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      Studio Time — chicano art

      V for Vendetta by Erick Aguinaldo (Poem)

      V for Vendetta by Erick Aguinaldo (Poem)

      Sometimes we wondered if our brand inspires people. Sometimes we wondered if our stories, that is shown through our designs, can be seen or heard. This is a video that was sent to us by Erick Aguinaldo of his untitled poem. It really described how we feel, who we are, and what our mission is. We liked it so much that I just had to share it.

      And the V is for Vendetta 
      Catch me in an Anarchist’s uniform 
      Topped off by a Black beretta.

      Eating tortas, as I spit on your 
      bruschetta. A glock in my right hand 
      and In my left I hold poinsettias 
      because there is beauty In our pain, 
      sunshine behind the rain.

      There is blood, but also love 
      that is flowing through our veins. 
      We’re armed with weapons 
      and our brains. Dreams of Freedom, 
      and memories of our brothers, sisters 
      slain. We fight for them We fight for us,

      so their deaths are not in vain.
      by Erick Aguinaldo



      Shoes On A Wire. What does it mean?

      Shoes On A Wire. What does it mean?

      As time passes by, we see a lot of things that are part of the culture fade away. Gentrification has done a number in these neighborhoods. A lot of what made the characteristics of the hood are now disappearing, one of them being the shoes hanging from a power line. 
      I’ve heard many theories as to what they meant. Gang territory, drug dealer nearby, murder location. I personally don’t know if any of these are true. Where I grew up was in gang territory and because of that there were drug dealers around and for the same reason I’m sure there were some murders around the way. So, I always saw them. But I Think people just threw them just to do It too. 
      Shoes hanging by a wire have been part of my culture and my environment. It was only right for me to make them into air fresheners.  Whatever their meaning might be to you, it means my culture and it was important for me to make this to keep pieces of our culture alive. The fact that its an air freshener is just a giant plus.


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