Culture

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

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

A video posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


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.

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


Out. Of. Salt!

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

La Sirena #loteria #sandart #lasirena #robtheoriginal

A video posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


…and this Jenni Rivera homage.

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

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


Dayum.

JuanGa salt portrait? Obvi!

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

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


*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

A video posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


Seriously… How. Does. He. Do. It.

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

A video posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


Ferrel has taken his artistry to the world of barbering.

Cantinflas #robtheoriginal #cantinflas

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


“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

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


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

#fridakahlo Oreo ? #robtheoriginal #oreo #oreoart

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


????

Ferrel has been cutting hair for basically his whole life.

#cheechandchong #upinsmoke #robtheoriginal

A video posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


“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

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


And this Tapatío man made with Tapatío.

Tapatio #HotsauceArt #robtheoriginal #tapatio

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


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

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


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

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


“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

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


????

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

?SELENA?? #saltart #selenaquintanilla #robtheoriginal

A video posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on


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


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

Share this story with all of your friends by tapping that little share button below!

This Coronavirus-Themed Lotería Is The Perfect Kind Of Humor I Needed Right Now And It’s Even Available To Buy

Culture

This Coronavirus-Themed Lotería Is The Perfect Kind Of Humor I Needed Right Now And It’s Even Available To Buy

PINCHE_RAF_ART / Instagram

Coronavirus. Covid-19. Pandemic. Social-distancing. This is all the news we hear these days and as important as it is to stay up to date on what’s happening with the virus and how to stay safe and healthy, forgive me if I don’t want a tiny break from all the seriousness.

So, you can imagine my delight when I was scrolling my Twitter feed and saw tweet after tweet about a Coronavirus-themed lotería. La lotería is a tradition soooo many of us grew up playing so it’s interesting to see it get a 2020 interpretation.

Could this be real? What could the cards for el mano or la botella look like in this Covid-19 reality we’re currently living in? I had to find out.

So I sat down with an artist who’s created his own Coronavirus-themed lotería set to find out more about his inspiration.

Credit: PINCHE_RAF_ART / Instagram

Artist Rafael Gonzales Jr. (on Instagram as @PINCHE_RAF_ART) has created a series of incredibly unique lotería cards that can really thank the current Coronavirus pandemic for their existence: from face masks and hand sanitizer to toilet paper roll, these cards are emblematic of the times we’re living in.

The modern take on the traditional game is called ‘Pandemia Lotería’ and each card (he’s made 31 so far) features a name and image inspired by our new normal of social-distancing, self-isolation, extreme hand-washing, and even the stimulus checks.

What message were you hoping to send about the Coronavirus and our current climate by creating these new cards?

“You know originally this was a very selfish endeavor. I needed a creative outlet for the new experiences we are all going through. It became a project that helped me to connect to others through humor and a childhood game.  Now, I think my message has become one of bringing a lightness to the heaviness of the pandemic. It is a serious global problem, but laughing at our shared experiences is what being human is all about.”

Have you created new interpretations of all 54 cards – or if not, do you plan to create all 54?

Credit: PINCHE_RAF_ART / Instagram

“I have about 31 cards completed and 2 additional specialty cards that won’t be in the game I am putting out soon. My plan for the project is to get as many cards in an art print as possible. I have been a little sidetracked creatively with some of the business side of launching an e-commerce [site] for the game. It has been a whirlwind, but people have responded really well to the cards and my goal from the onset of all this was to try and paint the situation in a light form. To sort of change the heaviness of the news cycle and remind people that better days are coming and those better days often include a game of lotería.”

Are there specific reasons you chose these images to illustrate these titles or what’s your thinking behind them?

Credit: PINCHE_RAF_ART / Instagram

“Visually la Chalupa seems so sincere and serene. I feel it is one of the more complex original illustrations of lotería, so I thought it would be a humorous twist to associate her with fake news and the dolphins in the canals of Venice that were virally shared. The quaran15 was a simple, self-deprecating joke that ran through my head after my wife started to bake more. From banana bread to cookies, I knew I was putting on weight and gonna be built like a barril after all this. I used to see my grandmother’s use Armour manteca all the time to make tortillas and so the coloring became a play on that.”

