He Didn’t Have Money For Haircuts, So He Mastered How To Create These Masterpieces With Hair

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Rob Ferrel is a San Antonio-based artist that is giving his art a special twist. Canvas? Too basic. This artist is taking to food, scalps and condiments to create stunning portraits of some of the world’s biggest and best stars.

San Antonio artist Rob Ferrel is making celebrity portraits on unexpected canvases, like tortillas.

#tortillaArt #robtheoriginal

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His incredible art has landed him as a guest artist on “The Queen Latifah Show,” “ESPN’s SportsCenter” and “El Gordo Y La Flaca.”

And a lot of his art honors Mexico’s greatest stars including Lupita Infante.

@lupitaluinfante Sand Art.

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Out. Of. Salt!

He also uses colored sand to make stunning replications of Lotería cards…

La Sirena #loteria #sandart #lasirena #robtheoriginal

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…and this Jenni Rivera homage.

Finished!!! #SandArt ? Rip?? Jenni Rivera #jennirivera #legend #mexicana #mexico #robtheoriginal #cultura

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JuanGa salt portrait? Obvi!

#ripjuangabriel ?? #juangabriel #saltArt #saltportrait #robtheoriginal

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*cries because I can’t draw a straight line*

Ferrel’s Instagram is full of his artworks and videos showing the process.

?? #ripjuangabriel #saltportrait #saltArt #robtheoriginal

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Seriously… How. Does. He. Do. It.

Saludos a mi familia en Mexico y descansa en Paz Apa! ?? #ManuelSFerrel #robtheoriginal #chalinosanchez

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Ferrel has taken his artistry to the world of barbering.

Cantinflas #robtheoriginal #cantinflas

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“I wanted to stand out and do something different,” Ferrel told My San Antonio about his haircut portraits.

He totally nailed this Frida Khalo haircut.

#fridakahlo ? by @kickback.ent

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He even carved her portrait onto this Halloween Oreo’s cream filling.

#fridakahlo Oreo ? #robtheoriginal #oreo #oreoart

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Ferrel has been cutting hair for basically his whole life.

#cheechandchong #upinsmoke #robtheoriginal

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“I grew up in a big family and didn’t have an allowance or anything like that so I was always cutting my own hair, cutting my brother’s hair,” Ferrel told ESPN FC. “I was always drawing, too, when I was a kid. Art is my passion so I’ve just combined the two.”

There seems to be nothing he can’t turn into art. Just look at this avocado Yoda.

Avocado Yoda #robtheoriginal #starwars #yoda #avocadoArt

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And this Tapatío man made with Tapatío.

Tapatio #HotsauceArt #robtheoriginal #tapatio

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So meta, dude.

And, yes, he did take his time to offer the world a political look into his mind.

Which one for president? ?? #hillaryclinton #donaldtrump #robtheoriginal

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That Donald Trump, poopy diaper portrait is savage. ?

His artwork has been praised by the celebs he recreates and his designs have attracted numerous fans.

@fluffyguy #fluffybreakseven #robtheoriginal #fluffy

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“I’ve had people fly in across the county to come and get a design,” Ferrel told San Antonio Express News. “This one client came from another state to get a portrait of his brother for his funeral, and he flew back to India, and he was supposed to wear it in India.”

He’s even given Jesus a special shoutout.

Add this one to the classic book! ?? #saltArt #robtheoriginal #salt #jesus #christ #cristo #blessed #bendito

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But none of his artwork compares to this spectacular portrait of La Reina.

?SELENA?? #saltart #selenaquintanilla #robtheoriginal

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*checks bank account and tries to negotiate for a portrait*

READ: Julio Salgado Is Making Art With A Mission: Brown Love

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This Latina Was Harassed By Her Trump Supporting Co-Workers, Now She's Suing


This Latina Was Harassed By Her Trump Supporting Co-Workers, Now She’s Suing


Iowa, a state named after Native Americans, has just produced one of the more troubling stories to come out of the national cancer known as the “Trump Effect.” Thirty-two year old mother of one, Alexandra Avila, has filed a suit against her former employer — Sedgwick Claims Management Services — alleging that she was the victim of racially motivated harassment from her co-workers. According to the Washington Post, Alexandra’s coworkers bullied her over a period of several months, using the kind of anti-immigrant rhetoric Donald Trump has promoted during his run for the presidency.

Though Alexandra isn’t an immigrant, that didn’t stop her co-workers from ridiculing her.

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The list of harassment Alexandra allegedly faced at the hands of her coworkers is infuriating.


According to the lawsuit, Alexandra’s troubles began shortly after she expressed anger over Trump’s “rapists and criminals” remark. In the months following, her coworkers basically did everything they could to demean and belittle her, the lawsuit claims. She was called “illegal immigrant,” even though she was born in the U.S. The screensaver photo of her daughter was replaced with a photo of Trump, and when she switched it back, her coworkers just did it again and again. She was signed up for Trump’s newsletters.

Alexandra’s coworkers sent her offensive memes like this and the one above.


When Alex complained to higher-ups, the company accused her of falsifying her timecards. Eventually she was fired, but that didn’t stop her coworkers from continuing their harassment. She received a Facebook invite to a Trump rally, allegedly sent by a former coworker. And a box of her belongings — which she had left at work — arrived in the mail with this message inside: “Illegal immigrants can’t vote or work. Good luck finding a job.”

So far Alexandra’s former employer, Sedgwick, has declined to comment.

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Though her former employer has not released a statement, Alexandra’s lawyer, Paige Fiedler told the Washington Post:

“It’s been a weird political season where one candidate is taking public stances on things that, if the same words were said in the workplace, might constitute violations of our civil rights laws. His candidacy has emboldened some people to feel like that doesn’t violate social norms anymore.”

Alexandra’s harassment isn’t rare, sadly. The #TrumpEffect reveals how frightened people are of this movement towards racism masquerading as the cure to political correctness.



Every day, people post tweets like these, highlighting the devastating effects of the #TrumpEffect.


The roots of the “Trump Effect” have found fertile soil in the hearts of impressionable bullies emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric, making harassment like the kind Alexandra allegedly faced increasingly common. And though many people claim that immigration isn’t a problem if it’s done legally, for the most part, people who are willing to hurl slurs in the street don’t care about the nuances of legal immigration. These people see brown skin the way a bull sees red. And legal immigrants often find themselves in the crosshairs of hateful people who are only capable of quoting bumper stickers and posting glib comments on message boards that undermine real conversations about the topic at hand. This kind of hate isn’t immigration’s fault, and it wasn’t Alexandra’s.

READ: Racist Old Man Demands To See Construction Workers’ Papers

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