Jivan was born in Los Angeles, born in a pretty poor neighborhood. His father was very abusive and left him and his mother to fend for themselves when Jivan was very young. With no income coming Jivan had to start working, however with him being at such a young age most places were not hiring. So with that option pretty much out the door Jivan looked to other ways of making money for his family. He sought out help from 24th street where he found fellow Armenians or people from Armenian descendants. He started working with the gang doing the most he could to show he was loyal, it got to a point where it was not just about the money anymore. It was his new family that he discovered that was more important. After a while there was an opportunity for some of his close friends in his gang to make a lot of money. He decided to go with them because of the adventure more then the money. They took the trip there and got stuck there like the rest of the people.