MUERTITOS DE HAMBRE (MDH)
Anonymous food Blog Mexicanfoodporn started in San Francisco, California, 2012 as a way to document how I ate and drank around the Bay Area and Los Angeles, but also as reminder of what I missed most about Mexican culture while studying Art abroad. Once I came back to Mexico, Muertitos de Hambre came to be as a complimentary art project to the food blog. The Muertitos or skeletons, are usually depicted interacting around food, drinks or anything related to food culture. If I am painting murals in the streets, I try to incorporate regional or local food to wherever I happen to paint. That way, the viewer can identify with something as personal and joyful as food, but also reflect on the destination we all share. No matter your background or country of origin; your political beliefs or sexual orientation, I believe food and the concept of death are topics anyone has a story or opinon on; food then becomes an universal language. Perhaps we can’t communicate due to language barriers but we sure can sit at a table, enjoy food and drinks.It is part of the human experience.
Besides writing about and photographing food, painting murals around Mexico City and doing illustrations, I contribute writing articles for Vice Mexico in the Munchies section. Work has been featured in food magazines and exhibited in Mexico. Pieces are in private collections in U.S, Canada, Spain and Mexico.
EL TAQUERO BLANK BOY
Trying to explain Mexico without mentioning our deep relationship with gastronomy or death is near impossible. The daily routine in the city and the country revolves around food; holidays and festivities arent complete with some sort of meal. During the traditional “Día de Muertos” one of the most vital parts of the altar is to place food that was loved by the deceased. There is no way around it, we want to enjoy food even if we are “gone”.
Taqueros to me are one of the many underappreciated funky characters that inhabit and give life to Mexico City and the rest of the country. Additionaly, tacos are a dish most people around the world can identify, so much is their influence and popularity that many countries have put their own spin on them: American, Korean, Chinese and even Japanese inspired tacos. Suddenly, a dish becomes more than fuel it becomes a way of sharing ideas!
Painting on Tian Tian was exciting due to the fact that the project started two dimensionally with Danny Yung in Hong Kong, the figurines gained momentum in Toronto and finally because it was intriguing to make the “Muertitos” three dimensionally. The numerous “tattoos” around his arms are a way of exchanging his culture with others and also as a reminder that no matter how far he travels or the people he meets or the crazy adventures he gets into, his home is Mexico.