Can you tell me about your experience being a Dreamer?
It’s interesting cuz they don’t want us here, but you can’t go back to Mexico. I mean, you can go back, but you can’t cross back. That’s the whole deal. It’s cool cuz it gave me an opportunity to get a job and a Social Security Number and all that, so I’m grateful for that.
It’s like being in limbo. You don’t know if you’re going to get kicked out or what’s going to happen next. I also have a lot of friends who are Dreamers as well. Seeing them being affected [while] having jobs and lives, like them trying to get their credit up as well – seeing that, it’s a big stress. It’s really stressful, honestly, especially when you’re getting near to the renewal. And then the next year, it might not be there, so it’s like you’re saving up to renew. So there’s that as well…
How did your art style translate within this issue and Valley culture (specifically with the dog in the luchador mask)?
[I grew up] seeing Lucha Libre, and now it’s coming [back around], so I like seeing more of the luchador kind of style. [My partner and I] were at Labyrinth, and we heard a bunch of commotion outside, we saw a ring with just a bunch of luchadores there, and were like, “Woah! That’s so sick!” But yeah, the dog is a chihuahua. I want a chihuahua, I always see a chihuahua running down the street, and those [dogs] last.so I feel like chihuahuas…luchador, like that would last forever! Y’all gave me the whole ‘Ponte Trucha, Sigue La Lucha,’ and that goes with the whole Dream Act, too.