It would be no exaggeration to say that 2020 has been a year that has shaken up our daily routines.
I concluded, for example, that I need to push harder with my art, my job, and my message. That push became real with the creation of my Barrio Watch line.
A satirical take on the “Neighborhood Watch” signs seen during the 80’s and 90’s, the Barrio Watch logo serves as a warning sign to white supremacists, reminding them that our barrios and hoods are keeping an eye on them. In the dawn of the Ku Klux Klan, minorities feared their night raids. Today, the tables have turned.
Magali Garcia’s I Need tells the story of a girl who is always looking for something else. Will she ever get what she wants?
In the brand new music video I Don’t Like the Comics You Drew, Dave draws the first page of his comic book and excitedly shows it to his friend Lei Lei. Lei Lei, however, is not impressed.
In the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan, the Hernandez Garcia family takes local clay and water and transforms it into stunning glazed pottery, just like their ancestors before them. [Video by Mariano Rentería Garnica.]
Mexican Handcraft Masters/COPPER from Mariano Rentería Garnica shows Abono Punzo and his crew hard at work making beautiful, functional artifacts from waste copper in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan.
The border wall between Tijuana and San Diego slashes the beach and dives into the Pacific, unnaturally separating thousands of friends and families. But one woman saw things differently; Mexican-American artist Ana Teresa Fernandez recruited an artistic army to paint the fence away.
Stuck in London without a rebozo? Salsa-less in Soho? Caught without a calaca? Stop by the Mestizo Mexican Market — next door to Mestizo Restaurant & Tequila Bar on Hampstead Road in Kings Cross — for all your arte, comida, y ropas requirements.
POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz stopped by WGBH in Boston today to record an interview (audio and video) for Public Radio International’s The World with Carol Hills.
It sounds like he made some new friends in Boston:
Alcaraz is a strong believer in laughing during hard times. And that’s where satire comes in. Coping with humor is something he learned from his Mexican parents. “It’s kind of the Mexican national pastime. I was just telling my Uber driver that the US has become Mexico. That’s why we all have 10 jobs.”
Here’s the audio:
A surrealist journey through colors and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García Lorca. Visual poetry in the rhythm of fantastic dreams and passionate nights inspired by the biomorphism of Joan Miró. [short film by Theodore Ushev.]
“Sandy Perez picked up her first embroidery hoop three years ago, and what started as a hobby quickly turned into a passion project as she stitched empowering feminist messages and humorous pop cultural references into her designs,” Huffington Post explains.
Painting on the radio is like fish on bicycles, except if you are POCHO amigo Ramiro Gomez, Jr., whose artistic mission is to represent the usually invisible immigrant laborers who keep America running.
Carlos Arredondo is a 24-year-old self-taught artisan who crafts papier-mâché figurines. He sees his creations as counterweights to crime and violence; there is beauty and enchantment in Mexico, he says.
Let’s define our terms: According to the Daily Texican, “naco,” not a nice word, is Mexican slang for a lower class, ignorant country bumpkin, and/or a derogatory term for an “Indio” or native.
“Naco art,” therefore, is the Mexican version of lowbrow “art” like Elvis paintings on velvet or sad clowns and/or big-eyed “Keene” people.
Comic artist Axur Eneas created a series of illustrations of videogame gear, characters, mascots, logos, icons, and glyphs for a gamer convention in Mexico DF. We captioned them all for your nerdy geeky pleasure.
Mexican artist Hector Zamora filled up an exhibit space in the French countryside with empty, boarded-up campers and RVs (they call them caravans over there).
Why, exactly? Julien Zerbone explains:
I started painting an Aztec skater Tuesday afternoon for an a planned auction to benefit the mirth-making here at POCHO. Here’s how he looks so far:
That awkward moment when an art restorer finds the teeth in an 18th Century Mexican statue of Jesus are human teeth. Y tambien en español:
POCHO Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón (@SaraChicaD on the Twitter) is like a Virgen, manicured for the very first time. She calls her video Guadalupe Nail Art – Decoración de Uñas Virgen de Guadalupe. Yes, it is a silent video.
“If your intent was to in effect slap Catholics across the face, by putting forth this public depiction of Our Lady as a party girl, during the very week that we honor her as our patroness, then I can only say that from my perspective, you succeeded,” wrote the Rev. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz, the rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, in a letter to the editor. “I must voice my outrage and disgust at the decision to depict Our Lady of Guadalupe in such a demeaning manner. I am personally and professionally insulted by the cover.”
POCHO wants to confess, too! Mea culpa, Padre. We have sinned with some of our recent illustrations, like this one of the Virgin contemplating a pregnancy test:
Does this prison outfit make my butt look fat? [Illustration by jimwich]
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As Summer 2012 wound down, the Opera del Espacio troupe dispatched their live street theater squad to the Los Angeles Metro Gold Line, and video’d the amusement, amazement and astonishment that greeted their performances. You don’t have to take the train to see them, however. They’re on Twitter and Facebook, too.