Just finished a new image, so I am feeling pumped-up... and tired at the same time. Following a tradition of the last few years, I finished a new image with a mexican theme, commemorating Mexico's Independence Day (Sept. 16 that is, not to be confused with May 5, or "Cinco de Mayo"). The model, same as in the past few years, is the beautiful Lisa del Toro, a model as beautiful as talented. She works as a tattoo artist, here in Las Vegas, where dreams and nightmares come true.
As I mentioned, the making of this kind of image is pretty much a tradition. Every year I go through the same ritual: soak myself into folkloric mexican music (from ranchera to banda and everything in between), and let my mind travel through my memories of a boy born and raised in Mexico. A life in in the northwest, with yearly trips to the central area... Mexico City to be precise. Being a metal-head, the folkloric music that I mentioned is not my everyday selection. Not at all. But that is what makes this yearly mental journey special: listening to all this brings memories from my past, which makes me what I am. A Mexican at heart, no more, no less. I do not say this with a pumped chest filled of patriotism, but rather as a description. This yearly piece reflects my personal heritage, the things that I lived and saw through my life. The things that make me identify myself as a another Mexican born and raised in Mexico: tortillas, Tin Tan, Chespirito, vochos, caguamas, queso fresco, jamaica and much more.
I am happy to finish yet another piece, another year. This particular year was marked by the memories of my late grandmother. She would be somewhat scared everytime she saw piece of my artwork, but I dedicate it to her anyway. Because, same as she did all my life, she would be freaked out by my creations, while at the same time being proud of me. She is indeed one of the memories that make me who I am, and which get carried through my artwork.
I hope you enjoy this piece, called: "Cariñitos errantes" (Traveling little loves). deviantART did not accept the "ñ" character, so I settled for "Carinitos errantes". Remember that this piece, along with many other pieces of my artwork, are available at my online store: www.mkt.com/popeyewong.com. Again, enjoy and thanks for reading this!