Who knew spending 8 years in prison would take Scar from tough street cholo to a Pinteresty, candy-rose maker. Scar learned how to make the flowers out of hard candy to send to his loved ones so they knew he was thinking of them. Awwwwwww, right?! Now you can melt the hearts of your friends too…
What You’ll Need:
•Hard Candy – Scar prefers Jolly Ranchers.
•Hot Water – You can place it in your mom’s Tupperware.
•Elote Stick – Be sure you save the sticks from the elotero.
•Ribbon – Scar likes collecting streamers from bautizos and quinceañeras.
•Sheets of Plastic – to wrap the rose.
•Cup – In prison, Scar used empty toilet paper rolls.
•Gloves – These came from those who worked in the maintenance departments.
Place the elote stick in the empty cup with the pointy part of the stick facing up.
In prison, Scar’s friends would save popsicle sticks to give to him.
Drop the candy in the hot water for a few minutes.
Be sure the water isn’t too hot. Scar recalls the first time he tasted a candy rose was when his cell-mate overheated the rose he was making. The petals were drooping and he handed it to Scar.
“I will never forget the first time I ate one. You have to remember no one makes them to eat. We make them to sell because they’re such a luxury. When I started licking it, it cheered me up so much. It made me forget I was in prison. I remember everyone in prison was staring at me because they couldn’t believe I was eating one. It cheered me up so much.”
Once the candy is soft, open the wrapper and press the candy until it’s flat.
The first time Scar made candy roses, he sent a bouquet out. He surprised his mom, baby mama, his kids, nieces and nephews with their own rose. Scar says he would sometimes give up his food to save money to buy the candy. For him, it was worth the sacrifices because he knew how unexpected and special these surprises were to his loved ones.
Wrap the candy around the stick. And repeat.
“I had to show my loved ones that even though I’m away, I care. It’s like giving someone a bouquet. You do it to try to show them you appreciate them.”
Take a green candy and layer it as the rose’s leaf.
“Everyone in prison does something different. Some make necklaces, other make furniture out of wooden sticks. There’s so much craft that goes on in prison. It’s like a Martha Stewart convention.”
At first glance, Mario “Scar” Ponce, the social media star and rising actor who rose to viral fame in mitú’s “Cholos Try” videos, might seem like an intimidating figure. Covered in tattoos, piercings, and a notable scar marking the left side of his face, he seems exactly the type of bad boy that your madre told you to stay away from. However, with Scar, there is more to him than meets the eye.
Although Scar got his big break because he looked like a tough-as-nails Cholo, he rose to popularity for precisely the opposite reason. From his first appearance on “Cholos Try,” viewers were drawn to Scar for his soft-spoken demeanor, his warm personality, and his quiet sense of humor. Pretty soon, he racked up an enviable internet fan base, with almost 90,000 followers on Instagram and over 10 million YouTube views of his short film, “Hermanos.” Now, you can see Scar in short films and indie movies where, this time, he played fictional characters. Recently, we had a chance to talk to Scar about his past, his tough exterior, and how his children keep him grounded.
Mitu (M): Tell us a little bit about your backstory. What kind of family did you grow up in?
Scar (S): I’m from the best hood ever, which is father-hood. I have two wonderful kids that motivate me to be a much better person each day. I have three sisters and two brothers. I’m proud to say that one of my brothers joined the Marines, and one of my sisters joined the Navy, while I joined the streets.
M: You’ve built your brand around being a Cholo, but you play up the comedy angle. What does being a cholo mean to you that is different than the Hollywood depiction of Cholos?
S: I didn’t build a brand around being a Cholo, I built a brand out of being myself. When it comes to playing a Cholo on set, I always bring 100 percent raw authenticity to the table–sometimes even more.
M: You’ve been candid about your previous life on the streets. When did you decide to change your lifestyle? How did you find the strength and determination to change?
S: I knew that I had to change my lifestyle way before I started appearing in videos. I changed my ways the day I became a parent. For once in my life, I found someone that needed me more than I needed them. But in reality, it’s my kids that saved my life.
M: You’ve admitted to having a “tough exterior” for people you don’t know very well. Why is that?
Courtesy of Scar
S: People will always get the wrong idea about me when they first see me, and I’m okay with that. My mom told me once: “If you weren’t my son and I saw you on the street, I’d be scared of you.” I don’t care if people judge me from my appearance anymore. Hey, normal-looking people scare me anyways.
M: How did you get into acting and performing on digital media?
S: I didn’t choose the set life, the set life chose me. I was at my 9-to-5 one day and my fellow co-worker showed me an ad on Craigslist. It read that they needed Cholos for a TV pilot. I got the gig and I actually enjoyed portraying myself on camera. I was a natural. Oddly enough, I got fired from my job that same week and that’s when I decided to pursue working in the film industry. I ended up being a cast member for “Cholos Try” and after that, it was a vegan-wrap (inside joke).
M: You’ve talked about how “Cholos Try” has changed your life from people being afraid of you to people wanting to be around you and take your picture. How has that changed the way you interact with people?
