We dedicate this issue to all the Chicanos/Mexicanos that have fought for our Civil Rights and Freedom of Speech. The Chicano Movement has been fomenting since the end of the U.S. — Mexican War in 1848, when the current U.S-Mexican border took form where walls and fences were placed. At one time people used to cross the border without any problems and they could come and go as they pleased. Since that time, countless Chicanos and Chicanas have confronted discrimination, racism and exploitation. The Chicano Movement that culminated in the early 1970s took inspiration from heroes and heroines from their indigenous, Mexican and American past. One of the main ways to cope with racism and to gain equal right was through Chicano Street art. Many artists took refuge in their homes and honed their art skills by creating masterpieces that represented Familia and the neighborhood’s way of life.
In this issue we hooked up with the grandfather of Chicano Art — El Senor Emigdio Vasquez. Emigdio’s artistic expressions include some historical events and also what he saw in his surroundings while growing up in Orange County, CA. His artwork consists of Bombas, Pachucos, and the daily street life of many Orange County Neighborhoods. His paintings are immortalized by many Chicano icons like Cesar Chavez.
Another artist by the name of Rudy Torres was also raised in the Zoot Suit era and he found escape from his troubled childhood through his artwork. His way of life influenced the way he does his artwork and he is always looking into new ways to create more outstanding artwork. At the moment he is working on an Aztec Calendar collection that will be finished in 2012.
In our Flesh Art section we get a special sneak peek into ?The Gallery? created by Eddy Reyes owner of Secret Sidewalk. His tattoo shop has helped many Chicano artists become recognized and it has also opened doors for many in the world of tattooing.
We also take a look into some of the best artwork from a tattoo artist in Mexico City. Tony from Tatuajes Mexico had all the artists who attended his Tattoo Expo last July create new artwork and it was displayed in a one of a kind art gallery for two straight days.
Hope you enjoy this issue that contains positive artists and legends. Take the time to study and check out the detail of their artwork that graces the pages of ARTE. In conclusion I would like to thank the artist that contribute their artwork with us. You guys are the ones that create the backbone of this magazine and keep it going strong. Keep your pencils sharp and keep submitting your artwork; you never know when you might be the next Feature artist.