Selena Ouija — Tejana Oracle

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Continuing with my ongoing Board Game series is the Selena Ouija. The first edition of Selena Ouija is available exclusively through MACLA’s Community Supported Arts program. Each board/print comes with a Selena-themed planchette that allows you to divine messages from the beyond. Of all the board games I’ve designed so far this was the most fun and interesting to do research on. The real and fabricated story of the Ouija’s inventor William Fuld is fascinating. Get one tonight at MACLA’s CSA party! More info: http://maclaarte.org/artist-resources/csa-program/

planchettesheetPeace,

Rio

Batman and Anzaldua: Dawn of Justice

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Batman and Anzaldua is an homage to two of my heroes, the Dark Knight and Gloria Anzaldua. It’s a follow up of sorts to an old comic strip I did called Batman and Gomez-Peña. This piece is dedicated to artists Anel Flores and Maricela Olguin, both of them involved with The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa.

Maybe one day we’ll see these two titans team up.

 

Peace,

Rio

This Saturday! Eviction Garage Sale!

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Hi everyone,

My family is having an eviction themed garage sale this weekend at Galeria de la Raza. This is your chance to score a bargain and lend  a helping hand to a family being evicted in San Francisco. I’ll be selling some cool things from my collection including:

Comic books: A ton of comics from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Get ‘em good and cheap!

Books and magazines: Including graphic novels, sci-fi books, and a huge amount of 80’s and 90’s roleplaying games from my nerdy past.

Toys: Really cool stuff from the 80’s and 90’s!

Retro video games: including a huge pile of Sega Genesis games.

DVDs: Stacks and stacks of cool movies, Hong Kong action films, and 90’s anime.

 

I hope to see you there!

Rio

The Huelga-Tron 3000 Farmworker Defense Mech

Borrowing from 80’s anime mech design and the timeliness of Cesar Chavez Day, I present to you my latest creation – The Huelga-Tron 3000 Farmworker Defense Mech. For the last month I’ve been slowly building this Lego behemoth and I’m really happy with the results. I’m thinking about making another UFW themed Lego creation soon, stay tuned!

In case you were wondering, the Dolores Huerta minifigure is NOT an official Lego product. It was produced by Chinese bootleg Lego manufacturer IQ as part of their Black Widow line (as in Black Widow from the Marvel comics/movies). These original minifigures are fascinating and can be purchased on eBay and here.

Peace,

Rio

My Proposal for the Lego Movie sequel

In the last three months a confluence of events have led to a rediscovered love of Legos for me. Starting with receiving a Lego Batman set on my birthday from Chicano superstars Cary Cordova and John Mckiernan-Gonzlez, finding my childhood Lego collection in the midst of my parent’s eviction, and ending with watching the Lego Movie; I’m all in. Since then I’ve organized and cleaned the dusty Legos I loved so much as a kid and made many pilgrimages to the Lego store to buy new ones. On Monday I sat down to play and inspiration struck. I cobbled together a UFW flag from my bricks. Wanting to flesh it out more I created a small agricultural field and put in Emmet and Wyldstyle from the Lego Movie right in the middle of it. I think I’m happier with everyone extrapolating their own stories from the images so that’s as much as I’ll say about my intentions.

When I posted the images above on facebook, someone asked me if I was the first person to make a UFW flag out of Legos. To be honest I don’t know. I’ve never seen any UFW (or Chicano) themed Lego constructions but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. If anyone know of any previous UFW Lego art let me know.

Peace,

Rio

El Rio’s Valentine’s Day Cards 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my friends and lovers! El Rio’s Valentine’s Day Cards are back in the ring to take another swing! This is the 8th year of my cards and it’s turned into my longest running project yet. Enjoy! As always, please post these cards on the pages of your online friends, craigslist booty calls, sanchos, baby daddies, OK Cupid regrets, people you’re stalking on instagram, and people in your polyamorous love-quadrangle. To see a complete collection of El Rio’s Valentine’s Day Cards visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elrio/sets/72157594533338379/

Peace & Love,

Rio

Japanese Chicano Fashion – Fresh for 2014!

I am endlessly fascinated by the Chicano/Cholo subculture of Japan. It’s inspired artwork and writing of mine for almost two decades. In the last couple of years I’ve done periodic check-ins on the latest Chicano fashions in Japan (mostly from clothing brand Slangy) and I’m here with another mind-blowing report back. See my previous findings on Slangy and Japanese-Chicano fashions HERE and HERE. Enjoy!

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01701804139230スランジー/シャツ SLANGY フランネルチェックマリアシャツ

01701804139310スランジー/シャツ SLANGY ブロックチェックスカルシャツ

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And last but not least, these iPhone cases:

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01701858146310スランジー/アイフォンケース SLANGY スカルマリアI phone5ケース

Peace,

Rio