Ricardo Cortes



Prospect Heights

Ricardo Cortes is a man of passion and investigation. He takes on a vulnerable moment or a social predicament and weaves a story around it through illustration and narration. He researches and resists and makes sub-cultures through his thought leadership. You might have seen his illustrations in the children’s book Go the Fuck to Sleep. You should also see his latest book Coffee, Coca & Cola. (http://www.CoffeeCocaCola.com). In his spare time he teaches art workshops for young men and women at Rikers Island.

Name: Ricardo Cortés
Age: Changes all the time
Place of Birth: East Coast, USA
Parents: Italian / Mexican
Occupation/Aspiration: Publisher / Biologist

When did you move to NYC and why?
I moved to NY in the early 90s, partly to study anthropology and shamanism, and partly because this is where Public Enemy was from.

Tell us about a passion project you are working on now or are dreaming about.
I'm interested in the discovery of otherness that we go through as a species. I mean truly foreign, incomprehensible moments of confronting the Other: the apes meeting the monolith; the "Old World" of brown people meeting white men of the "New World"; 9/11—many Americans' first awareness of violence of such scale. How we react reveals a lot about human nature and, I believe, faith in our convictions. Ah, so... I'm writing a children's book about this.

New York City is a city that….
has a lot of pretty amazing theme songs.

Share with us the most fascinating NYC subculture you have come across.
I was a bike messenger in ‘95/‘96, where you flip from mailrooms to executive suites, passing through a sweatshop on the way. There are so many extremes here and I love how we overlap. What drives me crazy is people who will never become familiar with the opposite end of their spectrum: over-confident "everyone has a chance to make it" people born with wealth who can't imagine the obstacles that still exist for so many trying to engage the metropolis, or on the other hand 17-year-olds locked up in Rikers Island who've never been out of their neighborhood.

What’s your drink of choice?
Agua fresca de melón.

Who is your favorite designer? Favorite label or product?
Designer: I like Tom Otterness’s bronze pieces in the subway. Label: A Peace Treaty (www.apeacetreaty.com) makes some beautiful scarves.

In your personal life or profession what is an example of the nexus between technology, culture, and community?
Bike loops around Prospect Park.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
I'll go out on an unpopular limb here and say when Hernán Cortés first came here with his crew, and they wanted to go home, and he burned all their ships, their rides back, and said "ain't nothing we can do now but move forward into the unknown." That was pretty hardcore and worthy of admiration. He also did some less-admirable things as well. Oh wait, he wasn't a Mexican really.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I have at least tens of thousands of species of organisms in my body working mostly together (1-5k in the mouth alone), some of which have complete distinct DNA trails from my own, suggesting foreign life forms that have colonized my corporeal ecosystem. So I'm like a planet.



www.Rmcortes.com


@Rmcortes



Fausto Teran, Racial Profiling DF, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City




Terán is a filmmaker and photographer using his attentive eye and humorous narration to direct more than 200 television commercials to date. His signature style is playful and young, spinning traditional brands into sexy marketing campaigns. His film projects are reflective of a contemporary Latin America, using personal history to contextualize colorful stories. Take the award winning short film, 1975, about a middle class boy growing up in Mexico in the seventies. Gael, the lead character, is full of willful exuberance, taking punches at life literally and metaphorically. While Terán's latest feature film, Blind Doberman is a racy thriller about swingers in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That project is also a collection of photographs shown in galleries through Mexico.

Age: 38

Place of Birth: Mexico City

Parents Place of Birth:: Mexico City
Occupation/ Aspiration: Film Director

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Polanco. It's very close to my office and the dojo.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
Teaching, thinking.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.
More echo, less ego.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
New York University, I studied film.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
Photography.

Who is your favorite thinker?
Miyamoto Musashi

Name your favorite book.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Name your favorite blog.
Fight Hymn

Name a Mexican you admire.
All of them.

Share a secret nook in DF and NY where you like to hide or escape to?
Donceles in Mexico City. In NY, the Bay on Grand Street, Brooklyn.

What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico and New York?
New York in owned by Mexicans.

What vision do you have to develop this movement further?
Keep doing art. Art is what makes every single country powerful. It is called
 Soft Power.



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@faustotoro



Tony Moxham, Mauricio Paniagua, DF Casa



DFC

We always admire designers like the duo behind DFC. They have the ability to transform objects from jewelry pieces to life-size animal structures into playful pieces of art. From ceramic Chinosere to 14 karat gold bowls, these high design creations belong in galleries and behind glass doors. Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua opened their flagship store in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma in 2011. And in 2012, they set up their own ceramic atelier outside of Cuernavaca. Everything they make is fair-trade and 100 percent Mexican made in collaboration with Mexican artisans. Before setting up shop in Mexico, Tony was the art director at Interview Magazine and Mauricio was a fine artist in New York. The two bring a polished and posh design aesthetic to Mexico while spinning traditional talismans and auspicious symbols into shiny happy things.
 

Name: Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua

Age: 42 and 44

Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia and Guatemala City, Guatemala

Parents: Yes!

Occupation/Aspiration: Designers, DFC, contemporary artists, journalist (Tony)


When did you move to Mexico City and why?

In 2005, mostly to escape NYC, but also to try a different life in a different place. 

Tell us about a passion project you are working on now or are dreaming about.

We've been asked to participate in a charity at project for Zona MACO 2014 with Iñaki Bonillas, Pedro Reyes, Eduardo Terrazas and Gabriel de la Mora. We are creating our largest chaquira sculpture to date. It will be an Aztec warrior woman, caught and tied for sacrifice. We've been researching Aztec warrior dress, as well as Aztec makeup and "style". The final work will be fetish-tied within a hand-made glass box.

Mexico City is a city that….
.
. . can feel like a lawless metropolis while simultaneously offering some of the most sophisticated culture in the world.

Share with us the most fascinating Mexico City subculture you have come across.

We recently saw a fantastic documentary from Vice at Ciné Tonala about the cumbiatón scene here in D.F. and we are now fans of Pablito Mix (who arrived to the screening in full makeup, btw.) http://www.vice.com/es_mx/miscelanea-mexicana/pablito-mix-y-los-super-id...
 
Who is your community?

Our community here in D.F. is a cross of art, design, and other creative folks, and we keep in touch with the underground and creative pals we made from 14 years in NYC, plus from our homes of Australia and Guatemala. Our parties tend to have a Benetton feel to them.

What’s your drink of choice?

Mauricio loves Campari (on the rocks) and as an Aussie I tend to be a beer drinker. My fave Mexican beer is the also nicely packaged Indio.

Who is your favorite designer? Favorite label or product?

Fashion: Billionaire Boys Club, Ashish (I love his sequined denim!), Saint Laurent, Dion Lee, an emerging Aussie designer, Sibling from London, Christopher Kane, and Christopher Shannon.
In object design, we love the savage but beautifully crafted ceramic work of NYC based MQuan and LA-based Ben Mendansky. In technique, they both rise above the current trend for kindergarten-level, Memphis inspired object design.

What is an example of technology, culture, and community?

Facebook. The Home Shopping Network.

If you could create a movement what would it be?

We tend to be more fringe-oriented than group-oriented, so the idea of creating a movement isn't really in us. We're not qualified to tell others how to live their lives.    

What Mexican do you most admire and why?

We love artist Gabriel de la Mora, for his rigorous pursuit of spirituality, memory, obsession, and human feeling. The art scene in Mexico is the strongest in Latin America and he's one of the reasons why. He's also a fantastically nice person.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.

Tony: I was a former world champion trampolinist.

Mauricio: I was a former catholic religious painter.



totaldfc.com


@totaldf



Eva Posas, Rodrigo Tellez, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



At Their Studio

We first met Eva Posas and Rodrigo Téllez online when they ran Colourmein.com, an arts blog out of Mexico City from 2009-2011. We were enamored by their design savvy and art sensibility. It was an online masterpiece! But like many creatives, the blog turned out to be just one of many endeavors they set out to launch. Over subsequent years, they have also developed a video production house and a book publishing venture called Ediciones Hungria. Together they represent the insatiable talent coming out of Mexico, hungry to create and communicate with a greater global audience.  Their published works are emotive and witty and pretty!

Name:  Eva Posas / Rodrigo Téllez

Age: 28 / 29
Place of Birth Mexico City
Parents Place of Birth Mexico City, Oaxaca, Yucatán
Occupation/ Aspiration Eva is Head of Communications at Fundación Alumnos47, Rodrigo is doing studies in Finland.
 
Which projects are you working on now? And name something we should look out for in the next year.
R: I’m working on my master’s thesis and finishing a video for a Finnish punk record label. I want to do something that brings Finnish and Mexican culture closer, I’m constantly thinking about where cultures so far away like these meet. So be on the lookout for a couple of books with long words with many double consonants and umlauts.
E: I’m working on the year’s publication of Fundación Alumnos47, which is a non-profit related with contemporary art. I’m also preparing new projects with friends.

Describe a typical day:
R: A typical day includes checking my news feeds obsessively, drinking lots of coffee and spending an unhealthy amount of time in front of a computer screen. My future days will include taking lots of vitamin supplements and missing the sunlight.
 
E: Take the dog for a walk, get ready and ride my bicycle to work. Write lots of emails, have delicious food made at my work office; take a lot of coffee. Two days of the week I take part at some edition workshops and finally, walk Eno, the dog.


Which neighbourhood do you live in and why?
R: Right now I’m living in a neighborhood called Kallio, in Helsinki. It’s a working class neighbourhood adjacent to the city center.
 
E: Colonia Roma. It is a very central neighbourhood in Mexico City. Now it has gotten really crowded, however, I live on a street that doesn’t feel in the middle of “the scene” and still has this family-residential vibe.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
R: I hope what we do as Ediciones Hungría draws a smile to people’s faces. We certainly love to live in a place where products like ours exist.
E: Lately, I have been thinking a lot about this and, so far, I can only say that it will mean something to be coherent with your ideals and thoughts… act as conscious as you can.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.
R: I love this advice from Kurt Vonnegut: "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'"
 

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
R: I studied film in Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión and I’m currently doing a Master of Arts in Finland, the program is called Creative Business Management.
E: I studied German language and literature at Philosophy and Letters Faculty at UNAM.


What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
R:  I am fascinated with Werner Herzog’s films. His filmography is not only an array of extraordinary characters and art but also a remarkable example of what doing something with passion really is.
E: I met a German lecturer who had had such an amazing life: When he was young, he packed few things and started to walk the world. He worked in whatever he could in Africa, Asia… After all the adventures, he realized what he wanted to study, got back to Germany and started a career. He used to be a guide for Mexican students, his main teaching was that a career was not just about studying, but life itself.
 
List a meaningful object or talisman you carry with you? If you don’t have one what would it be?

R: I carry a small piece of concrete from a project I never got to finish. It is a reminder of a weird time in my life. A conveniently sized piece of failure.
 

What is your drink of choice?
R: Rum (Matusalem Clásico) and Coke
 
E: Coffee.

Name your favorite blog.
R: Gurafiku.tumblr.com
E: don’t laugh at me but I do love lifehacker!
 
Name a Mexican you admire.
R: Miguel Covarrubias
E: Inechi from gatosaurio.com
 
What would you like to see in Mexico City?
E: Less fear. In Mexico City we are not actually living all that famous narco violence which does happen outside the main cities. However, I do think we live with fear and, at certain point, some rage. So, I really would like to see us happier, free from all that negative emotion.



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@edhungria





Condesa

Bang Buro, design studio, produce what they want to consume. One day they will conceptualize a campaign for the jewelry designer, Gabriela Artigas, then develop branding for a PR company, design an album cover, then finally produce a party to launch any of the aforementioned. Their aesthetic teeters on the futuristic while venerating the past, putting their stamp on everything from graphic design, art direction, video direction, accessories, publishing, and art exhibitions. Think still life portraits, prismatic typography, and art that is beautiful and has a sense of humor. Their artwork has been exhibited at Eyelevel Gallery in Brooklyn. We wish more companies would take their lead.

Name: Jerónimo Reyes “Peto” y Rita Marimen
Age:
J- 28
R- 33

Place of Birth
Mexico

Parents Place of Birth
Mexico

Occupation/ Aspiration
J- Graphic Designer Bang Buro
R- Art Director Bang Buro

Describe a typical day:
Breakfast. Get to the studio. Computer work. Go out for lunch. More computer work. You Tube intermission. Look through our stock of old magazines and prints (collage material).

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
J-Condesa. It's two blocks away from the studio and the architecture is great, and that's   something I've always been intrested in.
R- Coyoacán. I have always lived around the area, the south part of the city. It used to be the “intellectuals & artist” neighborhood, I don’t think it is anymore, but has beautiful houses and streets.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
J- By being a conscious citizen.
R- Being happy. We need more happy people on the streets.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.
J-  Always finish what you start and never lose your ambitions along the way.
R- My dad always told me: School only teaches you 10% of what you should know.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
J- Centro de Diseño, Cine y T.V. Graphic Design
R- ENAP (the Art school of the National University) and studied Fine Arts for about 2 years. Then I changed to Universidad Iberoamericana to study Communication.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
J- Old graphics: magazines, posters, video clips, movies, etc.
R- Leonardo Da Vinci, It has always been the idea of the Renaissance Man. Being able to explore many areas of the creative world.

What is your drink of choice?
J- Sidral Mundet
R- Agua de Jamaica

Who is your favorite thinker?
J- Bruno Munari
R- Heraclitus

Who is your favorite designer or brand or product.
J- Superstudio
R- Lee Alexander McQueen

Name three songs you are listening to right now.
J - Little Blue House - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
W.F.L. (Vince Clark Remix) - Happy Mondays
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
R- See you All – Koudlam, No Reply – The Beatles, Pity – The Creatures

Name your favorite blog.
J-  50watts
R- But does it Float, Luxirare,  8106.tv

Name a Mexican you admire.
J-  Dr. Lakra
R- Diego Rivera

What is your favorite restaurant or place to eat?
J- Pialadero - Tortas Ahogadas
R- Taro, Contramar, Merotoro and most of the street spots with elotes (Corn on the Cob)



www.bangburo.com


@bangburo





Central Park


Alexa Rodulfo is a hair and make-up artist to stars and socialites across many industries. Her work has been featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and has worked with celebrities like Ivanka Trump and Margherita Missoni. She wanted to create a beautiful gift for her clients. In 2009, she went to Grasse, France the world’s capital of perfume where she was inspired to create her own candles and scent. The Alexa Rodulfo Candle Collection was born and featured soothing hints of violet, grapefruit, and nutmeg.  What started as a gift is now being sold in the most prestigious shops all over the world.

Place of Birth: Cd. Juarez

Parents Rafael  y Lupita Rodulfo
Occupation/Aspiration: Hair & Make-up artist founder of Alexa Rodulfo Candle Collection.

When did you move to NYC and why?
Eight years ago. I knew NY was the place I needed to be.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city?
Just moved to Hell’s Kitchen.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
Be grateful.

What’s your drink of choice?
Tequila.

What is your favorite song?
“Walking on a Dream” by MGMT (makes me want to dance).
 
Favorite label or product?
My candle collection.

How do you select the fragrances for your collection?
Every one of my candles tell a story trough scent: First I envision the moment, the time, the place, the feeling. From there we carefully start selecting raw materials to create the perfect composition and accord.

Name your favorite past time.
Walk and discover new places in New York.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
En serio?/ No mames.

What does your candle collection say about you?
When I light a candle, I want to be inspired, feel that I am in a beautiful, safe, relaxing and pleasant environment and my candles take you there.



