Street Musician by trade, 12-string (open tuned). I play on the streets and ask people with hand out: "Please, can you spare a smile?"
Never ask for money but people shove it at me anyway. Live on the streets, travel around - I'm an ex-convict too but a good guy. I love this website as it gives me fairly good information about where I might find some good music (or terrible as the case may be), but always enjoyable to hear others play. And of course, if I feel into it, then I play as well.