Saturday, March 26, 2011

Los Bros Hernandez: Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez Prints from Heritage Auctions

I have spent the better part of twenty years writing about the work of Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez--I never get tired of languishing in their inky black pools of semiotic sensuality!

Gilbert Hernandez
"Tales from Somnopolis" (source)

Jaime Hernandez
"How to Kill a          by Isabel Ruebens" (source)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Perhaps Not the Best Disguise Suggested by a Coyote...

New Mexican Science Fiction | Via

Comedic Meditations on Latinas/os and Baseball | via

Rethinking, Re-seeing History


echoes of Izel Vargas' work in this show, to be sure!

thanks to josh kun for the linkazo!

The Photographic Spoils of War: Seymour M. Hersh on New Revelations Regarding U.S. Soldiers and War Photography

Tex[t]-Mex luridly (and, I pray, lucidly) chronicles the consequences of war photography on U.S./Mexico relations in the 20th and 21st-century; the introduction, drawing madly on the work of Paul Vanderwood in Border Fury, documents how post-card vendors, the tweeters of their day, followed U.S. expeditionary force troops through northern Mexico as they attempted to apprehend Pancho Villa (unsuccessfully).  Along the way, these troops--led by some interesting, newly minted officers out of West Point: George Patton, Douglas MacArthur--routinely posed for shots with Mexican cadavers (some they had shot, others they had hung, others they stumbled upon in their mad dash across Veracruz, Tamaulipas, and beyond).

And now, 2011, it's happening again. In Afghanistan. Seymour M. Hersh is on it in his new piece for The New Yorker.  Click the image opposite for a photographic/war odyssey it takes the likes of  Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, and Paul Virilio to parse.

Compare W. H. Horne's photo (1916) from a period postcard (El Paso?) with the one in the Hersh story:

The original Der Spiegel image-post is here (NSFYS*)

*NSFYS: Likely not safe for your soul

UPDATE: more horrid photos from ROLLING STONE.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mext and Match

Ponte the mariachi t-shirt over a pair of your favorite jeans and, órale! Now you are setting a true multicultural fashion statement.

The comprehensive Surropa web store aims to please. If the insta-mariachi is not your thing, shop by theme (Brazil, Caribbean, Dia de los Muertos, Mexico, Cartoon- Comic, Indigenous Culture, name a few).

No Chavo or Chapulin Colorado that I can see, only Don Ramón. Though I don't ever remember him muttering "Chanfle!" But, que le hace? His sour face makes the world smile.

Another classic is a La Madrastra t-shirt. Why? Maria Rubio was an iconic glamourous and villainous stepmother in la telenovela Cuna de Lobos. (Eye patch sold separately).

    And gracias Guanabee. You are the coolest.

"Iconic Latinas/os"???

... thanks to our Bay Area beatwriter Tomás Riley for setting this new dispatch from Latina Magazine on my radar!

Cool New Prints...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fountain of Sensuous Latino Shape discovered: No curves? No problem!

Dear sir or madam: Is your non-Latina body depressing you today?

Jezebel (via Sociological Images) points us to the entrepreneurial Dr. Raquel Borges, from Venezuela living in the UK. She has developed yet another torture device to morph women's (and men's) bodies into a more acceptable (sexier, curvier-yet flatter) state.

Plus we all know that Latinas are the ones with the curves. Read it and weep Kimmie Kardashian. Hear that Coco? Stop taking over the Latina's curvy domain.

And for you other ladies and gentlemen who do not seek to usurp a body-type but merely emulate it? Then go get yourself some Bodyshapers. Get ready to "discover the secret of sexy Latino curves," point your mouse over to Real Body Shapers, order yourself something from the curve enhancing assortment and you too will look just like Sofía Vergara.

Oh... and don't forget to mention the code word "Latino" if you want to take advantage of the 10% discount. Happy Shopping!

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