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Born in San Francisco, CA, Erik Franco has had anything but a conventional upbringing. Beginning with his mother Blanca who was the 9th of 11 children and grew up under the harshest of levels of poverty in El Salvador. In the late 1980's She fled El Salvador during one brutal civil war that lasted over 12 years where thousands upon thousands lost their lives. Life was very difficult and extremely dangerous in El Salvador around this time so when she got the opportunity, she migrated to the United States and found a place to live and work with her cousin. After living in San Francisco for a couple of years with her cousin they called Tito, Blanca met and fell in love with for Erik's dad.
Erik grew up in el Salvador from the time he was a 1 year old boy until the age of ten. He was raised by his grandmother Edelmira Canales and his cousin Arely. Growing up in El Salvador, and unable to scape the ominous presence of the infamous MS13 gang and La Mara 18, Erik became seduced by the prolific and stylized gang tags visible on the town walls of El Salvador. Although he knew little of the macabre meaning and the territorial symbolism behind it, he was mesmerized by the artistry and the mysterious shapes of these letters. Although it's still a taboo to be a involved with any type of gang in ES many young boys become initiated into the MS13 and Mara18 before the are 15years old . By pure chance and geographical circumstances, by the time he was in 3rd grade he was classroom buddies with kids who had older brothers who were involved in these notorious gangs. In order impress his school buddies he would hand draw all kinds of what he hoped would be impressive letters, people, and MS13 influenced lettering. When one of his teachers found out about these drawings he got suspended for a week and got in so much trouble with his grandmother that he wouldn't draw a single thing for two years.
Before he turned 11 years old his mother decided it would be best for him to move back to the United States. The next nine years Erik would live with his biological mother Blanca and her husband Genaro.
When he moved back to live with his mother in Petaluma, CA he found himself drawing again in attempts to fill the void of his former life in El Salvador and forget how much he missed his friends and family. The next five years would be extremely difficult for Erik not knowing a single word of English when he arrived in California and being ferociously humiliated everyday at school by the other kids for not being able to speak English and for the next five years he build a remarkable streak of getting into all kinds of trouble in and out of school. Especially for getting in fights.
He continued to draw on and off for the five next years as he obsessively invested everyday into becoming fluent in the language in order for the humiliation to stop. After about three years Erik felt a bit more comfortable with his verbal skills but always an outsider to the other kids. Never feeling like he belonged anywhere, Erik would channel his frustration by drawing and painting.