CHRISTINA HOAG KNOWS
SOUTHERN CAL'S JAILS
She teaches writing in them.
She's a former journalist who's faced threats from a killer's girlfriend, searches by guerrillas, and phone taps in Venezuela. She once posed as a nun to gain entry into a Caracas jail.
When not hiding in the trunks of cars to avoid Guatemalan soldiers, she speaks at writing conferences and wins book awards.
Skin of Tattoos gives readers a glimpse into L.A. gang culture and cuts through the stereotypes and sensationalism. It takes readers into Magdaleno's world, where the Cyco Lokos offer the prestige, brotherhood, and honor the wider world denies young men like Mags. When he returns home from prison after serving time on a robbery charge, Mags sincerely wants to reboot his life, but staying out of the gang and away from the law isn't that easy, especially when Mags's sister gets pregnant by a rival gang member and Mags's own relationship, with a fellow gang member's sister, is a gang taboo.