Author Puro Chingón Collective

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The Puro Chingón Collective—comprised of Austin-based artists Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi, James Huizar, and Claudia Zapata—was formed in 2012, after the publication of the first issue of ChingoZine, an arts publication featuring a uniquely LatinX perspective on current topics. Some issues address lighthearted themes related to popular culture, such as issue 5 which features reflections about the late Chicana-pop icon Selena Quintanilla. Others feature more serious political themes, such as issue 6.5 which gathers graphic contestations to the 2017 Texas Senate Bill 4 [SB4], and issue 7.5 which responds to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). Their 2014 issue, DO EAST!, was a special edition created for EAST (East Austin Studio Tour) and features the work of graffiti artist Federico Archuleta (a.k.a. El Federico). Putting his own spin on traditional calaveras (skulls), El Federico adorns one with a cowboy hat, bejeweled grills, and brow line sunglasses, and forms another from a generalized Mixtec deity DJing a turntable.

Do EAST!, Puro Chingón Collective

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