Courtesy of Scar
S: Everywhere I go, the fans always ask to take a picture with me. This has given me a whole different outlook on life. Before the videos, I always felt like I had to be the “bad guy” due to the way people would see me. But after the videos went viral, I realized that I can be a good person too and that felt much better. Even cops want to take pictures with me now–not all the time, but sometimes.
M: What is the most memorable “Cholos Try” video for you?
S: The most memorable “Cholos Try” episode for me was the one where I tried kombucha and kale chips. I was never open to trying out new foods, but ever since then, I’m always eager to taste something new. Just the experience of trying new flavors is like entering a whole new ‘hood–I mean–a whole new world.
M: Do you think Cholos are misunderstood in the media? How do you want them to be represented?
S: I don’t think that Cholos are misunderstood in the media. After all, Cholos didn’t exactly build a reputation by being so nice. The only thing that is missing in the media is the backstory of what happens before and after the gang life. When I’m on videos, all I want is for people to see the person behind the tattoos.
M: You’ve also talked before about how when you were younger, you saw gang members as role models, people to look up to. What would you tell young Latinos now who are feeling the same way?
Courtesy of Scar
S: When I was a kid in the early ’90s, I would notice the Cholos hanging out in the streets. To me, it was an intriguing sight to see. They would wear huge, creased-up pants and had shaved heads. My dad despised them, but I thought they were the coolest thing ever. I looked up to them– they seemed tough and respectful, something I wouldn’t mind being.
Now, I would tell Latino kids of today to create their own path and not follow in anyone’s footsteps. If I was growing up [now] and saw what Cholos are like, I would have never joined a gang.
M: Do you consider yourself a role-model? Why or why not? What does being a role model mean to you?
S: I’ve been told that I’m someone’s role model by quite a few people. I’m still trying to get used to hearing that, but it definitely motivates me to keep pushing forward. A role model to me is someone that leads by example. I’m proof of that. “Si se puede”!
M: The short film “Hermanos” has been a massive success with over 10 million views on Youtube. How did you get involved with “Hermanos”? What do you think about its success?
Courtesy of Scar
S: It’s almost as if I was destined to be in the film “Hermanos.” I helped bring this film to life alongside a young director, Timur Bootzin, and a great cast filled with family and friends. The success of the film “Hermanos” doesn’t necessarily come from the 10 million views on YouTube, if the film helped save at least one life then that’s all the success we need.
M: What are some Latino performers you look up to?
S: In all honesty, I only look up to myself now.
M: What exciting things do you have planned for your next career move and your future as an influencer?
S: I’m always working on new and exciting projects, but I prefer to let my work speak for itself. Besides, real Cholos move in silence. Stay posted!
Last month, Toy Story 4 hit theaters. The latest installment in Pixar’s flagship movie franchise features Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the familiar Toy Story characters we’re used to seeing.
Yet Toy Story 4 introduced a new, unexpected toy to love: Forky. Far from the average anthropomorphic store-bought personalities, Forky is a handmade creation and, importantly, the product of a child’s ingenuity.
In fact, Forky is barely a toy at all: He’s a plastic spork adorned with a pipe cleaner, googly eyes, bits of clay, and a broken popsicle stick. All of his parts are literally taken from the trash by Woody and then put together by a kindergartener named Bonnie.
But what Forky is, and has become in the wake of Toy Story 4’s release, is the star of Toy Story 4.
He’s such a star that people around the world are trying to recreate him at home on their own.
Of course, fancy toys are cool and all, but many parents know that sometimes kids often gravitate toward simpler items.
Since Forky is basically just a plastic spork with pipe cleaner arms and googly eyes stuck on him, he’s actually been pretty easy to recreate. Even before “Toy Story 4” was officially in theaters, the animated utensil was winning over hearts and minds, so it’s not too surprising that plenty of homemade Forkys are popping up across social media.
People are legit connecting with this plastic food utensil on a whole other level.
Maybe this is getting too real…?
Toy stores are getting in on the action too.
Like this Mexican toy store chain that is selling a “Make your own Forky kit” that comes with everything you need a Ziploc plastic bag.
And this movie theatre in Sonora is hosting an event that sounds like an amazing idea.
Translation: Families! Don’t miss the Toy Story marathon tomorrow where you could make your own #Forky
Seriously, this is something I want to go to!
Even Disney itself has come out with a $20 “Make Your Own Forky” kit.
I mean really Disney, was this necessary?
And people don’t seem all that happy about it…
Although a lot of people are mad at Disney for trying to make even more money off an item they themselves depict as literal trash, we can’t say we’re surprised.
For those who wanna try and make their own Forky at home, this Twitter user has you covered.
Steps to make your own Forky:
Buy your own personal kit to assemble it.
But some of the best tweets are from people who’ve already made their own versions.
I mean these look nearly identical to the original Forky…minus the all the blue. But those facial expressions…pure Forky.
Some people out there are getting extra creative with their Forky creations.
But this is one I know I’m totally gonna have a good night out with. Salud!