Friday, April 06, 2012

Back on the KPFK Airwaves! Gustavo Arellano and William Nericcio on the Librotraficantes for Arizona and More...



It was great being on the radio again today, KPFK to be exact, with the infamous, amazing author of Ask a Mexican and, now, Taco USA--the one and only Gustavo Arellano. Our sequence begins about 20 minutes in, but listen to the whole thing (streaming) if you have an hour or so to burn (while you are updating your Facebook page ;-0). The ipodcast is here.

NOTE: the photo above is from our original Xicanoholic performance at Casa Familiar's theFRONT in San Ysidro--video evidence here.

Yet Another Entry in the Bizarre Bestiary of Utterly Odd Ersatz Caucasian Figures


thanks to profe hache carillo! i stole this scary image off his facebook feed...

Monday, April 02, 2012

Luchadores: Mexican Wrestlers Hit France


French shoe store Eram has launched a sweepstakes with the grand prize being a trip for two to Cancun, Mexico. Featured in its publicity posters promoting its brand E-You are five luchadores, with names such as "Rosa La Americana" and "Aldo el Dandino". These luchadores invite you to "Win the battle and spend a week in Mexico." The masked wrestlers are recognizable figures in Mexican sports culture; but what is interesting to note is the gesture and the slogan used with these images of luchadores. The pointing finger and the "I want E-you", allude to Uncle Sam, a figure representative of the United States government. In this context of cultural symbolism, the name "Rosa
La Americana" might exemplify the interlacing of the Mexican and American cultures as lived by many Mexicans residing in the U.S. Even in this ad found outside of the United States and Mexico, we can still perceive a trace of duality of the 'frenemies' Mexico and the U.S.

Cool Animation | Pilote Tout en Haut du Monde / Longway North by Sacrebleu Productions