Saturday, February 04, 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Cultural Icons Turned Hipsters

Icons as Hipsters is a series of illustrations by Chilean artist, Fabian Ciraolo, featuring cultural icons like Frida Kahlo, Che Guevara and Salvador Dali in hipster attire. More illustrations by Ciraolo can be found on his blog here.

Of New England Latinos, American Racism and Tacos...Cross-Cultural Connecticut Culinary Cockiness!

Link to the related news stories HERE and HERE

The Good, the Bad and the Hipster

This music video is a tip of the sombrero to spaghetti western director, Sergio Leone, recreating that famous scene in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" as Toy Selectah, Rey Pila and a mariachi go at it in a dance-off in the middle of the desert.

Toy Selectah is a Mexican DJ and major figure in the Latin American music scene, infusing cumbia and urban beats into his remixes for artists such Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, just to name a few.

Rey Pila is a Mexico City indie rocker, who combines different genres such as shoegaze, funk, with psychedelic distortions and haunting, high pitched vocals, both in English and Spanish.

A taste of Rey Pila's music here.

Lalo Alcaraz on Rachel Maddow!

Listen, Whitey! From Fantagraphics!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Junot Diaz, Sherman Alexie, and Others React Against Arizona Censorship Moves: Another Chapter in the History of Anti-Mexican Neo-Fascism

thanx to marla laguardia, ace malas grad student, for bringing this to my ojos!

MIL MASCARAS Lucha Libre Cine Classic: Las Vampiras

Another wonderful piece from the lurid semiotic history of the Americas! If anyone knows the name of the artist who did this poster, I would be in your debt if you forwarded me word here in the comments below....


John Carradine co-stars in this 1969 film. More here. Nice review here.

Here's a seen from the film--do beware, it moves at a glacial pace...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sofia Vergara in DETAILS | The Past is the Future is the Present: Ruminations on the Latest Latina Femme Fatale

Sofia Vergara is a collage--there lurking in her performative DNA lurk Lupe Velez, Raquel Welch, Tina Louise, Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth and a handful of other successful femme fatales.  She has her own style, to be sure, but she moves with a familiar rhythm--much of what I had to say about Latina/o figuration in Tex{t}-Mex had to with a lurid metonymification where "Mexican" or "Latina/o" evolved as a shorthand for a velvety sexuality--on the brink of being always/already pejorative (for some), a possibility (for pleasure) for others.

In any event, this photo/story from the December/January 11/12 DETAILS magazine needs to be archived here for the 2nd edition of Tex{t}-Mex.  The photo is by Norman Jean Roy; the story by David Walters.