on culture


I’ve recently started playing soccer again. I’ve never been much for sports, but soccer was always the exception, partly because I viewed it as an extension of my Latinx identity. I grew up listening to Andreas Cantor boom out of the television speakers, while snacking on guacamole and rooting for Colombia or Venezuela—two teams that never really stood a chance of making it to the finals.

I would sing the Conavi Tiro de Esquina jingle whenever a corner kick was called, repeatedly murmur lagarto when the opposing team had a free kick on goal, and yell along with Cantor when a goal was made.

What got me thinking about all of this is that each time I’ve played soccer these last few weeks, I get a weird urge to blast Joe Arroyo on the car ride home. So here’s a drawing that sums up my feelings on the subject of soccer.

Yo La Tengo Hanukkah 2017

5 years ago, Yo La Tengo had their final Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey. This year, they decided to revive the 8 nights of music & comedy at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. My friend and I decided to fly out for all 8 nights of shows. 

Kind of at the last minute, I decided to give myself a design challenge for each day we were there: create an Instagram-zine (inspo: fka twigs) of the previous nights events.

I only allowed myself 3 hours to work on each one, used photos & videos that I shot, and tried not to repeat any visual themes. 

When viewed on Instagram, the videos automatically play and each individual slide appears to be a part of one long continuous strip, which is how I designed the posts in photoshop. It was a neat exercise to think outside of the box  within the constraints of a platform.