Ballad of the Chicano Nerd

Being a Chicano nerd can be a lonely affair of puzzled looks and references that no one else gets. For instance, there are plenty of Chicanos out there and Mass Effect 2 is one of best selling games of 2010 and 2011 yet I wonder how many culturally engaged Chicanos play Mass Effect 2. With that question looming over me I created the artwork above.

I LOVE Mass Effect 2 and recently finished my second playthrough (with a Chicana Shephard, natch). Indulging my inner Chicano nerd I drew an encounter between Frida and I complete with Mass Effect 2’s dialogue tree. The original renegade speech option was simply Let’s fuck but I figured it was too abrasive.

I wonder if anyone out there will relate to both a Frida joke and a Mass Effect 2 joke? In the meantime I’m taking solace in this photo of Tupac and Suge Knight playing a Sonic the Hedgehog game on the Genesis.

Peace,

Rio

We are The Rathboners

So I have been virtually absent from online activity for the last two weeks. I wish I could attribute it to something dramatic or catastrophic but the truth is I bought an HDTV and a Playstation 3 (160GB, natch) and I’ve been way too occupied with it. As I type this I’m watching John Cusack and Hilary Duff in War Inc. on blu-ray with it. I’ve been playing Fallout 3 and the “art game” Flower.

Even when I leave the houseI still end up on the PS3, I recently went to a birthday party for my friend Carina and we ended up playing Rock Band all night long. Our group was named The Rathboners Named in honor of Carina’s love of actor Jackson Rathbone. Here we are in action below performing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Maps.

I’m back on my art game, just after I reach the next level in Fallout 3.

Peace,

Rio