Wednesday, October 13, 2010

gong



Here are a set of pins I made for my friend Hugo and his Gong event that happened in Rome this September. I used vintage images that I thought would go with the gong theme. I used the typewriter for the text, manually cutting the individual letters to glue on to the images. I wanted the pins to depict something unusual and a bit strange, but with a sense of humor. I mailed a set of these pins to Rome so they could pass them out during the event. It’s great to know that these pins are residing somewhere in Rome now.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

my loco relatives



I was part of a show with my friends from Local 562 in Whittier, California a few weeks ago. The show was titled Loco Monster, it was a Halloween theme. I thought about it for a few days before making my pieces. When thinking of the images, the thought of monsters or ghouls wasn’t appealing to me. I wanted to do something on the scary side, but without being too obvious. I thought of a 50’s album that I bought a few years ago. A picture of a little girl came to mind. I remembered how when I was little I found some of my relatives to be kind of scary. That’s where My Scary Prima and My Crazy Tia came from.

I’ve been doing a lot of work using the photocopier, so I thought I could apply that to these pieces. I made photocopies of the pictures, enlarging them to fit on my canvas board. I cut the images into four pieces and glued them onto a canvas. I typed the text using my typewriter, then enlarged it using a photocopier and glued it on to the pictures. I then finished the pieces by putting them in a vintage frame. It ended up being a lot of work but in the end I was very satisfied with the result. My Scary Prima and My Crazy Tia feel like they have a life of their own.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

trastorno


My friend Carlos Metropoli asked me to make some pins for the 2nd anniversary of Trastorno, his Spanish Movida night in Los Angeles. He wanted the pins to show images of movida artists such as Alaska y Dinarama, Almodovar, Mcnamara, etc. I wasn’t sure how to accomplish this since I always create my pins using images I cut out from books or magazines. I had no images from such artists to spare. I did, however, have a few Alaska y Dinarama CDs, which had plenty of pictures. Alaska y Dinarama were huge in Spain and Latin America and were one of the most representative bands of the movida.

I decided to photocopy the images from the CDs and reduce them to a size that would allow me to make them fit on a pin. I managed to reduce the images, after many attempts, to a size that would work. I also typed the word ‘trastorno’ using my typewriter, and reduced the text to a size that would fit on the pin. It was a lot of work but in the end I was happy with the result. For me it was important to create them this way, especially since I was dealing with subject matter from the 80s. I wanted to make something that could have been made back then.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

chicano slang



A couple of weeks ago I was part of a local art show here in Silverlake. I wanted to make something new for the show, but only had a week to prepare. I had just gotten back from my 6-week trip to Spain and Italy. I had been out for while, so I was feeling a bit disconnected. I wanted to make some new pins, something very LA. I decided to use one of my favorite movies as inspiration, ‘Blood In Blood Out’. I really have no idea how many times I’ve seen this movie now, but it never fails to entertain me.

I watched the movie and wrote down words and quotes as they came to me. I was also cutting images from vintage school books. The words I chose had to be short so that they would fit within the pin surface. I later typed out the words on my typewriter and glued them to the images. In the end I came up with 15 pins, using words that are very familiar to many of us who grew up in California. Although the words came from a very violent movie, I think the pins evoke the kind of innocence we all tend to miss.

Sunday, June 27, 2010




Here's another set of zines that I've been working on. They are 12 pages each. There's two different zines in this style.

I hand painted the covers using a stencil. They're from pages from a found book. I photocopied the images on blue paper. All work was done manually.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010




I have been busy lately creating new zines. I created a number of pieces recently using vintage pinup magazines. I had fun playing with the erotic images, combining them with not-so-erotic captions. The captions I use are all from different sources. I feel they give the images a new meaning.

I hand painted the covers using a stencil. They're from pages from a found book. I photocopied the images in pink paper. All work was done manually, I did not use my computer in the process.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

mexican pulp comics in italiano



Mexican pulp comics have been around for decades. I’m a big fan of these publications, finding them to be very unique and interesting. These publications typically cater to the working class and tend to be very dramatic. Normally filled with sex, drama and violence, topics covered typically include love, betrayal, treason, etc. The expressions in the illustrations always enhance the drama involved in the story. While there are a wide range of Mexican pulp comics, the ones I used for these pieces are more on the romantic side.

To create the pieces, I first read through the comic and selected the images I could use. I then cut them out and altered them with watercolor paint. I finished them by gluing the Italian text, words taken from an Italian self-help book. In the end, I feel that the pieces, without their original text and now in Italian, have taken on a new life.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

pins in italiano



I have been studying Italian this year. It’s been great being back in a school environment. I feel a certain pride as I walk onto campus every week, it’s refreshing. I also purchased a pin-making machine this year. I’ve discovered how fun it is to make pins. One of my first projects was making some pins in Italian. I’ve had one book in Italian for a while that I bought at a thrift store. I was finally able to use it. I carefully selected words that I knew and cut them out. Then I paired them up with some biblical images. They came from a 1950’s bible for children. These are the 12 pins that I made.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

please please please let me get what i want



This has always been one of my favorite Smiths songs. And I do have many favorite Smiths songs. The song is so short that it’s over before you know it. It’s melancholy spoke to me as a teenager, and still does today.

I made this piece while working with Aitor, a new friend of mine who was visiting from Spain and who is also a big Smiths/Morrissey fan (and he also happens to be a great artist). Together we created 16 pieces for a Smiths/Morrissey zine. This is one of the pieces we created.

Check out Aitor's website:

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Cosmos



There’s plenty of work I’ve done lately that I need to share. Here are some that I worked on recently. The images are from a series of books I acquired, which involve children visiting a number of different work places. Farms, post offices, factories, etc. I had all these images for a while but was not sure what text to associate with them. Once I stumbled onto a spiritual book I had my answer. The innocence and ambivalence of the pictures were a perfect match to the spiritual wisdom.