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@ALEXARODULFO



Manuel Cruz Racial Profiling New York



Bronx, NY


Manuel Cruz dedicates himself to making tattoos everyday for 10 hours at a time. As a member of the Firme Rydaz’, a Bronx-based low rider bicycle crew, he keeps his Mexican traditions alive through work in tattoo and art. Firme Rydaz represent a new generation of the West Coast inspired subculture of cholos. Their movement venerates folkloric and revolutionary Mexican icons like La Virgen de Guadalupe, Pre-Hispanic figures, Mexican muralismo, and Chicano power. Every year they make a pilgrimage for the Virgen de Guadalupe from the Bronx to 14th Street in Manhattan by foot or by bike. It’s a tradition they hope to keep in New York for years to come.  Los Firme Rydaz represent an urban tribe whose goals are self-expression and self-empowerment. They stay tough.

Age: 32
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents: Manuel Cruz & Ofelia Herrera. Mi jefe es de Matamoros, Puebla y mi jefita de San Miguel Allende, Oaxaca.
Occupation: Airbrush & Tattoos
Aspiration: To represent the culture of Mexico and to do better for my family.

When did you move to NYC and why?
I arrived to NY in 1997 at the age of 17. Vine a NY porque aqui siempre a vivido mi hermano y por buscar una oportunidad en la vida!

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?
I live in the Bronx because this is where I first arrived.

Name a New York moment.
The first time I went to the city and there was a Mexican parade.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Trying to keep our Mexican culture alive. Yo mantengo y represento la cultura mexicana atravez de mi arte. Los tatuajes que hago trato que siempre lleven el toque mexicano. Algo que me represente y me identifique.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
My dad told me to be loyal and respectful to people.

What’s your drink of choice?
Tequila

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Hermoso carino,
La diferencia,
Serenata sin luna”

Who is your favorite designer?
Homies by David Gonzales

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
A bailer y a gozar que el mundo se va acabar.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
My dad because he is a hard worker and a dedicated person.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I am active and loyal to art.



http://www.alvarezmontero.com/our-lady-of-the-bronx/





Emmanuel Picault, Racial Profiling DF



Chic by Accident


Emmanuel is known around the world for his Chic by Accident store in Mexico City, unifying Mexican folk tradition with Danish modernism or Art Deco. The result is geometric, bright, and smart. He and his partner the architect Ludwig Godfrey have designed some of Mexico City’s most sparkling gems. Take the uber-hip M.N.Roy nightclub opened in 2011, conjuring a Mayan pyramid with volcanic stone but built into an unassuming storefront in La Roma. Then you have the super club Jules Basement in Polanco, a black and white tomb glittering with crystalline angles in hyper modernism.  Picault's collaborated with the product designer Philippe Starck on his first book Chic by Accident, with a prologue by Starck's and text by six young photographers. The result is book made into object d’art or what Picault calls "antiquities of the twentieth century."
It is a perfect description for his designs through time.

Age: 43
Place of Birth: Domfront, Normandie, France
Parents Place of Birth: Domfront, France & Cognac, France
Occupation/ Aspiration: Antique Dealer & Designer

Describe a typical day:
Wake up at 5 a.m. going to bed at 11.59 p.m. 50 minutes nap during the afternoon, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner out, visiting friends/clients, friends/clients, friends/clients.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
Working from Mexico to the world.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.  
You are stronger than you think.

Where did you go to school? What did you study? 
France in the street, in my bed, in Paris.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
Archeology
 
List a meaningful object or talisman you carry with you?
Two Interiors images, 1 of my house in France and 1 of my house in Mexico.

What is your drink of choice? Vikingo Chic Cocktail made with Tequila, Calvados & Champagne.
Who is your favorite designer or brand or product. Vernacular Design.

Name three songs you are listening to right now. “Sur un trapeze” by Alain Bashung, “L'hôtel particulier” by Serge Gainsbourg, “Dans le petit bois de Saint-Amand” by Barbara.

Name your favorite book. Vers Une Architecture by Le Corbusier.

Name your favorite blog.  Ma petite voix intérieure.

Name a Mexican you admire. The first half XX century, Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.



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Alejandro Alcocer, Racial Profiling, New York



South Street Seaport


Alejandro is a man of many talents. For more than a decade he owned and operated lively and adored Brown Café in the Lower East Side. The small space was as a meeting place for creatives and an industry leader in farm to table practice. Everything served at Brown was locally farmed within a two-hour radius. Now he turns his energies into his passion projects and thankfully for us he has many. As creative director of Daydream Projects, Alejandro is focused on design, education, nutrition, and farming projects. His discerning eye in design has him restoring Rolex watches, creating a leather goods line, and building Donald Judd-esque wooden furniture. He also dedicates much of his time to a non-profit food awareness program for public schools. So he continues to daydream and make those dreams a reality.

Age: 45
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents: Amelia Acevedo and Alejandro Alcocer
Occupation: Creative
Aspiration: Enlightment


When did you move to NYC and why?
I moved to NY in 1992 to be able to fly to Europe, South America, and Mexico easier and in less time than living on the West Coast of the U.S. I didn’t need a car and could bike anywhere.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?
South Street Seaport, history, convenience, light, and quiet.

Name a New York moment.
When I was first working at Café Tabac as a chef de cuisine and Madonna was answering phones and Keith Richards was picking food out of the kitchen.
 
How do you keep it Mex in the City? 
I have a huge network of other Mex fellows.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
Don’t back down.  

What’s your drink of choice?
Champagne.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
“Lola” by The Kinks, “Gigantic” by The Pixies, and “Boys Don’t Cry” by the Cure.

Who is your favorite designer, label, or product?
The Castiglioni tractor seat stool.

Name your favorite past time.
Sailing.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
My grandmother Amelia Acevedo Sr. lived an amazing life plus she put up with me and five other siblings.



http://www.daydreamerprojects.com/





Racial Profiling, Mexico City



At Her Store


Carla Fernandez is a Mexico City-based fashion designer who takes inspiration from traditional artisanship. She founded Taller Flora, a demi couture line with a distinct geometric style, co-designed by and using Mexican artisans. She also designs a prêt-à-porter line fabricated industrially also inspired by Mexico! Both of these lines get regular coverage in women’s fashion magazines like W and Harper’s Bazaar. Carla travels internationally and is a true academic in contextualizing craft, indigenous women’s collectives, and ecological-minded methods of production in fashion. Her designs are ingenious and blend the old with the new like rebozos with sleeves or sunglasses fashioned from molinillos. She has two beautiful high concept boutiques in Mexico City, a coffee table book collaboration with Graciela Iturbide, and continues to win global accolades for her work in fashion.


Age: 39
Place of Birth: Saltillo, Coahuila
Parents Place of Birth: Father Cuba, Mother Saltillo
Occupation: Fashion Designer and Art Historian

In which neighborhood do you live, and why? I moved to Colonia Roma about ten years ago. I cannot imagine living anywhere else in the city. I live in a beautiful house from 1904 that has a Tule (a tree from Oaxaca) right in front. I can walk up to amazing restaurants and mercaditos.

How do you help Mexico City be a better place to live in? I love Mexico City. I try to transform that into my clothes. I use fabrics that I find here, and I work with artisans from the city. I make it evident in my fashion what I think is amazing of the city.

Share the best piece of advice you’ve been given: “No te preocupes, mejor ocupate” which translates to “You shouldn’t worry, instead occupy yourself to solve the problem”.

Where did you go to school, and what did you study? I studied fashion design at Iberomexicana de Diseño. I had a great teacher that used to work at the Atelier Valenciana in Spain. She came to Mexico during the Civil War in Spain. I also have a degree in Art History.

Who is your favorite thinker? Slavoj Zizek. I completely agree that we have to change the way we are living.

Who is your favorite designer or brand of product? Alexander McQueen. Obviously. Ian Van Dahl. Balenciaga has always been, for me, the master of couture. And Gareth Pugh lately…

What do you think, has had influenced the rising popularity of Mexico as a country? We have a variety of ethnic groups, traditions, a diversity of ecosystems. It’s that mixture of differences that makes us so unique. And I’m convinced
we have amazing minds, amazing creativity, culture and history.

What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico
City and NYC? We are no longer seen only as Mexico, the country, but as innovation in what we design, write, in our food, our music, our art… all these things can be found in NYC.



http://carlafernandez.com/


@carlafdesign



Fabiola Zamora and Danaé Salazar, Racial Profiling DF, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Revista 192

In 2008, Danaé and Fabiola launched Revista 192, Mexico’s own large-format independent fashion magazine. Aimed to be provocative and fashion oriented, the two friends turned business partners find great satisfaction shooting, styling, and casting many of the models themselves. Fabiola is a fashion photographer while Danaé is a journalist. They have a vision and want to elevate Mexico. The magazine is published and printed in Mexico City but takes on collaborators from around the world, it reflects the budding culture of Mexican society where fashion and design continues to take on greater influence. sold in boutiques, hotels, and book stores in Mexico City and distributed in Paris and Berlin. Think of 192 as a piece of art.


Fabiola Zamora Vélez
Age: 33
Place of Birth: México City
Parents Place of Birth: México City
Occupation: Photographer & co-founder and editor-in-chief of 192 magazine.

Describe a typical day.
I never start my day without a huge cup of coffee. I walk to my office, which is 10 minutes from home. I have a Rodhesian Ridgeback named Gala that goes with me everywhere. I go back home for lunch. I usually go back to work at 5 if I don’t have any other appointment, meetings or photo shoots. Then go back home at night, read something, or watch True Blood before going to bed.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Roma, its so beautiful, with French style buildings, beautiful streets, trees, restaurants.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
I run a magazine that tries to show the best and the most talented part of our community.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
Universidad Intercontinental UIC. Communication Arts.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
All the art exhibitions, books, and photography my parents shared with me since I was little.

What is your drink of choice?
Water, coffee, and Champagne.

Who is your favorite thinker?
Epicurus.

Name your favorite song.
“Something About Us” by Daft Punk always brings out a good smile from me.

Name your favorite book.
La velocidad de las cosas by Rodrigo Fresan and Los periodistas by Vicente Leñero.

Name your favorite blog.
The Sartorialist,

Name a Mexican you admire.
The muralists Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco. There work is so strong, they really move me.

What do you think has helped influence the rising popularity of Mexico as a country?
Our culture and the uniqueness of our people.

What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico and New York?
I will always find NY as a source of inspiration for what I do in México.


Danaé Salazar
Age: 36
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents Place of Birth: Mexico City
Occupation/ Aspiration: Journalist

Describe a typical day:
I usually wake up at 6.30am, I go to my yoga class and then I take my dog Hamachi, a Rodhesian Rigeback to the park. I arrive to my office at 10AM. Some days we have photo shoots, some others we have full days of meetings. If we are lucky, we finish the day drinking a glass of Champagne.

Which neighborhood do you live in?
I live in Colonia Roma.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.
The first one was given by my very good friend Renatta: Don‘t take yourself so seriously; no one else does. The other one was given by my friend and neighbor, Gonzalo: Smoke weed everyday.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I studied a BA in Communication at Universidad Iberoamericana.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
When I bought the XX issue of Wallpaper magazine. Since that day I wanted to work in the editorial industry.

What is your drink of choice?
Coffee in the morning and Champagne anytime.

Who is your favorite thinker?
Luis Alberto de Cuenca.

Who is your favorite designer or brand.
Lanvin

Name your favorite book.
Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo.

Name your favorite blog.
The Sartorialist.

Name a Mexican you admire.
Elena Poniatowska.

Describe similarities between NY/DF
They are both chaotic —noise, cars, claxons, stress, rush—. There is always something to do.

Share a secret nook in DF and NY where you like to hide or escape to?
In NY, the Botanical Garden in Brooklyn. In Mexico City, San Juan market, where you can find a really good selection of cheese and have a glass of wine.



www.revista192.com


@fabiolazamora
@danae192
@revista192



Danny Mena, Racial Profiling, NY, Hecho en Dumbo, Mex and the City



Hecho En Dumbo


In 2007, Danny Mena and partners created a pop-up restaurant, Hecho en Dumbo, in the heart of Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. The concept was original and developed out of necessity, real Mexican fare owned and run by Mexicans. Its mix of Mexican standards, live music performances, and intimate space in a seemingly industrial neighborhood made it an instant hit. From that success, the team moved into a permanent space along the popular Bowery enclave in Lower Manhattan. As a veteren chef of Blue Hill and the Modern, Mena aspires to move away from the typical Mexican clichés in the dishes he creates at Hecho. Each dish is complex with a co-mingling of authentic ingredients. As a result, the food comes off as progressive for a New York palate. Mena wants the Hecho brand to connect New York with contemporary Mexican culture. Next door the restaurant has opened the cantina, Salon Hecho, that hosts Mexican bands and DJS. And in 2013, Mena and team hope to add a mezcaleria to the list of Mexican destinations in New York.


Age: 31

Place of Birth:  Mexico City

Parents: Barbara Sue Stockdell and Arcadio Victor Mena Alvear
Occupation/Aspiration: Chef

When did you move to NYC and why? Eight years ago to pursue a culinary degree.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?   
Lower East Side because I have been living there on and off. Before I knew the city, I thought it was a cool place to live.  Now I like it because I can walk to work.

Name a New York moment:  Riding my bicycle across the Manhattan Bridge to work in Brooklyn.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?  Salon Hecho. We opened the cantina right next door to Hecho en Dumbo. Last night we had a nice little domino tournament.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?  It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you do it to the best of your ability.  Take pride in what you do.

What's your drink of choice? Dos Pistolas: A cold beer and mezcal.

Name three songs on your mind right now: "Dover" by Bill Callahan, "Creator" by Santigold, and "Souvenir" by DaPuntoBeat.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression. 
No solo del pan vive el hombre.



http://www.hechoendumbo.com/


@HechoEnDumbo



Zemmoa



La Roma, Mexico City



Zemmoa is a pin-up beauty. As Mexico's diva, she radiates style and femininity as an icon in the gay community. She has elevated herself as a recording artist, jewelry designer, dancer, and socialite and her gender-bending persona promotes pride and passion. She has an international following and a strong online presence as a singing and dancing diva. She's opened for Peaches and Erasure in Mexico City. In 2012, she published her own calendar working with 15 Mexican artists of international notoriety like Miguel Calderón, Bang Buro, and Artemio to namedrop. She continues to be a living mannequin for many Mexico City designers. Zemmoa as in "c'est moi." She is our it girl, unstoppable.

Name: Zemmoa

Age: COULD YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION PLEASE?

Place of Birth: Cuernavaca "The City of Eternal Spring"

Parents Place of Birth: Veracruz and Cuernavaca

Occupation/ Aspiration: Artist-in-constant-learning.

Which projects are you working on now? And name something we should look out for in the next year. ZEMMPORIO, MEXIRO.
Describe a typical day: I'm always doing something creative and I'm always surrounded by a song of the moment.
Which neighborhood do you live in? Coyoacan.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live? With initiative
http://mexiro.org/, a youth organization that promotes social consciousness and sustainability as a lifestyle.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given: Patience.

Where did you go to school? Colegio Madrid.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career? 
MADONNA AMÉN.

Who is your favorite thinker? Dali.

Name your favorite book: Madonna Sex Book.

Who is your favorite designer or brand?
My friends EGR, Roberto Sanchez, Mancandy, Marvin & Quetzal, Alejandra Quesada, Jeremy Scott, Temores, Denise Marchebout.

Name a Mexican you admire.
Maria Felix… And everyone! Every human being has something unique that nobody else has. All are worthy of admiration and respect. I love artists who combine music & fashion.

What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico and New York? With the advent of technology, music and what surrounds it has catapulted to unprecedented levels. There is a global trend to see what is happening in other companies and this benefits the diversity in the arts. We are becoming municentricos. It is a global golden age.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive in NYC?
I call my Fairy Godmother Lady Fag.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive in DF? Tacos!



