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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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Dayum.

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 Guy Crying To Juan Gabriel’s ‘Hasta Que Te Conocí’ Is Giving Us So Many Emotions

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This Guy Crying To Juan Gabriel’s ‘Hasta Que Te Conocí’ Is Giving Us So Many Emotions

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When Juan Gabriel died in 2016, to say that we were devastated is an understatement. The Latino community, all of Mexico and Latin America, and fans from all over the world were in complete ruins when news broke that our beloved JuanGa had died. It felt unreal then and it feels unreal now, which is probably why people are still trying to revive him. There’s a definite void in our lives now that this icon is gone, but one thing that no one can take from us is his music. His words, his music, his melodies, are very much alive and well and they still bring up a ton of emotions, and sometimes it’s still a surprise that his music will hit us like a ton of bricks. Here’s proof. 

This video of a guy at a Mexican restaurant crying and singing along to Juan Gabriel’s “Hasta Que Te Conocí” is the cutest and saddest thing ever!

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The video, which is probably old AF, made the rounds on Twitter recently and we couldn’t help but sympathize with this guy. 

The video starts off pretty chill because he looks so happy.

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The guy, who is a mystery to us, looks to be eating at a Mexican restaurant (because who else would play Juan Gabriel in an establishment). He at first looks so happy to be hearing this one song, but he quickly changes once he starts singing the words. 

And then BAM, he is sucked into a sea of sadness by this love song, which is one of Juan Gabriel’s best, by the way. 

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We can’t understand what is making him so sad at that point. It could be a former love? A beloved friend? Perhaps the song is reminding him of his parents or a family member! We just can’t tell but the lyrics themselves are heartbreaking. Here’s the portion that this dude is singing along too.

Hasta que te conocí
Vi la vida con dolor
No te miento fui feliz 
Aunque con muy poco amor
Y muy tarde comprendí
Que no te debía amar
Porque ahora pienso en ti 
Más que ayer, mucho más.

Touching words right??

His tears and emotional distress is so intoxicating because people around him can’t seem to stop recording him. 

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He’s got like his own paparazzi following him around, recording every single movement, and tear. It’s nuts, but also thank you for this video

What makes this short video so amazing is that we are witnessing a snippet of emotions that go from utter happiness, to complete heartbreak, and back to high spirits in less than a minute. 

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We love that homeboy is back to singing along and smiling by the end of the video because we don’t think we could handle any more tears. We would have started a GoFundme account or something to save him from his sadness. But we honestly give up, why do you think this song made him so sad? Maybe we’ll never find out but this video has got us thinking.

Which other Juan Gabriel love songs makes you emotional?

We have to pick “Amor Eterno” as the ultimate sad song. 

“Yo No Naci Para Amar”  

Boy, this hurts like a mofo. 

Y la soledad
Cada vez más triste
Y más oscura yo viví
Y a esa edad
Todos preguntaban los motivos
Yo solía siempre decir
Yo no nací para amar
Nadie nació para mí
Tan solo fui

Go ahead, go get some tissue. 

“Gracias Al Amor”

In this live version, JuanGa is crying too! So don’t feel so bad about letting it out. Now is the time. 

People on social media will have so many feelings about JuanGa now and forever.

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There’s no reason in trying to hide how we really feel. 

Feelings for JuanGa is genderless. It’s a human emotion.

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Never give a hard time to anyone crying over Juan Gabriel. 

This lady doesn’t know if it’s the chilaquiles that is making her cry or the Juan Gabriel song. 

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It’s probably a combination of both, to be honest. 

Of course, even in the worse moments that we face, Juan Gabriel provides comfort even if it hurts like hell. 

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He is with us always no matter what. 

