Strange Fruit

Homeless Camp seen on Myra Ave. from Sunset Boulevard Bridge, Silver Lake.

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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

7 thoughts on “Strange Fruit

  1. i used to think that silver lake was an ok area, and i guess it is, but i never thought it was so dirty. I work in the area and sometimes i go for a walk during lunch and i always see things like in the pictures above.

  2. It’s funny because just on the other side of the bridge, literally about 100ft. away, a developer recently built some brand new “Luxury Artists Lofts”.
    (click on the ‘neighborhood’ tab to read their ultra pretentious spiel!)
    When they first opened last year, the units were going for upwards of 750G.
    I see now that they advertise them starting at $500,000.
    Wow. I am constantly noticing so many social parallels around here to the background story in the 1937 film “DEAD END”. I urge anyone reading this who has not seen it to watch it sometime (add it to your Netflix). I recommend this great movie. And you’ll see what I’m talking about.

  3. Lucinda,
    Your comment brought back a bad memory from my Rock & Roll past.
    One night, I’m standing on the sidewalk, looking up towards my second floor apartment window where I’m being yelled at at length. My girlfriend’s angry head was sticking out into the sky and hot accusations were flying from her twisted red lips. In the next horrible instant, I watched as she launched my gleaming Les Paul guitar on it’s final flight to oblivion. As it shattered into many painful pieces on that cold pavement, I remember thinking; “Shit, I just tuned it.”
    That brief vacuum of silence and pain was then broken by her terse words:
    “Play THAT for your Whore!”

  4. Oddly as I post this my anti-spam word is hipster…yes Hector it does look like an art installation, it’s funny what you can get funded for and published if you have the right degree and connections, but actually it probably is more funny what you can’t get published or funded if you don’t have connections, unless it happens to be your month.

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