhancing your favorite room with original art your neighbors will envy you for.

"Some of the hills and palm trees I see from my window. My building used to be a naval hospital attached to the old “Hotel California” referred to in the song by the Eagles. Lyrics from the song with musical notes. Border done in red and rose vines with a banner, fleur de Lys and all-seeing eye with light rays as creative filler. On the other side are photos of the Hotel front and other buildings that now house inmates."

⚖ Description

The artist is currently incarcerated in California.

All original artworks are created by artists previously or currently incarcerated. They use whichever materials they have access to, and prove creative ingenuity beyond the norm. These original paintings and drawings are born in the heart of a prison cell, from the hands of an outsider artist to adorn the walls of your space. Each art piece is a one-of-a-kind that not only enhances your interior but also makes you actively participate in reforming the prison and criminal justice system.

The incarcerated artist receives 50% of the sales proceeds. The artists set their own prices based on the costs of materials (it can vary greatly from one facility to another), the time spent on the piece, their experience, and simply - what they think it’s worth. Alongside with offering a financial outlet, we aim to empower their confidence and reinstitute their status as human beings - not a number behind bars. For most, art is an escape, a path to self-discovery and healing. Through art, they can reconnect with society so the gap is not so unbridgeable when they get out. Through the sales, they can stay connected with their families, afford daily commissary items, pay societal debts, relieve the economic burden on their loved ones, and save up for the release date. So they have the financial means to get ahead of reinsertion and get a fair chance at that second chance.

✎ Product Details

5.5" x 8.5" | Black Bic pen, Red and Black colored pencil, #2 gold pencil, black gel pen on the "New Inmate Orientation Manuel" given on arrival to California Rehabilitation Center aslo known as "Hotel California"

✑ Artist's bio

"Born and raised in Central and Northern California, mainly a tattoo artist. I have been drawing and tattooing for over twenty years. Residing outside of Sacramento when not incarcerated I’ll return there. Currently single, have two grown boys and a teenage daughter.".

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