Are you taking any suggestions? I know people who would love to see Susana Distancia and Los Amuletos (thanks, AMLO!)

“I’ve received a ton of suggestions and I think it has been great. I think part of the reason the cards have been popular is because they are relatable. I sometimes sit with a suggestion and see if it is something I can put my own twist on, while also staying true to my own vision for the project. Some ideas I don’t think I can do justice to or put in the right context so that is why I haven’t taken them on.”

Will it be possible to purchase these loteria cards? Or if it’s already possible, can you point our readers in the right direction?

“The game itself will be printed in a few weeks. Preorders went on April 23 and people can reserve theirs here and other merch like t-shirts can be found on my online store.”

And Rafael isn’t the only one getting in on the game – even Mexico City has its own Coronavirus-themed lotería game.

Credit: @dondeir / Twitter

Like so many other cities around the world, Mexico City is still under a strict stay-at-home order to help flatten the curve. With so many people stuck at home, what’s better than playing a game of an old favorite but with a relevant twist? And as the game’s creators point out – while being reminded of the measures we should all be taking to combat this pandemic.

The Coronavirus Lotería is available as a download to use as a background, you can share it on social media, or you can even play remotely with friends.

And last December, Google commemorated the game with its very own Google Doodle.

Credit: Google

Last December, Google had an online version of the game that replaced some cards for modern talks. The El ApacheEl borrachoEl diablitoEl gorritoLa muerteEl negritoEl soldado, and El valiente cards were replaced with El ajolote (“the axolotl“), El buscador, La conchaEl eloteEl emojiEl gorroEl guacamole, and El xoloitzcuintle (or the Mexican hairless dog.)

‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

Things That Matter

‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

mitú / dorainwoodmusic / Instagram

Side hustles aren’t just limited to freelance writing gigs. There is a vast world of side hustles that can make people a lot of money. Some of them involve art, modeling, and unusual rentals that people would need. That is what the second episode of mitú original series “Side Hustle” is all about.

“That’s not art. That’s you being nude.”

Dorian Wood and Tatyana are young Latinos trying to make it in this wild world in which we live. While some people rely on a regular 9-5 job to make everything work, these two people found a way to take something they like to do and make it profitable.

Wood is using his body to make money and a name for himself with a global audience. His art is something that some people just don’t understand but he is beloved in the art world for his performance art. His nude body is the subject of his work and he has been featured in art shows around the world.

Tatyana is a college student working her way through college like so many others. However, she is taking a different route to pay for her college courses instead of working a retail job. What she has to offer is friendship and it’s paying off.

Wood might be celebrated for his art but his mom has some thoughts.

“I did a show in Madrid and this artist comes up to me after the show and offers to do a mural of me so I just said, ‘Okay. What have I got to lose?’ A few months later he sends me this video of him putting the finishing touches on a four-story mural in Segovia in Spain of me completely naked and my jaw just dropped,” Wood tells co-host David Alvarez. “‘El Gordo’ is what they called the mural. It somehow just triggered something in me. I was like, ‘Oh. Okay. What if I tried art modeling?'”

Wood admits that his friends and family are a little confused by his work. He adds: “They think I’m insane. My mother sees me posing nude and doing nude performance art and she’ll tell me in Spanish like, ‘You know. That’s not art. That’s you being nude.'”

Tatyana loves to make friends and now that makes her some money.

“This is just a way for me to pay for classes,” Tatyana explains to co-host Sahsa Merci. “There was a list of 100 things you could do to make side money and I checked a bunch of them out. The Rent-A-Friend seemed like something I could be good at. So, I started it and I really liked how it was.”

Tatyana says that “it was definitely a little too delicate to talk about at first.” She added. “They know that I enjoy making new friends so for me to get some benefit out of it, also financial help for my school, they were happy about that.”

READ: Cuddling And Wrestling Are Just Two Ways To Make Money On The Side