READ: People On Twitter Can’t Handle Juan Gabriel’s Death…And We Totally Relate

A New Selena Album Will Soon Be Released But This One Is Made Just For Babies

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A New Selena Album Will Soon Be Released But This One Is Made Just For Babies

Since the death of Selena Quintanilla in 1995, new generations of people have come to know of her in the various ways others have celebrated her. Some may have discovered Selena through the 1997 film starring the incomparable Jennifer Lopez or by attending the Fiest de la Flor festival. Perpahs even newbie fans discovered Selena recently through the special collection created in her honor by Forever 21. Well, in the coming months, there’s going to be another wave of Selena projects that will surely get the next generation of  Selena fans doing the washing machine dance in no time because there’s also no age limit to Selena fans either. 

They come in all sizes — even little tiny ones because it’s never too early to become a Selena fan. 

A new album of Selena classics is set to be released all in the form of lullabies. 

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The Rockabye Baby! label has released lullaby renditions of Bob Marley, The Beatles, Coldplay, Adele, and now Selena is next! The label takes the music parents love and transforms it into soothing instrumental lullabies. So instead of guitars and drums, the label uses xylophones and bells. They’re actually really beautiful and relaxing songs that are great for adults too! So how did Rockabye Baby! convert Selena cumbias and rancheras into sleepytime music?

With the passionate sounds of her popular music transformed into soothing, beautiful instrumentals, using woodblocks, glockenspiels, xylophone and more, your baby is sure to fall asleep snuggled by the soft melodies of one of the greatest Latin artists of all time. As you gaze at your sleeping angel, your heart will melt con tanto amo,” Rockabye Baby! said in a released statement.

The album, titled “Lullaby Renditions of Selena” drops on Sept. 20, and includes 12 Selena classic songs. 

Here’s a sample below. 

Here’s the entire tracklist: 

  1. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
  2. Como La Flor
  3. Baila Esta Cumbia
  4. Amor Prohibido
  5. La Carcacha
  6. El Chico Del Apartmento 512
  7. Si Una Vez
  8. No Me Queda Más
  9. Fotos y Recuerdos
  10. Tứ, Solo Tứ
  11. I Could Fall in Love
  12. Dreaming of You

This isn’t the first time Rockabye Baby! has released a Spanish-language album. Earlier this year, they also released lullaby renditions of songs by Juanes.

Their award-winning rock lullaby series consists of more than 90 releases to date, and more than 1.8 million CDs sold and over 567 million streams. The albums are available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify, and other music streaming services. 

We’re certain this album is going to be a hit with most parents (and kids), especially because this Selena children’s book was a best-seller last year.

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Last year, the creators of Lil’ Libros released The Life of/La Vida de Selena and the book was an instant hit on Amazon.

“This is our way of saying thank you, Selena. Thank you for your music, energy, and love. The love you had for us – your community. But most importantly thank you for allowing us to dream just like you did. This is how we can thank you,” creators of Lil’ Libros’ said on Instagram after the release of their book. “By never forgetting you; by sharing your smile, music, and life with our children. By reminding them that you were us. That you loved and sang in two languages. That wherever you went you were proud of who you were and where you came from. By keeping you part of our family just like our parents did when you were here. This is for you. Thank you.”

It’s been well-proven that babies and children need music stimulation to strengthen cognitive and sensory development, and also grow a healthy sense of self.

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There’s a reason why parents play music to their babies even before their born, and not just so they can listen to some cool tunes. It’s actually to help them grow and develop in a healthy way. 

A 2016 study conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, their results showed that a “series of play sessions with music improved 9-month-old babies’ brain processing of both music and new speech sounds.”

Music simply helps with babies cognitive skills, which means it is up to the adults to nurture these artist forms of development. Without music, a child’s growth could be hindered dramatically and cause irreversible damage. 

How can we be truly sure that babies will love Selena as much as we do?

It’s been certified and tested at least by one Twitter user. We can’t wait for this album!

READ: Ali Wong Is Teaching Her Daughter Spanish And Listening To Her Baby Say ‘Feliz’ Will Bring Your Heart So Much Joy

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