Eastside Gold Line Safety signs in local lingo

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I noticed that MTA has placed Gold Line train warning and safety signs around the Eastside train route. Many of these signs are in Spanish and seem to address the local lingo seemingly in an attempt to reach as many locals as possible with their message. Here are a few sample signs I’ve seen…



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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

54 thoughts on “Eastside Gold Line Safety signs in local lingo

  1. Al, all I can say is, I think you just titled your auto-bio, if you ever write one. “Wacha por el train, ese! The Al (Desmadre) Story.” I nearly died laughing when my girlfriend told me about your signs, even funnier to see myself. Don’t stop, man!

  2. Okay, we all know you want to poke fun at Metro but if you want to do it right, be a bit more creative …

    1) Photoshop in the wording to one of their actual signs;

    2) Use Metro’s correct logo. They haven’t used that one for years LOL!


  3. H.D.

    The logo in the above visual parodies IS the correct logo. It is the ScalaSans typeface. I have satirized it thousands of times over the last few years, in print and on-line.

    As for the creative part of the signs, Al did just fine.

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