Batle has spent much of his adult life in and out of five different California prisons. He used his remarkable drawing skills to forge traveler’s checks, money orders, and fake IDs, which kept him in continuous trouble with the law. In prison, he applied these same skills to his own survival. His artistry garnered him great respect from his fellow inmates, who guaranteed his protection from assault in return for tattoos and drawings. Now on the outside, and living on an island in the Philippines, he tells their stories and his own through his ostrich egg carvings. In order to “protect the guilty,” as he says, he changed the names of the men whose lives he details.