Zemmoaonline.com


@zemmoa



Alejandra Quesada, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



In Her Downtown Mexico City Studio


Let's talk rainbows, flowers, and strawberries in all-over prints, fabrics that inspire nostalgia and childhood innocence. The clothing of Alejandra Quesada evokes happiness and reverence for playtime. We first met Ale at DFashion Week in 2010, when she was our humble host, taking us to all of her DF haunts from Taco Inn on Calle de Tacuba and dancing in La Condesa to a tour of her whimsical design studio in el centro. Her magic is in meticulous patterns and embroidered nuances on modern cuts. She studied fashion design at Casa de Francia in Mexico, ESMOD in Paris, and Central Saint Martins in London as well as stints at Alexander McQueen and Isabel Marant. To own a piece from her collection is to say you believe in wizards, unicorns, and hipsters in DF. In the coming year, we look forward to the opportunity to finally buy her wares stateside.



Age:
30
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents: Vicente Quesada and Malena Reynoso
Occupation/Aspiration:
Fashion Designer

What's your drink of choice?

Mezcal.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Pedro Friedeberg. He is my favorite Mexican artist.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
My purple eye (somehow I always get a purple eye).

Which projects are you working on now?
My Spring/Summer collection for 2013.

Share a secret nook in DF and NY where you like to hide or escape to?
2nd seccion de Chapultepec and in NY the wharf on the East River.

Are you in any stores here in NYC?
Soon we will be in Free People, Treasure & Bond, you will also be able to buy online our shoes on Modcloth and clothing on Koshka.



http://www.alejandraquesada.com


@ale_quesada



Esteban Suarez, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Hotel Filadelfia, Mexico City


Esteban is one of those creative individuals who captivates our propensity for deep thought and deep revelry. As an architect, he and his firm BNKR Arquitectura develop large civic projects throughout Mexico, like an Olympic velodrome in Culiacan, Sinaloa, and 200-unit student housing complex in Cholula, Puebla. To date our two favorite BNKR projects are the Sunset Chapel in Acapulco and the Galleries of the Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros in Mexico City. In the band, Chikita Violenta, Esteban plays guitar. We like that in the same month, we can dance to Chikita music til the AM at the Mercury Lounge in the L.E.S and take thoughtful DF walking tours with our architect friend.

Age: 32
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents Place of Birth: Mexico City
Occupation/ Aspiration: Architect and Musician

Describe a typical day:
Get up at 6am, exercise for one hour, bath, breakfast, ride my bike to my office, meetings with clients, project revisions, lunch, back to afternoon meetings, late afternoon rehearsals with my band, ride my bike home, a Jack Daniels on the rocks, spend some time with my wife and daughter, dinner watching a TV series, sleep…



Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
I live in Condesa. It is one of the only neighborhoods you can appreciate as a pedestrian and bike rider. It has two of the nicest parks and is filled with restaurants, libraries, bars, galleries and cafes. Whatever you want, it is in walking distance (something not very common in one of the biggest cities in the world).

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
First, by not using a car. It´s been now four years since I´ve taken my bike everywhere in an attempt to prove that you really don´t need a car in such a big city. I easily travel 15 km to a meeting, a distance most people think too far to use a bicycle. Second, I have a special branch in my office dedicated to research. One of the projects we are currently developing is the exploitation of underused space in Mexico City in order to transform it into living spaces. Mexico City is in desperate demand for new habitable spaces and the obvious solution is to continue to expand the urban sprawl. This project tries to revert this as it focuses on identifying residual spaces in the city to transform them into potential living spaces.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.
Don´t be afraid to go out on a limb. It´s where all the fruit is.” -Shirley MacLaine.



Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I studied Architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.



What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
The first architect that lit a flame inside of me was Luis Barragan. Through his vision I learned what space, geometry, light, and color really meant in architecture. I also acquired from him his love for nature and gardens. The word serenity took a profound meaning in me after visiting his buildings. 



Who is your favorite thinker? Paul Valery.
Name a Mexican you admire. Mario Pani.

Share a secret nook in DF and NY where you like to hide or escape to?
In DF, El Espacio Ecultórico in the UNAM. A volcanic rock garden contained by an architectural element. It was not conceived by a single mind, but rather by a group of artists/architects including Mathias Goeritz and Luis Barragan. In NY, The High Line, one of the best examples of the transformation of residual spaces in the city into public space/linear park by Diller+Scofidio+Renfro.



www.bunkerarquitectura.com
www.chikitaviolenta.com


@bunkerarq @chikitaviolenta



Ricardo Pandal, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Pasagüero, Mexico City


Ricardo Pandal is the king of underground nightclubs and supper clubs in Mexico City. His establishments stick out for their quality in food and drink and authentic atmosphere. Pasagüero in downtown Mexico City brought droves of artists and musicians in an area that was once considered seedy and unsafe when it first opened and his La Patrona cantina brings old world charm to happening Condesa. Always looking for the next iconic opportunity, he’s looking to reopen Ixchel, one of Mexico City´s most popular clubs from the nineties. M&TC works closely with Pandal to create quality cultural opportunities between Mexico City and New York City.

Age: 39
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents Place of Birth: Mexico
Occupation/ Aspiration:  Cultural and entertainment promoter/producer aiming for relevance.


Describe a typical day:
Take Maximo to school, early morning Frisbee throwing in Parque Mexico, working from home the rest of the morning, checking sales, FB, Twitter, and catching up with some reading if possible.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Condesa, still one of the most comfortable neighborhoods in the city with its two parks, regular and organic supermarkets, all kinds of restaurants and bars alongside more traditional old shops and services that seem stuck in time and where you can have anything from your old shoes to watches and clothes fixed. Parking is close to impossible but with a bike you’re more than covered.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live? Pasagüero is constantly bringing over music, fashion, art and food trends from around the world to Mexico City’s historic center.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.
Portate mal para que te vaya bien (Misbehave so you can do well)



Where did you go to school? What did you study? ITAM in Mexico City, Business Administration although I didn’t graduate.



What is your drink of choice?
Traditional Mezcal.



Who is your favorite thinker?
Nietzche.



Name your favorite song.

Changes every few months, for now Billie Holiday's Fine and Mellow and Reckoner, Gnarls Barkley´s Radiohead cover



What is your favorite restaurant or place to eat?
I love eating at markets, from the Tlacolula, Oaxaca traditional market to La Lagunilla on Sundays or the Tokyo Fish Market.



http://www.pasaguero.com.mx


@rpandal
@pasaguero



Bernardo Loyola, Racial Profiling, Mex And The City



His former Brooklyn studio


Bernardo is one cool guy who gets the opportunity to write and produce pieces for Vice that are equal parts intelligent, bizarre, and entertaining. Having long lived and worked in NYC, he has just moved back to DF to manage Vice Latin America. This last year he worked on a documentary about the British-Kenyan photographer James Mollison shot while he was making some portraits at the Dadaab refugee camp in the border between Kenya and Somalia. He also shot two Brazilian pieces: one is about deforestation in the Amazon and the murder of two activists (Ze Claudio Ribeiro and Maria do Spirito Santo) and the other one is about Tecnobrega (the sound systems of the Amazon).  In 2004, he won numerous awards for the short film “The Perfect Day” and worked with Michael Moore on Farheinheit 9/11 as well as on Slacker Uprising in 2007. He continues to cover heavy metal bands across the world and the politically sublime. This year he’s focused on making films in and about Mexico.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zuGhkq6Xak

Age: 33
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents Place of Birth: My father was born in Queretaro and my mother in Cotija, Michoacan
Occupation/ Aspiration: Documentary Filmmaker (currently working at Vice)

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
I don’t know if I necessarily help make Mexico City a better place to live. I try to make documentaries or write articles about Mexico (not only Mexico City) whenever I can to show people around the world things that are happening there, or to tell the stories about people that I find interesting.  They are not always necessarily positive, but I hope that at least they are compelling and meaningful in some way. For example, a couple of years ago I made a documentary about the Mexican crime tabloid Alarma! and the crime photographers that work during the night shift in Mexico City. Some people might think that a film like that hurts the reputation of the city and makes it look more dangerous than it is. I think the stories of these people are fascinating and I think it’s worth making a film about them.  Some people from Mexico got all angry and embarrassed when we made the documentary about the Pointy Boots from Matehuala. I think it’s amazing that things like that exist in Mexico!

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I studied Media and Communications at the Tec de Monterrey in Queretaro and then I studied a Masters in Film at City College in New York on a Fulbright Scholarship.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
I love the work of Spike Jonze, Michele Gondry, Erroll Morris, Werner Herzog, Michael Winterbottom and many other filmmakers.

List a meaningful object or talisman you carry with you? If you don’t have one what would it be?
I’m not very superstitious, but recently I bought two statues of the Santos Malandros in Venezuela and I like them a lot. They are similar to the Santa Muerte or Malverde, but these guys have baggy pants, sun glasses, Nike hats and guns. The ones I have are Tomasito and Malandro Ismael. 



What is your drink of choice?
Beer

.

Name three songs you are listening to right now. 
Sonidero Compay by Toy Selectah, Ritmo de Amor by Los Macuanos and David Comes to Life, the new Fucked Up album.

Name your favorite book.  I really liked Los Detectives Salvajes by Bolaño. I’ve been reading Los Periodistas by Vicente Leñero recently and I’m really into it too. 


Name a Mexican you admire.
Sub Marcos.



What is the first thing you do when you arrive in DF.
Go for tacos al Pastor at El Tizoncito in Condesa or somewhere else to eat Aguachiles.

Describe difference/similarities from life in NY/DF i.e. Americanisms, Mexican-isms. 
To me, one of the main differences has to do with transportation. In NY people walk or take the subway or bike. In Mexico City either you stay in one neighborhood or you drive and get stuck in traffic for hours.



www.vice.com


@bernardo_loyola



Camilo Lara, Racial Profiling, Mexico City



His home in La Roma, Mexico City.


We first met Camilo aka the mastermind behind the Instituto Mexicano del Sonido in 2006, we saw him open up for Nouvelle Vague from the VIP section and he later took us plowing through DF like a boss in and out of music venues and club openings. We had been long-time admirers of his I.M.S. “Mejico Majico” album but seeing his infectious energy onstage and witnessing his passion for Latin music ethnography was like entering a whole other realm. The reality is that Camilo lives music. He is president of EMI Mexico and continues to build the I.M.S legacy, recording new albums to large commercial success and spreading his Mexican magic for all the world to hear, feel, and dance to.

 
Age: 36

Place of Birth: Coyoacan, Mexico

Parents Place of Birth: Chihuahua

Occupation/ Aspiration: Musician/ Producer


Describe a typical day: Emails, do music, travel.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why? In la Roma. I love my small street. It’s full of interesting people.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given. If you are blocked, erase the first three channels of the mix.

Where did you go to school? What did you study? At Instituto Escuela in Mexico City, a school of radical left wing/anarchists immigrants from Spain.

List a meaningful object or talisman you carry with you? If you don’t have one, what would it be? A Space Echo, a Buddah machine, a moog, Roberto Bolaño’s “2666”, and Money Mark’s action figure.

What is your drink of choice? It’s called Camilo de Noche. (Tequila and Diet Coke)

Who is your favorite thinker? I guess E.E. Cummings.

Name your favorite song. “Waiting for My Man” by the Velvet Underground.

Name your favorite book. Rayuela by Borges.

Name your favorite blog. 8106.tv

Name a Mexican you admire. Gabriel Kuri, plastic artist.

What is your favorite restaurant or place to eat? Las Flautas on Alvaro Obregon.

Describe difference/similarities from life in NY/DF. Both are big cities and have the same pathologies. 

What would you like to see in Mexico City? I would love to see a stronger support for art.

My favorite city? Madrid.



www.myspace.com/mexicaninstituteofsound


@camilolara



Marcelo Baez, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



NY Fire Escape


Round these New York streets, Marcelo is a man to be reckoned with. He is a veritable persona in all things Mex as a DJ, singer, and producer, hosting the wildly successful Nacotheque dance party with DJ Amylulita. The parties pride themselves on being the official after-parties for important movie releases, concerts, and conferences like LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference). The duo spins Spanish-language favorites in new wave, cumbia, and electro-pop into the wee hours of the night. When he is not spinning music, Marcelo is producing his own sounds and working as a producer at Guanabee. His charm and finger on the pulse makes him a witty writer and cultural ambassador for Mexican creative’s in downtown New York and Mexico City.


Age: 28

Place of Birth: Tepatitlan, Jalisco

Occupation: DJ, Producer
Aspiration: To experience all of life's moments—good and bad— and, hopefully, come out on top.

When did you move to NYC and why? I moved here five years ago because I was bored with California. I was intrigued by the mythical "melting pot" so I came on vacation, liked it, and then moved. 

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why? I live in the Lower East Side and I've always lived here. I like it because it's close to everything and I like to walk around. I don't like to depend on public transportation and I don't own a bike. The neighborhood just works for me.

Name a New York moment. Watching a Hasidic Jew dancing to cumbias at Nacotheque.

How do you keep it Mex in the City? It's hard not to! There's Mexicans practically everywhere. I'm not sure how white people—or anybody, really—keep it anything but Mexican or Caribbean in NYC.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you? Never date an actress.

What’s your drink of choice? Mighty Leaf's "Orange Dulce" black tea.

Name three songs on your mind right now: "Maestro Distorsion" by Astro, "Bad As Me" by Tom Waits, and "Miniskirt" by Kronos Quartet.

Who is your favorite designer? Favorite label or product? 
I love Sabritas' "Rancheritos" chips.

Name your favorite past time. People-watching in the park.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression. "Cagar el palo". It's so absurd!

Which Mexican do you most admire and why? Juan Gabriel. He's immensely talented and entertaining.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you. I spent part of my childhood attending cockfights.



http://soundcloud.com/nacotheque/mini-cumbia-mix-by-marcelo-c





Gabriela Alva Cal y Mayor



Eye Level Gallery




Gabriela is an artist known for her print, sculpture, and public space installations. She also co-runs Eyelevel gallery in Brooklyn. She says that reading informs a huge part of her creative process, “While living in two countries, most of the time I find myself thinking about the ways things are said, and how it would be said differently in Spanish or in English.” She draws a balance between artist and curator by creating deadlines for herself so that she is constantly creating art and when a show is organized, “Most of the artists that we have worked with understand that I have to work on my own thing, and… we consider it more like an exhibition space, a collaborative process.” In the future, she would like to see her own work shown at the Dia Beacon and in London and Paris. For Eyelevel, she would like to create an itinerary billboard in collaboration with an airline sponsor, a candy printmaking project, and to also develop an artist residency program. We admire her constant motion and dedication.


Name: Gabriela Alva Cal y Mayor
Age:-less
Place of Birth: Mexico, D.F.
Parents: Mexico, D.F.
Occupation/Aspiration: Observer

When did you move to NYC and why?
In 2005, I wanted to go to school here ever since high school.

Where do you live in the city and why?
In North Brooklyn.

Name a New York moment:
Strangers talking to strangers.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
By having my friends from Mexico in the city, although when they leave it sucks, (miss you D).

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
One that comes from Bambi; “Si al hablar no has de agradar, es mejor callar.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_o22H0Uvfw Dunno it is hard to have everybody like what you say or do, but basically, respect is everything.

What's your drink of choice?
Coffee, Campari, and beer (separate of course).

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Broken Bells: “The High Road”, Sia: “You've Changed”, and Albert Hammond, Jr.: "GfC”

What is your favorite song?
Hard to choose, most of The Beatles and early David Bowie songs are my favorite.

Who would you like to work with in the future?
In no particular order: Baldessari, Adam Green, Black clay artisans and printmakers in Oaxaca, Tim Hawkinson, Doris Salcedo, and my friend Dave Yourdon, I want to make an interactive book with him.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
“A verdad.” It is stuck in my hard drive, can't get rid of it. I like saying “guacala” too.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I break dance when I drink mezcal.



www.eyelevelgallery.com
www.leairbag.com


@leairbag



Ximena Romero, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Hotel condesa df, Mexico City


Ximena is one of those magnetic personalities that you meet and never want to let go. She is extremely bright and warm and brings a cheery confidence to the work that she does for Grupo Habita. Whether working in fashion production or event promotion, she knows how to get the job done in Mexico City. She literally knows the person to call, the DJ to hire, or the venue with the view. She's capable and creative! You can usually catch her shoot images with her camera.


