A panhandler on the streets using a witty sign. Krispy Kreme's dumpster is one of the most satisfying dumpsters in Gainesville. Having a good backpack is essential to squatting. This is my backpack next to the dumpster at Mother Earth Market. Packing my packpack. My sister at a squat

The project:

This project tracks and records the lives of squatters, or dirty kids, in Gainesville.

Squatting involves living on the streets, in abandoned buildings or with anybody who will house you.

Squatters travel from town to town by hitchhiking, train hopping or any other way they can figure out.

While there is always a risk with the police, violence or being taken advantage of, many squatters feel it's the only way to live.

How to sleep

Look online: Web sites like Global Freeloaders, Couch Surfing and Squat the Planet can help you find people in any town who you can squat with in abandoned buildings, unused couches or any other imaginable place.

If that doesn't work for you, then walk around and look for squatters. Anyone with a backpack, dreads and a dog is bound to be helpful.

Go to Wayward Council at 807 W. University Avenue, dirty kids and squatters hang out there all the time.

If you're still screwed, then you'll be alone. But don't worry, I was alone too. Find a nice alley, preferably one that has gates or fences that you can use to stay somewhat secure. Also, look for air conditioning vents, stumps or anything that you can sleep next to that makes it hard for people in the streets to see you. I liked the alley next to the Alligator, it had all of those things. I got to hide behind an air conditioning vent, a fence that was mostly closed and some bushes.

No matter where you are, never leave your backpack. My backpack had microphones, my laptop and expensive equipment in it, so I slept with it under my head. Do something similar, don't risk leaving it out in the open where it can get stolen.