About AlDesmadre

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: alguerrero@earthlink.net Al Guerrero P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697 www.alguerrero.com Myspace.com/thepuppetsfromhell

ALARMA! Crimes Against Nature

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This morning I shuffled out of the house in my chànclas to bring in the morning newspaper and to bring a bite of breakfast to my favorite pet squirrel, Frank. As I bent to grab the paper, I happened to glance down on the sidewalk where I discovered a ghastly sight that filled me with disgust and horror…

WARNING! WARNING! The following images depict extreme carnage and gore of the: “ALARMA!” magazine kind. If any readers are prone to àsco and revulsion at such sights, STOP NOW! PLEASE DO NOT CLICK TO CONTINUE WITH THE REST OF THIS POST! You have been warned! proceed at your own risk…….ahi de ti!!………. Continue reading

Calle Caruso: A Developers Dream

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While browsing today’s LA Times, I came across Patt Morrison’s OP-ED interview with developer/mogul and aspiring civic leader; RICK J. CARUSO. That same city-within-a-city retail & housing developer who has brought our region his vision of artificial environments with projects such as THE GROVE, and THE AMERICANA AT BRAND among others. So, now it seems he has his developer sights pointed Eastward,…here is a quote from the Señor Caruso’s interview from today’s LA Times……

“Would you ever build something like the Grove in South L.A.?

I would love to. I would love to build something in East L.A. You’ve got to build something successful or you’re not doing a favor to that community. We’ve looked; we haven’t found the right opportunity, but I would love to do it, absolutely.

What’s necessary to make that a success?

You’ve got to buy the land at the right price. You’ve got to get the right entitlements. The right retailers to serve that community. You’ve got to get enough customers to use it, spend money, support the rents, A lot of very low to moderate income areas really thrive. I think if conceived right it can be done. East L.A., Boyle Heights, I just haven’t found the right areas. ”

Wow…so are we looking forward to, as Dorit suggested,  “THE MEXICANA ON CHAVEZ”?,

An Unnatural Obsession…?

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I recently observed this vehicle ad in Santa Monica and I became flushed….

Ok, is it just me? or does it seem like people on the Westside have a way deeper preoccupation with their scatological functions?

Living in the Eastside, I never once came across any signs that this colonics cottage industry (I vaguely remember hearing the word “LAVATIVA” once in Spanish) existed to the degree that  I see it here in the West of L.A. It’s like an accepted part of everyday life it seems….people here budget their colonics along with their cable and cell phone bills.

Has this stuff ever been medically proven to work the wonders it promises? Does anybody from the Barrio get into this? I need to know the answers….

by the way,….eeewww.

My 10 Favorite Songs About Drinking

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I’m not much of drinker but that doesn’t mean I can’t apreciate the entertaining aspects of drinking culture. Musical odes to drinking are some of my favorite kinds of tunes and I’ve included a few of my favorites songs about drinking right here. Cheers!

  1. I Ain’t Drunk, I’m Just Drinkin’- by Jimmy Liggins
  2. Beer For Breakfast- by The Replacements [audio:http://laeastside.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/beer-for-breakfast.mp3]
  3. En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza- by Flaco Jimenez [audio:http://laeastside.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/15-en-el-cielo-no-hay-cerveza-in-heaven-there-is-no-beer.mp3]
  4. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer..- by Johnny Lee Hooker [audio:http://laeastside.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/johnny-lee-hooker-one-bourbon-one-scotch-one-beer.mp3]
  5. There’s A Tear In My Beer- by Hank Williams Jr. and Sr.[audio:http://laeastside.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/theres-a-tear-in-my-beer.mp3]
  6. Whiskey, Gin and Wine- by Joe Liggins [audio:http://laeastside.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/14-whiskey-gin-wine.mp3]
  7. Have A Beer With Fear- by Fear [audio:http://laeastside.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/06-have-a-beer-with-fear.mp3]
  8. Too Drunk To Fuck- by Dead Kennedys [audio:http://laeastside.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/02-too-drunk-to-fuck.mp3]
  9. I’m Home Getting Hammered While She’s Out Getting Nailed- by Banjo & Sullivan [audio:http://laeastside.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/14-im-at-home-getting-hammered-while-shes-out-getting-nailed.mp3]
  10. What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)- by Jerry Lee Lewis [audio:http://laeastside.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/01-what-made-milwaukee-famous.mp3]