Age: 28
Place of Birth: Mexico, DF
Parents Place of Birth: Mexico, DF
Occupation/ Aspiration: PR at Grupo Habita

Describe a typical day:
Run or bike on Amsterdam Street, go back home, take a shower, go to work at the hotel Condesadf and organize new venues, events, parties, photo shoots etc.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Colonia Condesa. It's where I started, but I can see myself in La Roma or San Miguel Chapultepec.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I studied photography at AAVI (Academia de Artes Visuales de Ricardo Trabulsi) & at San Martins, London.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
I entered the music world with pictures of concerts or my own friends in the industry. From there I became a personal manager of musicians and actors which opened doors to the fashion industry as a coordinator for DFashion and then as time passed I turned to PR.

What is your drink of choice?
Carajillos!

Who is your favorite designer or brand or product.
Mexican Graphic Design: brutalinc.mx y  http://blog.romstudio.com.mx Interior design: http://dfcasa.com/

Name your favorite book.
It could be Kafka on the Shore by Murakami.

Name your favorite blog.
pfas.mx y ffffound.com

What are your favorite places to eat?
Lemat, Rosetta, Benkay

Where do you like to hide or escape to in DF/NYC?
DF: bosque de chaputepec, mercado de tepito, mercado de flores en Xochimilco, José Vasconcelos library NY: DIABeacon, Central Park, Coney Island in September.

What would you like to see in Mexico City?
More respect, more congruence and less elitism.

Now that Mexico has been put on the map as a cool destination, what is your cool destination?
There are always things and places to discover besides DF I love the state of Chiapas.



http://peti-rojo.tumblr.com/


@MENILLA



Dulce Pinzon, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Casa de Té Caravanseraï, La Roma, Mexico City


We met la comadre Dulce the first year we moved to New York in 2006 when she had her The Real Story of the Superheroes photo exhibit at Queens Museum. We were charmed by the fun and function in her work, dedicated to elevating the labor and industriousness of Mexicanos in New York. The project is now published in book form.  Her latest series of portraits titled “Historias del Paraíso”consist of 20 images taken in the now-closed-to-the-public Museo de Historia Natural in Puebla. The images are theatrical and playfully forboding. But for all of her photography accomplishments and awards, Dulce also knows how to throw intensely addictive parties, she won New York over with her long-standing Fresa Salvaje. She is a creative force in curating whether it's art or dance parties from Mexico City to New York City.

Age: 36
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents Place of Birth: Mexico City
Occupation/Aspiration: Visual artist

When did you move to NYC and why?
In 1995, (I studied at The International Center of Photography), I wanted to become a photographer and live independently from my parents.

When did you return to DF and why?
In April 2009, because I fell in love and wanted to have my first child in Mexico, close to my family.

Which neighborhood do you live in DF and why?
Colonia Roma, because I like the feeling of a neighborhood and have everything close by.

Name a DF moment:
To be able to visit the Mercado Medellin for fresh fruit, flowers, and so much amazing food.

What’s your drink of choice?
Mocha Frapuccinos, I am crazy for those but Italian coffee has the best ones.

Who is your favorite designer or product?
I am loving Sangre de mi sangre jewelry

Do you have a muse, if so who?
Right now my little Mariano, I want to take pictures of him every second.

What was the last art exhibit/ concert or movie that blew you away?
The movie El secreto de sus ojos (Argentina).

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
No mames!

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
I admire all Mexican-immigrants working hard and still caring to send money back home. That is very admirable!

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I love to throw parties and get very very drunk! Oh my.... I miss that so much!



www.dulcepinzon.com




Willy Chavarria, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Palmer Trading Company


Willy collects beautiful antiques like furniture and design objects full of texture, grain, and heritage. He and his partner David Ramirez began collecting antiques for their Palmer, Massachusetts house and it soon became apparent that their eye for the heirloom was profitable and sought after. The two now own and operate Palmer Trading Company in SoHo, a menswear outpost stocked with American-made collections of apparel, shoes, and accessories from artisan brands. Willy also works as a design director for American Eagle Outfitters and designed prints and patterns at Ralph Lauren back in the day. He is the kind of creative we venerate around these parts, using his commercial and corporate knowledge to create his own special brand in the world. This year, PTC will launch a new line of denim as well as art collaborations with some choice artists of our time. Willy reminds us that attention to detail is paramount.


Age: 44
Place of Birth: Fresno, California
Parents Place of Birth: Father - Huron, California / Mother - Coalinga, California, Racially segregated, neighboring towns; Father: Mexican/ Mother: Irish
Occupation: Menswear Design

Aspiration: To expand my business beyond menswear while continuing to partner with other artists who want to share the work.

When did you move to NYC and why?: 1999. Design job for Ralph Lauren. 

Which neighborhood do you live in NYC and why?: SoHo. It's where my shop is. Thought I'd hate it but it suits my age and demeanor these days. 

Name a New York moment: That guy who stars in "Drive" was buying some stuff at PTC and I thought ...hmmm, this guy looks handsome. So I asked if he would model for our web store in exchange for some clothes or something. He just laughed. I later found out he was a big deal.

How do you keep it Mex in the City? Making bad-ass chilaquiles, playing rancheras on Sundays and loving with the Mexican values I was raised with. 

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear gave to you?

"Give thanks for what you have today and fight for what you want to have tomorrow." 

What's your drink of choice? Water. Hands down.

What is your favorite song? "I Want to Thank You" by Alicia Myers

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression: Panza llena, corazón contento.
 
What Mexican do you most admire and why? Cantinflas: Completely original, true to his expression, hilarious with great style.



http://palmertrading.com





Mitzi Hernandez and Angelita Mendoza, Racial Profiling DF, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



We met these two ladies when they were collaborating on VidiVici TV together. The two journalists/producers develop video content for large and small media agencies in New York and nationally. As a team they are sparkling and sharp as individuals they are super hard working and ambitious creatives. They produce Spanish and English language content for media outlets like Univision as well as commercial clients like Pepsi. They’ve even filmed us (with hard hitting questions) on landmark M&TC events. Today, Angelita is a producer for Remezcla and Mitzi is freelance covering el voto Latino in the US, Mexican presidential elections, and other timely events. We are excited to see these two talented women in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes developing hard-hitting news and colorful cultural initiatives. We delight in seeing more of them on TV and online!


Mitzi Natalia Hernández Cruz
Age: 30
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents: Wilfrido Hernández de la Torre from Zacatecas and Lidia Cruz Pascual from Oaxaca.
Occupation: Producer, Journalist, and Video Editor.
 
When did you move to NYC and why?
Trabajaba en Tv Azteca cuando hubo fraude en las elecciones, renuncié por indignación y mi pareja en ese entonces consiguió trabajo en Columbia University. Fue fácil decir que sí a la mudanza.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Park Slope. I found the perfect place with nice roomies. This was cheaper than Bedstuy where I lived before and I have more options than the G train. And there are good tacos at Sunset Park.

Name a New York moment.
Aquí fue la primera vez que ví nevar. Casi lloro pero a cambio, levante la cara y abri la boca para comer un poco de nieve.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Le pongo salsa Valentina a todo y siempre cargo un artículo o accesorio mexicano.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
The lazy work twice. El huevon trabaja doble.

What’s your drink of choice?
I love beer!
 
Name your favorite past time.
Me gusta hacer ejercicio y después descanzar leyendo o ver television sin moverme.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
Usted no se me achicopale!

Which Mexican do you most admire and why?
José Vasconcelos. Siempre me ha parecido una pieza clave de la cultura Mexicana y de la educación. Con su alta inteligencia y sarcasmo pudo responder a sus oponentes politicos y adversarios con humor al que nadie podía contestar. Muy progresista y con política social dió mucho para que la educación en México se desarrollara con ideales de que el conocimiento compartido debía ayudar a un bien común. ´Por mi Raza Hablará el Espíritu´deja ver que quien tiene la capacidad y tuvo la oportunidad, debe utilizar sus talentos para desarrollar a la sociedad.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
(Soy muy mala para hablar de mí…) Crecí en Neza, una ciudad sin pavimentos ni telecomunicaciones en esos años… el salto de mi infancia en la que no me percataba que existían centros comerciales a estar viviendo en Nueva York. Acredito esa curiosidad a viajar a unos padres amorosos que compartieron conmigo libros bellos que me enseñaron que el mundo es muy grande y muy pequeño. Luego de viajar al sur de América y por Europa, descubrí que Nueva York, es mi nueva ciudad.


Angelita Mendoza
Age: 31
Place of Birth: Pomona, CA
Parents:  Mexicali, Baja California
Occupation/Aspiration: Producer/Editor/CEO VidiVici TV

When did you move to NYC and why?
In 2005, I wanted to work in TV/Film but disliked LA.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?
Williamsburg, it's the perfect mix of artist community and barrio Latino.

Name a New York moment.
I always love making eye contact and laughing with strangers on the subway whenever something random and weird happens.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
By promoting international music, art, and film with a strong focus on the local Mexican Indie community.

What’s your drink of choice?
Beer and Sangria Senorial.

Name three songs on your mind right now.
"Night Call" by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx (of CSS), "There is a Light that Never Goes Out" by The Smiths, and "La Celula Que Explota" by Caifanes.

What is your favorite song? "
Amor Eterno" by Juan Gabriel but sung by Rocio Durcal.

Name your favorite past time.
Watching movies

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
Merequetengue

Which Mexican do you most admire and why?
Alfonso Cuarón. He's an amazing filmmaker and after being told he'd "never work in this town again" in Hollywood he went home and revolutionized Mexican cinema. Runner up would be Robert Rodriguez because he's ridiculously hardworking and talented. He's not satisfied with simply directing a film, he writes it, scores it, edits it, shoots it, and even designs toys you see in his films.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I studied computer science for three years before realizing what I knew day one. It's boring!






mitzihernandez.com
vidivici.tv


@mitziher
@vidivicitv



Sarvia Jasso and Kathryn Garcia, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Pace Gallery



This dynamic duo is known in art world scenes across the globe. Staying true to their agenda, these two push the envelope in their art show content and titles, from their video and performance collectives, "Brooklyn is Burning" to "Can't Rape the Willing" and "Queering Sex", each project explores gender, sexuality, and identity politics. Collaborating in life and work, Sarvia and Kathryn bring an intense knowledge and passion to every creative initiative. Building on the strength of artist and curator, they continue to develop dramatic and colorful displays. Vice named them a power couple and we are in constant awe of them.

Kathryn's art has been shown at MoMA's PS1, Pace Gallery. She says "I make art to talk about my ideas and political concerns: sex, gender, queerness, desire, trans-, becoming other, becoming flower, becoming man-woman, woman as man, man as woman, or that without distinctions." They continue to build out their intellectual provocations and Kathryn's work will be exhibited this spring in Mexico City.


Age: 31
Place of Birth: Michoacan, Mexico

Parents: Same
Occupation/Aspiration: Curator

When did you move to NYC and why?

In 2005 to attend graduate school at Columbia University. 

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why? 

Lower East Side. It happened by chance.


Name a New York moment.
Meeting my favorite artists at special events. Alejandro Jodorowsky is a highlight. 


How do you keep it Mex in the City?  
Speaking Spanish whenever possible.
 


Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you? 
Be creative and keep at it. This will make the world a better place. 


What's your drink of choice?
Dirty martinis at The Carlyle.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
"
Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las
"
Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush

"Drive My Car" by Gina X


Favorite label or product?

Anything from C.O. Bigelow is a treat.


Name your favorite past time. 

Escaping to the beach.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression. 

"Al mal tiempo, buena cara." Maintain a positive outlook even during difficult times.

Which Mexican do you most admire and why? 

My mom for being so determined and strong.


Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.

I studied at the National Autonomous University (UNAM) in Mexico City during undergrad and that experience cemented my love for art and literature.



Age: 30

Place of Birth: East Los Angeles, CA
Parents: Olivia Vasquez born in East Los Angeles and Adolph Garcia born in Coahuila, Torreon.
Occupation/Aspiration: Artist

When did you move to NYC and why?
In 2008 for love and life.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?

Lower East Side. It just kinda happened.

Name a New York moment.
Wandering the rooms of the Metropolitan Museum.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?  

By making homemade salsa.

What's your drink of choice?
Tequila neat.

What is your favorite song?
Right now, "Lions" by Tones on Tails.

Favorite label or product?
Roger and Gallet green tea body wash. 
 
Name your favorite past time.
Visiting the Pergamon Museum in Berlin or Mykonos Island. The summer of Love 2007!

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
My mom would always say "Ay tu la mariposa" when she would see someone walk by who thought they were "all it".

Which Mexican do you most admire and why?
My mother and my grandmother. My grandmother Angela Vasquez crossed the border legally in the 20's and picked cotton to pay for her 13 brother and sisters to come over. The rumor is that as a young girl she danced with Pancho Villa when he came to her village in Chihuahua.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I once lived in a building in Chinatown LA that had been a brothel at the turn of the century. It still had the vibe.







Alma Geddy-Romero, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Her Chelsea Apartment


We first met Alma on Twitter and everyday we thank the social media gods for her. She joined our team as our special events coordinator, developing collaborations in music and art. She is a self-starter that brings an elegant command to every project, taking a fun and funny idea and spinning it into a successful campaign. In her full-time job at Decon, the music-based production company and independent label, she’s the boss in marketing and branding, working with big brands like NBCUniversal, HBO, and Nike on multi-platform projects. She helped establish the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, showcasing the genre’s progression through time, building community and emphasizing social change. This year is on the up and up. For Decon, she’s helping to support the re-launch of Mass Appeal magazine and expanding the artist roster. She’s excited about her husband’s first documentary and her dog, Cherry-bomb’s new exercise program. She’s a lady that has it all!

Age: 31
Place of Birth: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Parents: My parents were born and raised in Colorado, and my family tree extends several generations there. My mother’s family comes from German descent (our last name was originally spelled Goide), while my father’s lineage traces back to Yaqui ancestry in Sonora. My namesake, my great-grandmother Rosenda was a curandera (or bruja, depending) in Walsenburg, CO.
Occupation/Aspiration: I wrangle ideas and shape brand campaigns as VP of Marketing and Branding for Decon. I continuously aspire to be a conduit for creativity.

When did you move to NYC and why? I moved here in February of 2001, a few days after my 20th birthday. I wanted to pursue a career in music. I dropped out of college shortly after 9/11 and started working in various areas, everything from promoting children’s music to booking heavy metal. I think I’ve found my niche with brand work. My recent eleven-year NYC anniversary was a big deal for me. 

Which neighborhood do you live in the city? My husband and I moved to Chelsea after nine years in South Brooklyn. I love the neighborhood coupled with the convenience of Manhattan living. Easy walks to the water and trips to Rocking Horse Cafe keep me grounded.

Name a New York moment: I was walking down the street when a man passed me on the sidewalk. He turned and looked at me and said, “You’re right where you need to be.” He may have only been telling himself, but I took it as a good omen.

How do you keep it Mex in the City? By maintaining my hunt for a true green chile. Let’s say the hunt continues.

What’s your drink of choice? Gin and tonic, heavy on the lime.

