Gang signs and graffiti lines

narcosard The Mexican cartels, infamous world wide, churn over massive profits through the transportation and sale of illicit substances as part of a grotesquely violent narco-culture. They even have their own tunes for ride-alongs, called narcocorrido’s; Mexican accordion driven polka music singing the tales of the powder on scales.

However, it’s not all peaches and cream for those within the cartel’s; the threat of torture, death and mass murder looms over one’s head at all times. If that doesn’t discourage you, death by shame might.

MEXICAN’T #2: YOU CAN’T JOIN A CARTEL IF YOU DON’T LIKE BAD PRESS

A movement started by a collective of Street artists named
Lapiztola is under way in Mexico that uses street art as a weapon to fight against social and political issues. Namely, the drug cartel and violence that surrounds it. The brainchild of two artists from Oaxaca, this movement has spread across the country and can be seen in the murals depicting violence, death and the brutality of cartel wars on the innocents who become entangled in them.

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A bloody representation of how the cartels have divided up the country, courtesy of the guardian

This form of art is symbolic on two fronts; it represents current conditions in Mexico and public sentiment. Tired of their suffering paid in blood, the Mexican populace has been fighting back any way they can. Street art, especially murals have been an outlet allowing them to express their anger and grief in resistance to the violence they are subjected to.

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The bloody tentacles of the cartel beast and its suited victims (the guardian)

 

MEXICAN #2: OBSERVE THE STREET ART THROUGH LOCAL EYES

Fortunately for us Gringo’s, thanks to the popularity of the street art movement in Mexico it has become some what of a tourist attraction, especially so in Mexico city. This socio-political voice in pictures that started in Oaxaca and spread, birthed street art tours  that now operate in Mexico city, Street Art Chilango. Giving tourists a chance to see many hard to find pieces, and explain their significance, these tours allow us an insight into Mexico’s collective emotional state; they paint a collective picture, so to speak.

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