La Crisis: When Life Gives You Limones….

I love it when the human spirit finds creative and alternative means to an end in the midst of adversity. When times get tough, people will react in different ways. Some, not so pretty. Some, downright inspired.

Here’s two stories I just had to share……

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Al Guerrero, Artist/Humorist. Los Angeles, CA. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles from the age of two, Al Guerrero grew up just steps from the famous Chicano strip, Whittier Boulevard. His youth experiences include witnessing and participating in the 1970 Chicano Power demonstrations, cruising cars on Whittier Boulevard, and graduating from Garfield High School. After dropping out of UCLA (with honors), he drew upon his lifelong passion for art and cartooning and pursued a career in graphic arts. During this period, he traveled overseas and found artistic inspiration from the masterworks he discovered within the European Art Museums. His career blossomed when he was eventually hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1995, where he worked as a creative artist for a number of years. Although the artistic work was rewarding, he eventually grew weary & disillusioned with the bureaucracy of the entertainment business, and left to work briefly in the educational field. His credits include producing a feature film with actor, Conrad Brooks of Ed Wood fame, founding and performing with the Punk Rock group “The Psychocats” at numerous L.A. & Hollywood venues during the 1990’s, and in 1999 he founded and created a hell-bent puppet cabaret show aptly named: “The Puppets from Hell”. As a long time active member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, Al “Quaeda”, as he was known, was involved in countless Cacophony Society pranks and events throughout the city. He also produced the “Incredibly Strange Cinema” cult film series as well as themed events such as the now infamous “Pornothon Movie Nights” and the satirical “Mexican Night: Noche De Tequila & Putas” shows at local nightclub venues. Throughout his art career, he has exhibited his canvas paintings at various local galleries, and has also written & illustrated numerous comic strips and Graphic Novel stories. Today, he lives in Silver Lake, California and works as a freelance artist and writer with numerous multi-media projects under his belt and in the works. His personal hobbies include collecting vintage toys and comic books, cinema history and Los Angeles City history. Contact: Al Guerrero P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697

4 thoughts on “La Crisis: When Life Gives You Limones….

  1. The second story reminds me of the movie Suburbia.

    The first story, Max rocks!! We need a Max out here. And I loved the picture of the earth mama. I was just listening to a NPR podcast today on Bob Marley. And Rita his wife was talking about his song burning and looting which was really symbolically talking about the people taking control of our life and not let people be homeless and poor and starving when we have plenty. We have plenty of houses right now. We have a house right now for every homeless person. We need to fill up these empty places with people on the street.


  2. I love the idea of helping people squat empty homes, now is the time for that sort of activity. I was once a squatter even though I paid my rent to a shady real estate shop in HLP, only until the Law came to kick us out did I realize that we were paying to squat.

  3. Yeah- the Recession in the 70’s had an impact on developing that scene and others (Punk). That’s one good thing about periods of economic depression, they spawn some really great grassroots movements, resourcefulness and creativity from the real people (the ones who don’t see the need to have loads of money to accomplish things).

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