Which Mexican do you most admire and why? My father, for his wit, his perseverance, and for his lesson.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you: I was drum major in high school. Even then I was directing the band.



http://conalma.tumblr.com/

www.decon.co


@thealmag



Victoria Alexander, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



SoHo


Victoria is in constant motion, whether mingling for work or fashionably out on the Downtown scene. As a PR director for luxury clients like Montblanc, Belvedere, and Sothebys, this dynamo knows what she is talking about. Her ambition and grace are apparent in every step she takes. She is a founding contributor to Summit Series, a conference for young entreprenuers and thoughtleaders where she brought in inspirational titans like Bill Clinton, Ted Turner, and Sean Parker as speakers. She is currently organizing Free Expo 2012, a public exhibition on the Highline that will be chalk full of culture, free talks, and interactive forums. Take her stead and find creative and forceful means to organize and bring people together.

Age: 26 

Place of Birth: Mexico, DF 

Parents: Chef Leticia Alexander y Mark Alexander. Dad is from Texas and my mom is from Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Occupation/Aspiration: Communications Specialist, Writer, and Publicist.

When did you move to NYC and why?
I had always romanticized New York and knew it would be the ideal place to live in my 20's. I came to study University and have stayed after to gain experience in my career. 


Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why? I live in Greenwich Village, right next to Washington Square Park. It has taken me 13 apartments and 10 years but I finally found the best and most wonderful spot to live on 9th St.

Name a New York moment. Watching something surreal and not having it jade you. #newyorkermoves



How do you keep it Mex in the City? Keeping my group of close Mexican friends and continuing my life in Mexico even though I am not there.

What’s your drink of choice? Whisky or tequila Casa Dragones.

Name your favorite past time: Anything outdoors, put me in the woods or at sea and I am happy.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression: "Chingale!"  



Which Mexican do you most admire and why? 
Mi mama. She has a made a career of something she loves and helps her country at the same time. As a specialist in Mexican gastronomy she understands more about Mexican heritage than is comprehensible. I am honored to learn from her knowledge.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you: I am working my way to becoming James Bond. I am a certified advanced open water diver, just got my handgun license, and am taking classes in System (Russian martial arts)!



summitseries.com





Daniel Hernandez, Racial Profiling, Mex And The City



Monumento a la Revolución, Mexico City


We’ve long admired Daniel’s blog, Intersections, for it’s cultural intelligence and it’s Mexican adventure. As a Mexico City-based journalist for the Los Angeles Times Latin American, news blog, La Plaza, Daniel reports the colorful and controversial in politics and human-interest stories to an American audience. His memoir, Down And Delirious in Mexico City is a memoir investigating the idiosyncrasies of underground cultures from emos and goths to New Age revelers. He’s passionate and driven, working in creative collaborations with other writers, artists, and galleries between Mexico and California. His writing is a cultural thermometer for all that is percolating in the great metropolis. This year he is working on his second book. Follow his fervor.

Age: 30
Place of Birth: San Diego, California
Parents Place of Birth: Tijuana and Ensenada, Baja California
Occupation/ Aspiration: Journalist

Describe a typical day:
I wake up, have breakfast at home or on the street, head over to the office in Polanco or write from home; lunch at a mercado or tacos de guisado; more work; nap; then drinks or dinner with friends at night; then write late night.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
I live in the Centro in D.F. because it’s just crazy, sensory overload. The frenetic pace inspires and challenges me.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I went to University of California, Berkeley and I majored in English.

What is your drink of choice?
My favorite mezcal es un espadin con chocolate.

Who is your favorite thinker?
Chingo Bling.

Name your favorite book.
I can’t do that, but I did just finish a great book called How to Make Love to a Negro by Dany LaFerriere, a Haitian journalist in 1980s Montreal.

Name a Mexican you admire.
La India Maria because she’s super resourceful.

What do you think has helped influence the rising popularity of Mexico as a country?
Good films, good art, good food, Roberto Bolaño.

What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico and New York?
It’s historic and natural considering the polar role that both cities play in their respective countries. I like how it’s being re-invigorated now with new working class migrants and also creative class migrants like us.

What vision do you have to develop this movement further?
The DREAM Act, visa reform, and immigration rights for bi-national same-sex marriages.



http://danielhernandez.typepad.com


@longdrivesouth



 Carlos Couturier, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Hôtel Americano


Carlos Couturier is a design genius. As the creative arm for Habita Hotels, he masterfully choreographs architects like Enrique Norten and interior designers like the French Arnaud Montigny for his chain of boutique hotels in Mexico and the United States. His taste is impeccable and no detail goes unnoticed when it comes to design, hospitality, locale, and a general air of deftness. Consider the cool starkness of Condesa DF, the kitsch of Boca Chica in Acapulco, or the formal stature of Hôtel Americano in New York. These hotels are award-winning and breath life into up-and-coming neighborhoods and cities. They all fall under the careful considerations of Couturier. We cannot say enough about him. His smile will win you over and his vision has come to define what boutique Mexican hotels are: chic, smart, and with a strict emphasis on high design and luxuriously creative amenities.

Age: 49

Place of Birth: Veracruz, Mexico

Parents: Carlos Couturier & Irene Gaya
Occupation: Hotelier.

When did you move to NYC and why? I moved to NY a year ago to open Hôtel Americano.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?
I live in West Chelsea.  It feels like a real neighborhood.

Name a New York moment. Jogging in Central Park and listening to The Black Eyed Peas (they were playing live) singing 'Imagine' as a tribute to John Lennon!

How do you keep it Mex in the City? I have tacos regularly at Tacombi.

My favorite song: "Hotel California" by The Eagles.

Favorite designer: Tim Hamilton.

Favorite Brand: Band of Outsiders.

Favorite past time: My childhood.

Favorite Mexican expression: "Lo que viene...conviene!"

Which Mexican do you most admire and why? I admire all Mexicans who leave their families behind, work hard and send back most of what they earn in the USA to their hometown in Mexico. They are real heroes to me.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you. I am a sleepwalker.



http://www.grupohabita.mx/


@GrupoHabita



Mariana Salem, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



The New Museum


We met Mariana Salem when she was still working at El Museo del Barrio two years ago, managing their special events. She now does the same type of work for the New Museum where she is prepping for their Triennial, showcasing under-recognized artists from around the world, including artists from Mexico. She is most content and successful when combining her business savvy with her love for the arts. As a board member of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, she is an advocate for their cultural exchange program between New York City and San Cristobal, Chiapas. Each trip provides different learning objectives for the adolescent women, including photography, artisan traditions, and fair trade. 


Age: 29
Place of Birth: Douglas, Arizona.
Parents: Mariano Salem and Patricia Salem Reyna.  My dad grew up in Monterrey, while my mother is from Hermosillo, Sonora.                                                                         
Occupation/Aspiration: Head of special events for the New Museum, continuing a career in arts & culture while promoting social change.

When did you move to NYC and why:                                                                                  
I moved here seven years ago after realizing a career in the corporate world wasn't for me. I wanted to be in an environment where I could be energized by everything around me, and to be stimulated by people that I would meet from all different walks of life.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?

Lower East Side. The neighborhood has such a rich history and a really interesting cross-section of demographics. I’m close to many great music venues as well!

Name a New York moment:                                                                                        
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge during the snowstorm of 2010.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?                                                                                     
 I have a photograph in my bedroom by a Mexican-American artist named Delilah Montoya that depicts numerous objects left behind from people crossing the Mexican/Arizona border.  Every time I look at it I'm reminded of where I come from, and how fortunate I am to have established a life and career here in NYC.
  


What’s your drink of choice? 

Cucumber margarita with mezcal.  



Name your favorite brand.
Toms Shoes. It's social entrepreneurship at its finest.

Name your favorite past time:

Perusing outdoor markets, vintage stores, bookstores, and rock & roll karaoke.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.                                                                          
"No hay mal que por bien no venga."  



Describe a fun or interesting fact about you:                                                                    
Most people think I have a Middle-Eastern background due to my last name, but in actuality my original last name is "Salerno."  My great-grandfather changed it when he moved from Sicily to Mexico.



http://girlsclub.org/





Juan Carretero, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



His Design Office


Juan is a polished man with style. As an architect and interior designer he lends his gentleman aesthetic to a wide range of projects like historical house renovations in the Hudson Valley to upscale interiors on the Chelsea Highline. From mid century furniture to antique flourishes, every detail gets accounted for. In 2010, he conceived of the design for Country Bistro in Mexico City. It's beautifully elegant, bringing a little bit of New York City to Polanco. His fine spaces have been featured in global publications around the world like Monocle, Casa Vogue, and La Revista Reforma.


Age: 36
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents: My dad Juan is from Barcelona, Spain and my mum Josefina is from Mexico City. We would visit the US often so I grew up very multicultural.
Occupation/Aspiration: Architect/Interior Designer

When did you move to NYC and why? I moved to New York a week before 9/11 to start a master's degree at New York University.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why? Gramercy. It's close to everything and very residential (quiet). It is surrounded by pockets of shops and restaurants. The people in this neighborhood hardly ever move anywhere else. There is a true sense of community.

Name a New York moment. I once dropped my wallet in a mailbox instead of the letter I was holding. From the safety of a nail salon, I waited for hours in the middle of a blizzard for the mailman to come and open it. By the end of the day, I made friends with all of the girls in the parlor. They tried to teach me bad words in Korean and they practiced artwork on my nails. I still wave at them when I pass.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?  By working hard and playing harder. I've been traveling between Mexico, New York, and the Hudson Valley. I try to learn something new every day.

What's your drink of choice? I like La Pinta tequila. It is infused in pomegranate juice for 12 months. It's blood red so it must be vampire approved.

Who is your favorite designer? Ingo Maurer

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression. "A cochino mordelon, mecate corto" or a short leash for a biting pig. It sounds better in Spanish.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?  Gabriel Orozco because of the intensity and simplicity of his work, always playful, witty, and powerful. A true global artist.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you. I move around all of my furniture and stuff once a year. Oh and I tend to walk into the shower with my glasses on.



http://www.juancarretero.com/





Erika Harrsch, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Her Art Studio


The Monarch butterfly, known for its migrations through North America, is an emblematic representation of an individual without borders. The multimedia artist Erika Harrsch has dedicated herself to this symbol of constant mobility in her installations and paintings to address matters of identity, gender, and migration. Her work is at once sweet and provocative. She travels the world sharing her various butterflies from Bogotá and Seattle to Antwerp and Aleppo, Syria. Come March of this year, she will have a solo show at Chelsea gallery. She says “I am creating chaotic landscapes that incorporate world currency as butterflies where the power of money creates an effect on environment.“

Age: 40
Place of Birth: Mexico, DF.
Parents: My father was born in Mexico City from German-Mexican father and French mother with French-Spanish/Aztec blood. That makes me a French passport holder besides proudly having my Mexican one. My mother was born in Cuernavaca and is Spanish-Mexican. Most of my European blood comes from my father side and he looks totally Mexican and most of my Mexican blood comes from my mother who is a beautiful red-haired woman with freckles.
Occupation: Artist full time. Aspiration: Happiness.

When did you move to NYC and why? Ten years ago driven by a dream to be a successful artist in New York.

Name a New York moment. When my boyfriend kissed me inside a security vault and I was holding his most expensive (six numbers) Stradivarius violin.

What’s your drink of choice? 
Tequila, a Martini, and a good not so sweet Cosmo.

What is your favorite song? 
My favorite composer Philip Glass.

Which Mexican do you most admire and why?  
Every Mexican that keeps loving its country and has the ability to keep creative, productive, and positive no matter the adversities and atrocities we have to face in our Mexico lindo y querido.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you. 
To be able to make public my most obscure, funny, bizarre, ridiculous, sarcastic, serious, secretive, intimate facts of my self as an art piece.



http://www.erikaharrsch.com/





Tanya Avelar, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Manhattan Rooftop


Tanya came on board as a satellite designer from Los Angeles while finishing school at UCLA. Before moving to NYC, she was our secret weapon in design as we began to flourish as a blog. She developed our beloved metropolis logo and many of our playful fliers. She has a meticulous eye for symmetry and clean design. She is also an avid indie band fanatic and spends her time going to live shows in whichever city she may be in. Because of her diehard love for select musicians like The Strokes, James Blake, and Diplo, she managed to get M&TC on Diplo's blog shot out as well as some Twitter love. Fusing her love for music with her design capabilities, she has worked for Paper and Spin magazines. She continues to push Mex and the City forward with polished and thoughtful projects.

Age: 24

Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA

Parents Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Mexico

Occupation/ Aspiration: Graphic Designer

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
UCLA for Design|Media Arts and Architectural Studies

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Chinatown. I love the sense of community in this neighborhood. I see kids being dropped off at school by their parents and the grandparents sitting in the park benches chatting away. This reminds me a lot of Guadalajara.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.

El que no enseña, no vende y el que enseña mucho se le mosquea.

Who is your favorite designer?

Henrik Vibskov is a Danish fashion designer who creates unique clothes and amazing installations for his runway shows. Herzog & de Meuron. Tara Donovan because she works with space and everyday materials in an innovative way.

Name three songs you are listening to right now.

"We Might Feel Unsound" by James Blake, "Total Drench" by Iceage and "Out Getting Ribs" by Zoo Kid/King Krule.

What is your favorite restaurant or place to eat?
La Superior and Lil Frankie's

Name a Mexican you admire.
My grandpa. He was a wise, hardworking man, and ahead of his time. He was also a great artist and musician. I guess that's where I get my love for music and art.

What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico and New York? 

Both metropolises share an emphasis in urbanism, architecture, and art. Both cities having a strong influence in the arts, which brings many Mexicans to NY and vice versa.

What is your Mexican travel destination?
The best beach I have ever been to is Playa de Burro, a couple hours north of Cabo San Lucas. It's a camping beach with huts right by the crystal clear water. At Bertha by the beach, I had the best camarones empanizados and ceviche. Also on my road trip, I visited the salt mine in Guerrero Negro and it was heavenly. The entire landscape was made of white mounds and lakes of salt water. It was so serene.



www.cargocollective.com/tanyaavelar





Francisco Cervantes, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



His Game Room in the West Village.


We first met Francisco at a Finch & Ada art show in Chelsea. He uttered the word "programmer" and we were captivated by his ability to turn numbers into living entities. He's committed to blending social service and programming for a better world through his work at the Education Development Center (EDC), concentrated on research for children and technology. His projects include collaborating with institutional giants such as MIT Media Lab, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NASA, PBS Kids. No big deal. In his free time, he's competitive in his soccer league, hosting Harlem dinner parties, programming for M&TC, and freelancing software engineering work. He says, "I am currently interested in giving physical form to digital information. This would mean the ability to connect the digital word with tangible objects."

Age: 29
Place of Birth: 19.406617,-99.166612
Parents: Francisco and Adela Cervantes
Occupation/Aspiration: Researcher in education technology & software programmer

When did you move to NYC and why?
September 2008. Moved to the city for graduate school at NYU and because I could no longer put up with the sunny sandy beaches of Santa Barbara, California.

Which neighborhood did you live in NYC and why?
Currently live in West Harlem. I love living here for the Mexican/Dominican vibe, and my uptown crew.

Name a New York moment.
Cruising in a yellow cab from the airport to my apartment, and then getting a shout-out from my barber as I walk down the street. Two moments, hustled into one, thats New York.

How did you keep it Mex in the City?
I keep my pomp looking fresh.

What's your drink of choice?
Xtabentún is some crazy good Mayan stuff (anise liqueur). I would not mind calling it my favorite drink.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
"Travellin Man" by Mos Def and DJ Honda because I am constantly on the move.
"El Reloj" by Los Panchos because I struggle with the concept of time.
"Mother" by Danzig

Who is your favorite designer?
I'm a fan of Adi Dassler's work. I would love to have those futbol cleats that gather data while you play, and allow you to compare it to a peers and professional players. Wearable circuits are the future, and we don't even know it.

Name your favorite past time.
Cascaritas at the park.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
El camaron que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Mi abuelito Salvador Rodriguez. I admire his creative vision and resourcefulness. He, along with my grandma, helped raise me when I was younger, and programmed much of my early childhood. I admire his tenacity to keep moving forward through the ugliest of times.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I am a master at foosball and extremely arrogant about it. NYU Foosball Champion right here. What!?





@franciscolive



Carlos Alvarez Montero, Racial Profiling, Mex And The City



His studio in the neighborhood of Satelite, .357mx


We have much to gush about the work of Carlos Alvarez Montero. His work speaks volumes about identity and emerging cultures. His eye catches the beautiful subtleties of the moment. Heis ever producing: photography, film, and dabbling in musical interests like DJing and radio. He is prolific. He is in collaboration with: Marco Cataño, on a book project about Mexican guitarists,Pedro Jimenez, on the documentary M de Michoacán, and with us, on "Racial Profiling" both in New York and Mexico City. His photography has been published in The Fader, Esquire Mexico, and Hamburger Eyes, etc. You can catch him on Sundays from 11pm on Radioglobal.org as part of the collective, La Family Dub.

http://vimeo.com/10318784

Age: 35
Place of Birth: México D.F.
Parents: Mom: Torreón, Coahuila, Dad: Michoacán
Occupation/Aspiration: Photographer

When did you move to NYC and why?
In August 2007, to go to grad school (an MFA in photography, video, and related media at The School of Visual Arts).

When did you return to DF and why?
Last winter because it was the agreement I had with one of my grants the Fulbright-Garcia Robles.

Which neighborhood did you live in NYC and why?
Harlem, I love the energy and authenticity of that part of the city.

Which neighborhood do you live in DF and why?
Currently in Satelite (so it's not in DF, I'm in the Estado de México Suburbs) in my girlfriend's house, we hope to move soon to La Cuauhtemoc where I used to live before I moved to NYC.

Name a New York moment.
Being congratulated by a Muslim man because of my beard.

Name a DF moment.
Not being able to catch a cab because of my beard.

How did you keep it Mex in the City when you were in NYC?
Ordering a huarache de bistek with a Jarrito de tamarindo from the Toro Partido restaurant in Harlem, hanging out with the Firme Rydaz Lowrider Bike Club form the Bronx and making photos for the Mex and the City ladies of course!

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
My friend Pedro (who by the way has a great mezcaleria in Guadalajara named Pare de Sufrir...Tome Mezcal!) introduced me to a shaman from Huautla de Jimenez, El Profe Pablo, he always used to say: "Adelante, siempre adelante..."

What's your drink of choice?
Chocomilk! I'm addicted to it!

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Novalima: "Mujer Ajena", Orquesta Harlow: "Abran Paso", and Prince Fatty ft. Hollie Cook: "Milk and Honey".

Favorite label or product?
Fania Records, I love all the covers made by Izzy Sanabria.

Name your favorite past time.
Collecting music and DJing.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
La Culpa no es del Indio si no del que ve sus películas (a variation of the classic: la culpa no es del indio si no del que lo hizo compadre, this one making reference to Mexican director Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez).

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
All Mexicans that do what they have to do no matter what.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
Fifteen years ago, I had a band called "Camila". Years later, a friend that worked at Sony asked me if I had the copyright of the name. I didn't. Today Sony Music Entertainment has a band called "Camila".



http://www.alvarezmontero.com/


@alvarezmontero



Miriam Castillo, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Thrift shop in Brooklyn


Her deep laughter, fierce opinions, and ability to turn every situation into a creative festivity drew us in. Over the last year, her illustrations and graphic design have set the tone for Mex and City. When she is not working with us, she is busy in illustrationland, a whimsical place where winged creatures and dainty sprites make their way onto tote bags, t-shirts, and wallpaper. Trained as a graphic designer from UVM at Queretaro and courses at SVA and FIT in NYC, she makes any medium spirited. She even made an interactive mural for El Museo del Barrio. This year she is focused on showcasing her multi-media works.
 
Age: 31
Place of Birth: Estado de Mexico, DF.
Parents: Both from DF Gloria Cruces & Julian Castillo, "Chilangos, Defeños, Mexican power!".
Occupation/Aspiration: Graphics & Textile designer, Illustrator.
My aspiration: yoga teacher.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why? I came to Brooklyn and never moved. I started in Williamsburg because I had a friend there, then move to other locations. Now I live in Bushwick. Always Brooklyn, baby!

Name a New York moment:
Walking by the "Imagine" memorial at Central Park for John Lennon on the anniversary of his death and seeing Yoko Ono leaving the spot.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
I try to cook "enchiladas queretanas" every now and then. It's the only Mexican plate I know how to make. It reminds me of home. I live in a Latino neighborhood full of delicacies that I miss from Mexico. Also, I never leave my Mexican gang.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
My mom said constantly: "Date a poleo y oleras a deseo, date acada rato y
oleras a caca de gato" I had a hard time understating it.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
"El que se apendeja, dios lo deja"

What is your favorite project collaboration you have worked on?
I collaborated with my friend Alex Medina, a Mexican fashion designer based in my hometown. He launched his new collections and some cool T-shirts with my designs. http://alexmedinahm.com/whothefuckisalex-t-shirts/

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I didn't learn how to cook until I turned 30, and I used the laundry machine without soap for almost 3 years. I'm not a very good housewife.

How would you describe your aesthetic? Busy, organic, vintage.

Who is your favorite designer? Yayoi Kusama,

What can we expect from you in 2012? Some exhibitions here and there in NY & DF.



http://miriamcastillo.com/


@MiriamCastilloC



Diego A. Fernandez Racial Profiling Mex and the City



Brooklyn Rooftop


Like many of our weekly profiles, Diego is a jack of many trades. He is editing a video documentary for the Festival de Música Electrónica Latina (FMEL) of Chicago, designing our photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero's upcoming book as well as doing the art and design for an album by Orlando with Static Discos. He is busy, busy! He also has an internet radio show every Tuesday and Thursday called "betababel, betababel" that explores the music, art, and food of NYC. He says "Whenever possible, I like to give internet radio workshops at galleries, cafes, and friends apartments." We think you should take him up on his offer!


Age: 29
Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
Where are you parents from? Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
Occupation/Aspiration: I am a freelance graphic designer at heart, internet radio producer, and occasional video enthusiast.

When did you move to NYC and why?
September 2009. Why? I still don't know why, maybe it's simply because I have been charmed by NYC.

Where do you live in the city and why?
I live in Williamsburg. Some Mexican artist friends of mine have this live/work studio. I thought it was interesting, plus this area is full of life: cafes, bars, concerts. There is a lot to see in walking distance.

Name a New York moment:
I went to work at a café a couple blocks away from my house. I took my laptop, I ordered a falafel and the guy that took my order looked a lot like a friend I used to skateboard with when I was seventeen. He asked where I was from. I replied Mexico. We started to laugh and we gave each other a hug. He is German.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
El lenguaje, la comida y las Coronitas.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
I was talking with friends about how cars still don't fly, we can't teleport ourselves, we still can't communicate through telepathy…Then my friend Pepe says, "The future was a failure."

What is your favorite song?
El Perro del Mar: "Change of Heart"

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Escucho a mi compañero de casa tocar la guitarra, Spike Jones: "Hey Mr. Banjo", and Toro Y Moi: "Talamak"

Your favorite product, label, or designer.
Para caminar Camper Shoes, para escuchar AKG, para andar en bicicleta Bianchi, para escribir Sharpie, para trabajar Mac, para inspirarse Daniel Eatock.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
"Mientras son peras o son manzanas." "Se me cae la baba." I really enjoy these two phrases together.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Ivan Puig, he is a Mexican artist that lives in Mexico City. I love his work. He is the type of person who is always active, with a great attitude and very conscious, and he is also a great friend.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
My parents thought I was mute and the first words I said was "walk horse walk" "camina caballo camina". From there I started speaking.



www.radioglobal.org

www.holadiego.com


@diegosaguirre



Marina Garcia-Vasquez, Racial Profiling, Mex and The City



Her L.E.S. Studio.


Marina’s love of the written word is apparent in her professional pursuits and personal interests. As a writer and editor for culture magazines and blogs, she reports on fashion, design, literature, and architecture. She has worked in art book publishing for Harry N. Abrams, Rizzoli, Gregory R. Miller and in PR for the prestigious Nadine Johnson and Associates. Writing poetry is her life’s passion and she creates public poetry campaigns in the forms of flyers, posters, and art exhibits. She says her blog Pairs of Chairs is a good indication of her melding journalism and poetry.

Age: 33
Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, CA
Occupation/Aspiration: Writer/Editor
Parents: My mother is from Juarez, Chihuahua and my father is a Chicano from Northern California.

When did you move to NYC and why?
October of 2005, as soon as I submitted my master’s thesis in writing I was on a plane to NYC. San Francisco was starting to feel like a small pond.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
L.E.S. I am prone to rowdiness and social enclaves.

A New York moment:
My first year in NYC I assisted one of my favorite poets, Cecila Vicuña on an anthology of Latin American poetry for Oxford University Press. I thought I had died and gone to heaven for sure.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
By creating this blog, where we can celebrate our culture, identity, and experience as a collective. Though on the regular, you can find me at La Esquina.

What's your drink of choice?
A margarita made by Felipe Mendez.

Three songs on your mind right now:
TV on the Radio: “Family Tree”, Junior Mafia: “Get Money”, Roberto Carlos: “Amigo”

Favorite Mexican expression:
I know it’s not Mexican per say but I love how much emotion my abuela puts into “ojala”.

Fun fact:
Due to my family’s neo-hippy tendencies in the US my last name is Garcia-Vasquez but my Mexican passport reads Vasquez-Garcia in accordance with tradition.



www.mg-v.com


@marinagarciavas



Santiago Sierra Racial Profiling NY Mex and the City



NYC Studio


Santiago just survived the glam madness that is New York’s Fashion Week, covering backstage for Vogue Latinoamérica. Early in his career as a photographer, he was fortunate to receive professional feedback from Bruce Weber and assisted on set with powerhouse Mert & Marcus. Huge resume boosters! He says that he learned a lot about the industry from friends and the three years he spent modeling. Next, he will shoot Meghan Collison for Metal Magazine. And although Santiago keeps busy with high fashion, he’s also developing plenty of other cultural projects like a 2011 calendar about Mexico called the Viva Guide, a photography exhibit titled “Inhale”, and his very own book called “La Quebrada” about the cliff divers in Acapulco.

Age: 26
Place of Birth: Mexico City.
Parents: Both Mom and Dad in Mexico City.
Occupation/Aspiration: Photographer/ To inspire people.

When did you move to NYC and why?
I moved to New York City about two years ago. I was living in Miami and before that in Melbourne, Australia. Since I was 14, I had always dreamed of living here.

Where do you live in the city and why?
I am living in a small apartment in beautiful Nolita. I was really lucky to find a good deal in my favorite part of the city.

A New York moment:
Fighting with the cab driver. Fighting to cross the street. Fighting to get on the train. Fighting with the stuff you are carrying around. Fighting for everything, but it's fun.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
I have huge stocks of Tajin and limones at home.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“The best strategy is to have many strategies" and "If you don't have initiative you have nothing”.

What's your drink of choice?
8 am coffee, 12 pm champagne, 10 pm tequila.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Philip Glass: “Glassworks”, Miami Horror: “Sometimes”, Laid Back: "Sunshine Reggae”.

Name your favorite past time.
It might sound boring, but it's actually watching movies. I hope I can make movies one day that will be even better.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression:
“Al chile” which means “Don't think, just do it!"

What Mexican do you admire and why?
Alfonso Cuaron, Sebastian (the contemporary sculptor), and Diego Rivera. Basically all amazing artists that have proven to the world what Mexicans can be capable of.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I collect vintage and Hentai porn to have as visual reference.



www.sansierra.com





Daphna Guttin Racial Profiling NY



Williamsburg


In the fifth grade, Daphna was studying math flashcards with her abuelita and she remembers telling her abuela that one day she was going to be a fashion designer. With a degree from the University of Texas, Austin, today she is known in the New York fashion industry as a stylist that can miraculously pull shoots together come hell or high water. One of her favorite jobs was working on a shoot for Purple magazine with Mario Sorrenti. But she prefers working on creative side projects with her closest friends, “They are all so talented and some of our best work comes out when we are just messing around having fun!”

Age: 27
Place of Birth: Houston, Texas
Parents: From Mexico City
Occupation/Aspiration: Stylist/ I aspire to be happy everyday, follow my heart, and be open to everything opportunity that comes my way.

When did you move to NYC and why?
October 2006. Moved to NY to pursue a career in fashion design. It was something I wanted to do ever since I was a child. The diversity, craziness, and energy of this city always intrigued me.

Where do you live in the city and why?
Brooklyn. I live in BK because that is where most of my friends live and it’s a bit more laid back than the city. Although I do miss the energy of the East Village!

Name a New York moment:
New Years three years ago, I was drinking champagne on the rooftop of the Domino sugar factory with Hassidic Jews that owned the building. It was totally random and unexpected!

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
I like to share things from my culture with my "gringo" friends like introducing them to elote and buying mango con limon y chile at the park in Bushwick.

Who is your favorite designer?
Dries van Notten, YSL, and Rick Owens. I also love watching the fashion shows of graduating students from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.

What's your favorite song?
At the moment...”Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Favorite Mexican expression:
"Cria cuervos y te sacaran los ojos", though my mother says "Cria hijas y te sacaran los ojos!" Haha.

What Mexican do you admire and why?
Emiliano Zapata aka "El Tigre del Sur" because he started the Revolution!

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I have some pretty sweet “fly girl” dance moves.








Felipe Mendez, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



La Superior


In New York we care about our media, so when Paper Magazine nominated Felipe for it’s 2009 Beautiful People issue we were ecstatic. His nomination had everything to do with his dedication to bringing authentic Mexican food and culture to NYC. His restaurant La Superior has become a taco beacon for Williamsburg musicians and artists. As passionate as he is about Mexican food, he’s also a committed DJ of eclectic music under the name Sonido Discoyoacan, spinning everything from techno to cumbia to breakbeats on real vinyl. He says “I don't want to spill the beans, but new home-produced music is coming soon!”


Age: 30!
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents place of birth: Veracruz (dad) Mexico City (mom)
Occupation/Aspiration: Mexican-ize the world (in process)

When did you move to NYC and why?
In 1999, I was looking for something greater.

Where do you live in the city and why?
Williamsburg, because back then it was really cheap.

Name a New York moment:
Meeting and chatting with James Brown out from the shower in a dressing gown.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Working with paisas day and night. A taco diet. And educating the gringo with what is Mexican food and lifestyle.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“No pierdas el estilo” from my just deceased godfather.

What's your drink of choice?
Bourbon and beer to chill. Vodka on the rocks for partying and tequila for survival.

What are your favorite restaurants?
Prune and Le Moustache in NYC. In Mexico City, the quesadillas of Gloria in the mercado behind the church in Coyoacan. And of course and overall La Superior.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
The Beatles: “A Day in the Life”, Aphex Twin: We “Are the Music Makers”, and El Gran Perez Prado: “Niña a go-go”.

Who would you like to work with and why?
Daft Punk and Emmanuel Lubezki because I think something crazy and fun could come out (music, film, and food together! ) And I of course would like to feed them all. Or Cafe Tacuba and Emmanuel Lubezki, featuring the best Mexican music, film, and food! That sounds about right too.

Name your favorite past time:
Living in London in the rave era (1995). It was a life changing experience.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
The one who leaves home and works hard.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I can work, party, and play records with no sweat.



www.lasuperiornyc.com





Giovanni Cervantes Racial Profiling Mex and the City



Williamsburg Studio


We know Giovanni as a photographer of women: nudes and clothed portraits of intimate moments. He pays detailed attention to the form of the body, focused on the sexuality of women. His portraits are refreshingly strong and powerful representations of young women. Having graduated from the National School of Visual Arts, UNAM in 2004 and Escuela Activa de Fotografía (Active School of Photography) in 2002, he has received commercial success in the form of large advertising campaigns for companies like AeroMexico, Neutrogena, Crest, and Pepsi to name a few. His work continues to grace the pages of international publications of art and fashion. Currently represented by the NY-based FIFI Projects gallery, he says he is “directing a TV series about teenage girls and how they discover their sexuality.” It might as well be the cherub-faced Gio to get the job done with sensitivity and passion.

Age: 27
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Occupation/Aspiration: Photographer and Artist

When did you move to NYC and why?
At the end of 2008, I started publishing my work in some NY magazines and my art gallery moved to NY from Miami.

Where do you live in the city and why?
Williamsburg, because most of my friends live there, and I think it’s a better place to meet people, more so than Manhattan.

Name a New York moment:
Staten Island Ferry, I always take it when I need some space and time to think.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Being around my Mexican friends and eating Mexican food as much as possible.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“You are not in New York to obtain something from the city, you are in NY to give all you have.”

What's your drink of choice?
Whisky on the rocks.

What's your most valuable possession?
My studio in Mexico City.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
The Big Pink: “Velvet”, This Mortal Coil: “Song of the Siren”, M83: “I Guess I'm Floating”.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Carlos Salinas de Gortari, he was the most ambitious and controversial president in modern age Mexico. I admire his vision of power, but not his actions as a Mexican president.

What's an exciting project you've worked on?
HEMBRA, it's an Internet project about the sexual identity of various girls.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
“Te la mamaste!”

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I love 90's dance music, my alias is DJ Internet and I’m a professional, busting out Michael Jackson dance moves.

Feel free to add anything else you'd like included to your profile.
I do not love NY.



www.giovannicervantes.com
colonystudiosbk.com
www.thehembra.com
www.kidsarenotsleeping.com





Jennifer Rincon Racial Profiling NY Mex and the City



Williamsburg Appartment


As a designer for the women’s Converse One Star collection for Target, Jennifer oversees knits, wovens, and One Star accessories. She respects brands that make fashion accessible to the masses, like Target's GO International collections. In the future, she wants to make clothing that is vintage- inspired and timeless, she says, “Like the one item that you always go back to in your closet, always comfortable yet dressed up.” Much loved labels on her radar are LOVER, Vena Cava, Isabel Marant, and Alexa Chung for Madewell.

Age: 30
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA
Parents: Mom: Guatemala, Dad: Michoacán
Occupation/Aspiration: Designer for Converse One Star

When did you move to NYC and why?
I moved here about two and a half years ago. It took me three years to finally get the balls to do it. I'm glad I did, it's not as scary a place as I imagined.

Where do you live in the city and why?
I live in Greenpoint, BK. After living in the East Village for two years it's nice to live somewhere that's quiet and more mellow.

Name a New York moment:
Almost everyday, no matter how cold, hot, or rainy it gets. You look to the person walking next to you and you know they are as miserable as you are, you realize we're all in it together.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
By kindly correcting my friends every time they butcher words like “tor-til-la” or “guaca-moley.”

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“Finish what you started.” I'm still working on that one.

What's your drink of choice?
Jameson on the rocks and I can never turn down a good margarita.

Who is your favorite designer?
Alexander McQueen was definitely someone whose collection I looked forward to seeing every season.

What is your favorite personal design moment?
The first time one of my designs was a top seller at Target. I'm obsessed with reading the customer reviews on the Target website on all my designs, feed back is always good.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Beach House: “A Walk in the Park, Toro y Moi: “Blessa” and I recently re-discovered Los Hombres G: “Devuelveme a mi chica”.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
“No mames” I find funny but I always liked the word “bichi”, it always makes me laugh.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Pedro Infante. I have memories of watching his movies with my dad as a kid and they always made me both laugh and cry at the same time.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
My name is Jennifer but my friends call me Xochitl.

If you could design a shoe for Mex and the City, how would it look?
A Converse shoe? The shoe would have handcrafted leather soles, the print would be a classic Saltillo design like vintage Mexican blankets and a small “ojo de dios” hand-embroidered diamond at the ankle.








Manuel Norena Racial Profiling NY Mex and the City



NYC Studio


You can always spot Manny walking the streets of NYC. He is a man about town, heartthrob attractive, famously connected (the nephew of José José) and boisterously happy. By day he is a set designer, art director, and problem solver and by night he is a socialite. He has a larger than life personality and quite vibrantly the life of the party. He’s passionate about everything he does from the work work to the fun work. Represented by Jed Root agency, his big clients in the beauty and luxury goods industries are names like Clinique and L’Oreal. And you can find his work on billboards, print, TV, and international advertisements. He is currently rebranding the Pierre Hotel, working with legendry photographer Roxanne Lowitt.
 
Age: 30
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents: Mexico City
Occupation/Aspiration: Set Design/Art Director

When did you move to NYC and why?
In 2000, I was in search of something bigger that I didn’t even know existed.

Where do you live in the city and why?
I currently live on the West Side, near the Meatpacking District but not in it. I am near all of the best shopping and photo studios. I love being able to roll out of bed and be on set.

Name a New York moment:
I got wrongfully arrested, prepped a photo shoot and then hosted a party with Susanne Bartsch all in one day.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Limon y chile cada dia.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
No regrets! No excuses!

What's your drink of choice?
Tequila on the rocks with lots of lime!

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Lady Gaga: “Bad Romance”, Kesha: “Tik Tok” and Sade: “Soldier of Love”

Who would you like to work with and why?
Tom Ford. I love his style.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
“Que onda?”

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
My father. He changed the music industry by representing my uncle José José and he was one of the first producers who crossed over to America.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I’m a good cook. My specialty is chilaquiles!



manuelnorenastudio.com





Jose Covarrubias Racial Profiling NY



NYC Studio


Jose came to New York to sing and dance. His first play was Zoot Suit at the San Diego Repertory Theater. “I played a pachuco in the Downey Gang. That show changed my life. I was 19.” When he moved to NYC to work on Broadway, he found himself auditioning for the same parts: the gang member, drug dealer, or queeny best friend. While working at Sephora in SoHo, the director of Elite Model Management thought he was funny and offered him a job. “Got a survival job and the rest is history,” he says.

Age: 32. My birthday is Dia de los Innocentes.
Place of Birth: San Diego, CA, but grew up in Chula Vista!
Parents: My Apa is from Tonala, Jalisco. My Ama was born and raised in Oakland (first generation) so I feel like 1 1/2 generation.
Occupation/Aspiration: Modeling agent.

When did you move to NYC?
Summer of 2003 to be on Broadway which I accomplished, but it was Broadway between Prince and Spring in SoHo.

Where do you live?
Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I live with my best friend from back home. We moved from Manhattan because we wanted more for our money and fell in love with the gayborhood.

Name a New York moment:
Every time that I go underground to take the train. You enter from one location and exit in a whole different land surrounded by the tallest buildings in the world and it takes your breath away…. You realize that you live in NYC and you fall in love all over again.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
By surrounding myself with other Mexi’s and Latinos who understand my culture, I have a lot of brown people in my group.

What's your drink of choice?
Agua de Jamaica, but I almost never turn down a beer.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Sade: “Soldier of Love”, Florence and the Machine: “Dog Days are Over” and anything by Jeff Buckley.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression:
Zassss! And Tan-Tan!

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
It would have to be my dad. Came over to the states from Jalisco when he was younger than me and worked every crappy job out there, he picked fruit, cooked, cleaned, landscaping all before he had his papers. He taught me how to work hard.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I was a professional dancer before I fell into fashion. Ten years ago, I was part of the musical about Selena. It was called “Selena Forever” even thought it only lasted for a while.








Claudette Walls Manllo Racial Profiling NY



UN Rooftop


A permanent member of the downtown La Esquina restaurant family, Claudette waited on celebrities and NY socialites for years to pay off her university schooling. Her thesis at the New School was titled “Theatre of the Immigrant”, proposing theatre as a tool for re-telling Mexican immigration to the U.S. She now works on the global stage that is the United Nations with the Mexican delegation, focusing on the economy and migration. In her spare time, she has developed Nube Indigo, a jewelry line inspired by clouds that she calls “anthropological fieldwork.”

Age: 24
Place of Birth: Monterrey, Nuevo Léon but I was raised in San Miguel de Allende.
Parents: Claudette Manllo Kalifa y Eduardo Walls del Pino. My mom is from Monterrey, Mexico and my dad is from Valparaiso, Chile.
Occupation/Aspiration: Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations/Globe Trekker TV show host.

When did you move to NYC and why?
In 2005, to study my BA in Social Anthropology/Theater at The New School. I searched for a place I could pursue a career combination of the performing arts and the chaotic world of men/women in society.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Prospect Heights. I am a Brooklyn lover and cheap rent.

Name a New York moment:
While I was a waitress at La Esquina, I got to wait on Salma Hayek once. After several margaritas, she asked me to walk her to a less-crowded restroom; I took her to the employees’ one. She offered me an American Spirit and we chatted about our life plans while sharing a cigarette. We took pictures with my cell phone, and she even asked me for my number. I’m still waiting for her phone call. Jajajaja!

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
By attending events like the “Reina de la Primavera” drag queen contest at Atlantis Club in Jackson Heights and bringing flowers every year on 12th December to the Virgen de Guadalupe at 14th Street and 8th Ave.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“Always believe in the healing power of praying” – My dad aka my Tai Chi instructor.

What's your drink of choice?
Tequila.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Daft Punk: “Voyager”, Belle and Sebastian: “We Are the Sleepyheads”, and The Clash: “Rock the Casbah”.

Name your favorite past time.
To buy cookbooks and spend hours at the supermarket.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression:
“Me dejaste con el Jesús en la boca”

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. The first woman to go to the University in Mexico.



www.nubeindigo.com





Alvaro Alcocer Mosco Racial Profiling NY Mex and the City



LES Rooftop


Alvaro is an artist who paints on wooden panels that he has found on the street. But most of us know him as Mösco, both his nom de plume and nickname. His work has been exhibited alongside Warhol, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Shirin Neshat, Banksy, Swoon, and Kaws but he is not one to brag. (So we do it for him here. He was also in Terence Koh’s group show, “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl”.) He says he began his arts career early in grade school through graffiti and street art and that his family has always been supportive of him as an artist. Nowadays, his artwork gets him invited to far off corners of the globe like the Canary Islands Biennial, but he does not believe in “art stars” or that kind of fame. He says “If you love doing it, that's the biggest reward. I see it as a personal journey.” His aspirations are two fold: “I would love to show my work to people in remote places like the Tarahumara of the Sierra Madre or in Mongolia.” And he would like to collaborate with the architect Zaha Hadid, “Her work is so fast-forward and inspiring. We could make a good team.”


Age: 32
Place of Birth: Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico.
Parents: DF
Occupation/Aspiration: Artist and Painter.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
I live in the Lower East Side, close to Chinatown. It’s nice to step out of your house and not deal with the craziness of the city, plus cheap veggies, fish, and dumplings all around.

When did you move to NYC and why?
After finishing my studies in DF, I was doing graffiti and considered a pioneer. I came to NY in 1998. The city was different then. Mayor Guilliani removed all the grime and 911 changed it all.

Name a New York moment:
1. Once I was waiting to get a photo taken with Santa Claus and I saw that everyone in the room was looking at my daughter Sasha. I then realized that Sarah Jessica Parker was sharing cookies with her. 2.The best one; cursing in Spanish to a Chinese guy who responded to me “No mames!”

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Having a solid taco diet.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“Echale canilla” It means “kick ass”. My Dad used to shout it when I played soccer.

What's your drink of choice?
Cerveza Modelo in summer. Baileys in winter.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Pixies: “Where's My Mind”, Café Tacuba: “Chica Banda”, Sonora Dinamita: “Mi cucu”.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Emiliano Zapata. He was from Morelos and his ideals were for the working people. His best quote is: “It’s better to die on your feet than to die on your knees”.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I love chocolate. I love dancing. I love women. I love sunshine. I like keeping it simple.



 mosco-clandestino.blogspot.com





Ruby Vizcarra, Racial Profiling, Mex And The City



Williamsburg Studio


Ruby’s love of fashion solidified after being gifted a sewing machine for her sixteenth birthday. The California native studied fashion marketing and communications at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona. As a producer for Gilt.com, a fashion ecommerce site, she is fully enthralled by all things in the New York fashion world: Fashion Week, runway shows and collections, the fashionphiles of New York City, models, photographers and the like. She says she gets goose bumps for anything designed by Alber Elbaz of Lanvin and cites Phoebe Philo’s return to Celine as something close to Jesus' resurrection.

Age: 28
Place of Birth: San Diego, California.
Occupation/Aspiration: Fashion Producer – both my occupation and aspiration.
Parents: My father was born in Durango, my mother in Sonora, but both were raised in Tijuana and immigrated to the states when they married.

When did you move to NYC and why?
February 2007. I was 25, had never been to New York, and moved here with three suitcases to work in Fashion.

A New York moment:
Every time I see the skyline at night I get butterflies and am reminded of how much I love this city.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Somehow everything has a Mexican connection.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“Amor de lejos, amor de pendejos” No matter how many times I have tried to prove it wrong it’s always true.

What’s your drink of choice?
Lately, Paloma.

Three songs on your mind right now:
Lole y Manuel: “Dime”, Bjork with Raimundo Amador: “So Broken”, Oj Da Juice Man and Gucci Mane: “Half A Brick”

What's your favorite song?
Mexican jam? “Sabor A Mi”

Your favorite past time:
The beaches of Barcelona with a mob of friends, drinks, smokes, and good times.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression:
“Calladita mas bonita” although I don’t practice it as much as I should.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you:
I am more of an experience than a description.








Iris Avelar, Racial Profiling, NY, La Superior, Mex and the City



Williamsburg


Iris left a PR agency in 2007 to open the wildly successful La Superior restaurant in Williamsburg. She and business partner Felipe Mendez plan to build the brand as a Mexican cultural institution abroad. On her own accord, her background in film, video production, and magazine publishing muscles other creative projects like this blog, freelance PR, and a business atelier. She likes the balance between hospitality and media as she says “they are both socially focused and can deliver creative goods which make for good business.

Age: 31
Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA
Occupation/Aspiration: Restaraunteur/Media Maven
Parents: Both are from Guadalajara, Jalisco and now live in the East Bay, California.

When did you move to NYC and why?
New York was closest to Europe without leaving the States.

Which is your neighborhood or where would you be most likely to hang out?
Chinatown/LES. It’s downtown surrounded by all the cool nooks and still feels like a neighborhood.

A New York moment:
At Cafe Select last winter, I was sitting across from Francesco Clemente. It was a fleeting encounter but it's forever in my memory.

What's the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
My very wise and patient cousin Waldo would always say "think twice before you speak"...it's hard to follow that one, gosh darn it!

What's your favorite drink of choice?
Premium vodka martinis, dry stirred not shaken with olives at Freemans.

A song on your mind right now:
“Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” by Edith Piaf.

Favorite past time:
Dining with friends at Lil Frankies, Mangiami, Freemans, and of course, La Superior.

Favorite Mexican expression:
My mom's family mantra, "Mas vale malo conocido que un bueno por conocer" "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't".

Which Mexican do you admire and why?
My sister Tanya, she's brilliant she's at UCLA finishing up her double major in architectural studies and design media arts. She designed our logo!

Personal or fun fact about you:
I love silly jokes.



www.lasuperiornyc.com
www.mexnthecity.com





Diego Gutierrez Racial Profiling NY



LES


Diego is ardent about hybrid musical collaborations, performance art, and radical design. The son of a musician and designer he grew up knowing he had an impulse to express his unique voice. He studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and is currently working at Young & Rubicam as a designer. In the future, he envisions establishing a creative agency on the outskirts of SMA that offers summer programs to youth in financial need. He says ,"We would bring in artists from all around the world, it's a mental sketch at the moment, but as my career develops I hope to make this happen."

Age: 25
Place of Birth: Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Parents: My mom is American raised in L.A. My dad is from Oaxaca. They live in San Miguel de Allende.
Occupation/Aspiration: Graphic designer / I want to work towards a positive cause that will give others the opportunities that have been given to me.

When did you move to NYC and why?
June 2009, pa' chingarle en la gran manzana y vivir en el ombligo del mundo.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?
Prospect Park South. I love the park. The hood has a great mix of people and the C-town has 79 cent aguacates.

A New York moment:
Every morning when my train comes out of the darkness on to the Manhattan Bridge showing the cityscape, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Soccer, tacos, and cumbia ala NYC.

What's your drink of choice?
Mezcal de la Sierra de Oaxaca.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Pedro Infante: "Amorcito Corazon", Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del 5º Patio: "Un poco de sangre", Rita Indiana: "La hora de volver".

Favorite label or product?
Goya.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression:
Para todo mal Mezcal y para todo bien tambien.

Which Mexican do you admire and why?
Benito Juarez, the only president Mexico has had with Native American roots and anyone who has crossed the border illegally to seek a better life for their loved ones.



talacha.net


@talachadotnet



Mars Ostarello Racial Profiling Mex and the City



East Village Apartment


When Mars decided to leave California for New York her traditional mama made her live in a women's residence for the first year. She wanted her to be focused on school and work. While in school, she waited tables to pay her way through college and found the restaurant industry in NYC was a vital community. She spent years at The Maritime Hotel as a server. She then dabbled in PR, event production, and interior design. She says "I always wanted to be an entrepreneur." So this year, she decided to pull her resources and skills together and develop a taco truck. This summer Montaco, a fuschia-colored truck will launch in the seaside town of Montauk as the first of its kind. Its tagline is "Hecho con amor" and will serve only the freshest ingredients. We hope she makes it back to the city come fall.


Age: 28
Place of Birth: Huntington Park, CA. Known as HP.
Parents: My father is from Rosario, Argentina and my mother is from Aguascalientes, Mexico. I'm a Mexatina.
Occupation/Aspiration: Anything fun, creative, and interesting. I hope to one day own a restaurant, write a movie, and a TV show.

When did you move to NYC and why?
To finish my education at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). I was hungry for life and I knew NYC would feed my soul, thirst for knowledge, and culture. I am satisfecha.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
East Village. It is vibrant and "age appropriate" for me – right now. It is also in walking distance to my friends.

Name a New York moment:
Living on the Bowery (when it was still sketchy) in a penthouse apartment where the elevator opened to the living room: we had a disco ball, turntables, and a bar and we lived with two male roommates: a white collar and male model. We were three girls living in one room and we slept in Queen-size bunk beds.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Cooking my mom's traditional dishes here in NYC always takes me back to my roots. I also have a crew of Mexicanas I keep near and dear to me.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
"The best way to survive in NYC is to be able to handle massive amounts of rejection". Cynical, yet true.

What's your drink of choice?
In the A.M. mate. In the P.M., Vodka soda, splash cranberry, with a lime.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Chavela Vargas: "Volver Volver", Jane's Addiction: "Been Caught Stealing", and The Rolling Stones: "Mother's Little Helper"

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
"Los hombres son como calsetines, solo sirven para meter la pata."

What Mexican do you most admire and why?

Maria Felix. She held her own in a time ruled by men and machismo. She is glamorous and chic and she is talented at her craft and has cojones.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I'm a pool shark.



montacotruck.com
montaco.tumblr.com


@montacotruck 



Erika Mercado, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



EV Community Garden


Erika studied advertising, marketing, and communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology. While still in school she worked with American Apparel and convinced "el Boss" to do a small sponsorship of Mexico’s Fashion Week. Since then she has worked in a variety of jobs from set design to event production for clients like Jarritos, EA Sports, Hornitos, and ESPN. “I have lived here for ten years and done a bit of everything. I love NY because you are able to do that.” Her favorite project is one that she produced with the photographer Abbey Drucker. “We went down to Mexico and shot nude females. It was empowering, beautiful, and so sexy.”

Age: 28
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents: Acapulco 1978 marks the year when my Southern Belle mom met my dad aka “the Latin Jon Travolta” and the rest is history: Champagne, glamour and disco.
Occupation/Aspiration: Producer of events, photo shoots, and anything else that comes my way…

When did you move to NYC and why?
I moved to NYC to attend FIT in 2000.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?
East Village. It’s still one of the neighborhoods that possess soul with a bit of edge! The secret gardens around the hood make for perfect summer getaways. Una coasa mas—my fav. restaurants Pylos and Supper are in my hood. EV love!

A New York moment:
Getting picked up by the Cash Cab van then attending a fabulous party all in one night.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
By getting my daily dose of hot sauce and saying “guey”.

What's your drink of choice?
Champagne and Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia.

Name three songs on your mind right now:
The Gossip: “Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)” Friendly Fires: “Skeleton Boy”, Moloko: “The Time is Now”.

Name your favorite past time.
Cooking with friends.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression:
Guácalas.

Which Mexican do you admire and why?
Dolores del Rio. She was so classic and beautiful. Her circle of friends included everyone from Frida and Diego, Greta Garbo and Elvis. What a legend!



www.abbeydrucker.com





Damian Romero, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



M.N. Roy, Mexico City


Damian Romero is a busy man, known throughout North America as a prized DJ, producer, and creative director. Originally from Ensenada, he has made a name for himself in Mexico City producing high quality cultural events like MUTEK Mexico, the international festival of digital creativity & electronic music (In 2012, DJ Eli Escobar as well as the Joshua Light Show performed in Mexico City), #ReVERB experimental rock sessions with Vice Mexico (They brought Gang Gang Dance to Mexico City in 2011), as well as Merecedes-Benz FashionWeek Mexico. More regularly he can be found working for Société Perrier and Coloürs Marketing Agency. And at nights, well, he only DJs DF's most sought after parties at M.N. Roy. So he's busy, really busy.

Age: 37

Place of Birth: Ensenada, Baja California

Parents Place of Birth: Mexico City

Occupation/ Aspiration: Creative, Producer, Promoter & DJ at night

Describe a typical day:
Morning run, best time to listen to music and a quick breakfast, then head to the office to handle phone calls, emails, etc…Lunch with friends and leave the office by 7PM, then Ableton Live (music production) course for three hours.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Between Roma and Condesa because I can walk to my office and have a little bit more "life quality" inside this huge city. Second reason: lots of friends and things to do around here.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
All the things that I do are made with passion. Most of the things that I did regarding music have had an impact in the cultural of this city in the last few years. People have an alternative outlet to get close to very interesting artists from around the world with high quality and consistency.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I studied Communications at ITESO University in Guadalajara City.

List a meaningful object or talisman you carry with you?
A labyrinth necklace.

What is your drink of choice?
Mezcal and London One Gin.

Who is your favorite thinker?
The Dalai Lama.

Name your favorite blog.
Mexican: Pijama Surf. Global: Nowness & XLR8R.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive in NYC?
Eat at Lil Frankies and see a concert.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive in DF?
Eat at El Parnita and drinks at M.N.ROY.



http://www.imecamusic.com
http://www.mutek.mx
http://www.colours.com.mx


@dramian



Galia Katz, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



In her apartment in Mexico City.


Ex-model turned shoe designer, Galia Katz, founded Plomo shoe brand in 2010 with friend Keltse Bilbao. The brand's concept came from the saying Pies de plomo or "lead feet," allowing women to stand strong and beautiful. The urban chic designs are inspired by the two friends travels around the world. We are especially proud of Katz' efforts in pushing a Mexican brand in the United States and being successful at reaching a mass market. Plomo shoes are available at select boutiques around the US as well as online at Urban Outfitters, ShopBop, and Piperlime. The brand has developed a cult following from dedicated fashionistas looking to wear a boutique brand full of color and interesting flourishes. Katz says she hopes to "build a successful company and turn Plomo into a household name." We think that's so chic.

Age: 34

Place of Birth: Mexico City, DF

Parents Place of Birth: Lima, Peru (Mom) and Mexico DF (Pop)

Occupation/ Aspiration: Shoes Designer. I love my business and feel blessed to be able to do this every day.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Polanco. It makes the big city feel like a town.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
By walking as much as possible, I try not to drive my car.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.
Always be congruent with yourself.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
For high school, I went to The American School Foundation. It was tons of fun. For college, I went to Iberoamericana for textile and fashion design. Looking back, I should have listened to my parents when they urged me to study abroad. I was young and foolish.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
Living in Barcelona inspired all of what I do today. That's when I got into the shoe business.

What is your drink of choice?
Beer

Who is your favorite thinker?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez for his magical mind.

Who is your favorite designer or brand:
Isabel Marant, Christophe Decarnin, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Alexander Wang's accessories. 


Name three songs you are listening to right now.
"Luna" by Zoe, The Strokes' "I'll Try Anything Once", and Willie Nelson covering Coldplay's ¨The Scientist".

Name your favorite book.
Rayuela by Julio Cortazar

Name your favorite blog.
Fashion Gone Rouge

Name a Mexican you admire.
Alejandro Castro, my husband. I am very proud of who he is and who he aspires to become.

What do you think has helped influence the rising popularity of Mexico as a country?
I think Mexicans are fearless.

What would you like to see in Mexico City?
I would love to see more public safety and security.

What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico and New York?
We are a lot more similar than we think. But in my case specifically, NY has been a key player for my professional growth.

What vision do you have to develop this movement further?
It was necessary for Plomo to set up in NY, find a showroom, open up offices, etc. I hope that Plomo will be an inspiration for Mexican designers to look at the bigger picture, push their work outside of Mexico, look for other retailers, and export!



www.plomoshoes.com


@plomoshoes



Enrique Olvera, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Pujol, Mexico City


Enrique Olvera is the chef behind Mexico City’s most celebrated restaurant, Pujol.Food & Wine named him one of the most promising chefs in world cuisine and in 2006 Saveur named the restaurant one of the best in the world. Food critics the world over celebrate his ideas and efforts in maintaining Mexican culinary tradition and evolving it. He graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1999 before returning to Mexico City and opening Pujol. He says that people need to stop talking about “Mexican cuisine” and instead talk about the diversity of the different regions. With his acclaim he uses his voice to Mexico to promote indigenous ingredients and methods, having published two cookbooks: Uno about modern gastronomy in Mexico and En La Milpa, dedicated to the cornfield, a space where nothing is wasted. It is his opinion that a cuisine that is inclusive gets stronger. We look forward to the next era of Olvera’s creativity.

Age: 36

Place of Birth: México City

Parents: Alfonso Olvera and Pilar Figueras
Occupation/Aspiration: Chef

What’s your drink of choice?
Gin tonic.

What Mexican do you most admire and why? 

Octavio Paz.  He represents a truly cosmopolitan Mexican, an intellectual whose thougts on Mexico and Mexicans were clarifiyng. He wrote about the past and history, but always from a contemporary perspective trying to build a legacy for the future.  He had a universal vision, a curiosity for everything and extraordinary erudition. His contribution to culture was global. In this sense, I consider him outstanding.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you. ¿Just one?

Which projects are you working on now?

A new book, and a new seafood restaurant and taking a year off.

Share a secret nook in DF and NY where you like to hide or escape to?

Café Roccoco in Mexico City and the roof top at Hotel Americano.



pujol.com.mx


@enriqueolvera



Fiamma Piacentini, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City



Parque Chapultapec, Mexico City



Fiamma’s portraits capture the diversity of the Mexican experience. There is a wonderful sense of clarity and integrity to her work whether it’s the mariachi school in NYC, the Mexican baseball league in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Chiapas, Oaxaca, or el Monumento a la Revolución Mexicana. Her use of light illuminates the texture and humanity of her subjects. There is a profound dedication to narrative and earnestness. Her photos can be found in Enrique Olvera’s booksUno and En La Milpa and Travel & Leisure Mexico. Her ongoing personal project documents Mexican immigrants living in New York City. Check out her blog, her keen eye will make you swoon and fill you with el orgullo mexicano.


Age: 30

Place of Birth: Mexico, D.F.
Parents Place of Birth: San Antonio, Texas and Buenos Aires, Argentina
Occupation/ Aspiration: Photographer/Writer

Describe a typical day:
Everyday is different, whether I’m working at a studio in New York or photographing in D.F.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Polanco because my sister lives there too.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
I photograph the city in all of its gritty glory hoping people will be proud of it and appreciate its many faces.

Where did you go to school? What did you study? Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. I studied photography.

List a meaningful object or talisman you carry with you?
My tattoos: a Corazon Sagrado Milagro and my grandmother’s signature.

What is your drink of choice?
Vino.

Name your favorite book.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Name your favorite blog. 
Gawker

Name a Mexican you admire.
Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, an amazing photographer.

What is your favorite restaurant or place to eat?
In D.F., Pujol. In the entire world, a taco stand in Puerto Vallarta at Lazaro Cardenas Esquina con Constitucion where I have a quesadilla con carne.

What vision do you have to develop this movement between New York and DF?
I think we should all band together to form a stronger community in New York, no matter who you are or where you come from. It’s sad to me that even abroad we separate ourselves according to class.



www.fiammapiacentini.com





A portrait series presented by Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero highlighting prominent, influential Mexicans in New York City, and tastemakers, artists in Mexico City. The title speaks to the heavy issue of the mixed race and the multicultural experience that makes up a contemporary Mexican identity.

Thank you for your interest in Racial Profiling! Our Kickstarter campaign was successful but we can still use your support! Here is another opportunity to contribute to this beautiful book project. Your donation will go to printing and design costs!







  • Ricardo Cortes
    Ricardo Cortes

    Prospect Heights

  • Fausto Teran, Racial Profiling DF, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
    Fausto Terán

  • Tony Moxham, Mauricio Paniagua, DF Casa
    Tony / Mauricio

    DFC

  • Eva Posas, Rodrigo Tellez, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
    Eva / Teie

    At Their Studio

  • Bang Buro

    Condesa

  • Alexa Rodulfo

    Central Park

  • Manuel Cruz Racial Profiling New York
    Manuel Cruz

    Bronx, NY

  • Emmanuel Picault, Racial Profiling DF
    Emmanuel Picault

    Chic by Accident

  • Alejandro Alcocer, Racial Profiling, New York
    Alejandro Alcocer

    South Street Seaport

  • Racial Profiling, Mexico City
    Carla Fernandez

    At Her Store

  • Fabiola Zamora and Danaé Salazar, Racial Profiling DF, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
    Fabiola / Danaé

    Revista 192

  • Danny Mena, Racial Profiling, NY, Hecho en Dumbo, Mex and the City
    Danny Mena

    Hecho En Dumbo

  • Zemmoa
    Zemmoa

    La Roma, Mexico City

  • Alejandra Quesada, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
    Alejandra Quesada

    In Her Downtown...

  • Esteban Suarez, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
    Esteban Suarez

    Hotel Filadelfia,...

  • Ricardo Pandal, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
    Ricardo Pandal

    Pasagüero, Mexico...

  • Bernardo Loyola, Racial Profiling, Mex And The City
    Bernardo Loyola

    His former Brooklyn...

  • Camilo Lara, Racial Profiling, Mexico City
    Camilo Lara

    His home in La Roma...

  • Marcelo Baez, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
    Marcelo Baez

    NY Fire Escape

  • Gabriela Alva Cal y Mayor
    Gabriela Cal y Mayor

    Eye Level Gallery

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    Ximena Romero

    Hotel condesa df,...

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    Dulce Pinzón

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    Hôtel Americano

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    His Design Office

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    Erika Harrsch

    Her Art Studio

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    NYC Studio

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    NYC Studio

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    UN Rooftop

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    Williamsburg

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    LES

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    EV Community Garden

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    M.N. Roy, Mexico...

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    In her apartment in...

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    Enrique Olvera

    Pujol, Mexico City

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    Parque Chapultapec...

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