heyy folks. i’m here, looking for day jobs during the day, cutting up black and white copies of celestial maps for the new zine by night, working on cover letters as i apply for guidebook gigs, watching my old copy of brother to brother on vhs (truly horrible audio, but i recommend this movie to all QPOC* artists!) and lamenting the end of 5pointz. New York is truly over for me, and any connection I might’ve had with my hometown can only exist in memory. lame.
in other news, i just put up a new “Work With Me” page over here for prospective clients, collaborators and anyone with a comment. get in touch! while i work on all this stuff at once, please support by simply liking the facebook page, following the tumblr page or ordering a zine. have good weekends! hope that condos don’t replace good art in your neighborhoods.
it’s been forever! or at least around two months since i’ve written here. in the meantimes i had surgery, moved to new york from ecuador after a year of living there and watched my money troubles worsen. had to take a break from writing while my shoulder recuperated and tried to adapt to living in the states again. it’s been weird.
but it’s a good time to work on my zine (everywhere all the time twooo) and hopefully have it out by next week. it’ll be 32 pages, quarter-sized, black and white and typewritten (and available on etsy at my shop, where you could order issue one for $2 & free shipping). i’ll scan copies while it’s in progress and post them here, on facebook and the tumblr page along with photos and stories from the zine and probably some scans of the first issue. this one will be legible though!
yo! i’ve been so busy recovering from shoulder surgery, getting locked out of my facebook account, moving back to new york from quito with 3 suitcases, a cat, one working arm and no money – alone – , and catching a violent case of food poisoning as soon as i landed! great, huh? also, also, also, there’s TWO DAYS LEFT to submit to my travel zine anthology for stories from latin america, which will be made available online and in print, in spanish and english, all over da world. SO SUBMIT. i’m looking for:
stories about traveling in latin america
travel-related art – DRAWINGS, photos, photos of graff/street art around the world
travel ephemera – train/plane/bus tickets, maps, handwritten maps, flyers, magic stuff you bought back from the road
from folks who are:
consider yourself among the latinx/chicanx diaspora
come from a spanish-speaking country, directly or 2nd, 3rd generations, lo que sea!
historias sobre viajes en latinoamérica
dibujos, fotos, fotos de graffiti / arte de la calle o cualquier tipo de manifestación artística relacionada con viajes
ephemero/recopilaciones de viajes – boletos del tren / avión / buses; mapas, mapas manuscritos, hojas volantes, cosas de magia que conseguiste en el camino
send submissions/inquiries/fanmail to firstname.lastname@example.org. yes if you need more time past the deadline that’s cool. si nececitas mas tiempo pasando el 15 esta completamente bien. if none of that stuff applies to you, you still can follow my beautiful exceptional one of a kind tumblr page and like this shit on facebook (on yr right) or order a copy of my travel zine everywhere all the time (all new orders will be sent out next week, loyal people who have ordered! if ya haven’t, it’s only two fiddy on etsy con free shipping) OR do all three. then you get a star.
Accepting travel stories + artwork for a Spanish-language zine anthology
consider yourself among the latinx/chicanx diaspora
come from a spanish-speaking country, directly or 2nd, 3rd generations, whatever!
have a story about traveling in latin america
have any kinda travel-related art lying around – DRAWINGS, photos, photos of graff/street art around the world
have random travel ephemera – train/plane/bus tickets, maps, handwritten maps, flyers, magic stuff you bought back from the road
then you gotta:
send that shit right over!
no other choice!
by september 15!
i’m collecting travelogues, lists, adventure stories, thoughts on place, and pretty much anything poignant and written well for a spanish-language anthology of travel stories in latin america. spanglish or english is cool too, since we’ll be translating it for an english edition (but if you can, spanish please!) zine will be half page, black and white. no need to send your art in in b+w, just keep in mind it will be copied that way. 1,000 word entry limit, but we’re flexible. send whatever you got to email@example.com by september 15. internationally-syndicated multi-lingual zine yo, get in on this! tell EVERYONE. baniamor.com.
Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar. Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks.
i’m glad you’re all starting to get everywhere all the time zine issue one if your mailboxes across the world. if you haven’t, you can order your totally perfect, not-mis-printed copy from Boom For Real press on etsy, just keep in mind it won’t mail out until september, (only $2.50 with free shipping!) also, my shit will be published in Gag Me With a…zine #9 so order it k thanks!
on the feelings front, i’ll be undergoing surgery in quito this week so wish me luck. also, my flight is booked back for the states in september, ending over a year in ecuador. everyone here in south america (slash world) is looking at the US like WTF is even going on? and i’m not so crazy about returning to the wackness, but then i think about the stuff i miss and can’t wait. i’m looking for a work/trade/cool house sharing situation with folks in the southwest (namely santa fe) so if you hear of anything fill me in.
if you’re an artist and haven’t submitted your travel crap to No Hay Puntes travel zine, wtf you waitin’ for? i mean, please scan your crazy findings from the road, sketch that building across the street, look over your campfire photos, those punk flyers you picked up from mexico, photocopy that train ticket from argentina…and send it all to firstname.lastname@example.org before september 1st. for writing pieces, keep in mind this is a complitation of stories from the road in latin american countries, and pieces from the latinx-diaspora about travel, race, place and adventure in genz. we already got a nice collection of spanish-language submissions, but english and spanglish are also def accepted so i’m lookin’ at you!
the everywhere all the time tumblr page is back up n beautiful, and i’m always updating facebook. follow, comment, share n all that good stuff. my writing will be published in a bunch of new places next week, so watch out for that. thanks strangers!
i’ve been talkin bout putting out an anthology of travel stories from latin america for a while now, and am finally beginning to collect submissions. here are the callouts in english and spanish; please send to folks of color you know who travel. also in need of ART: drawings, sketches, train maps, handwritten maps, random ephemera collected from your magic adventures. thanks and hope your weekends don’t suck! or else!
there’s a few reasons to excuse a travel writer’s lack of recent blog posts:
too busy traveling
too busy writing
well, who’s counting? but an extra good reason i have which was not fun while it was happening but in hindsight is a great thing – i got my double ecuadorian/american citizenship. i think of this site more as a portfolio than a blog and didn’t really clue you in on the story, but i moved to ecuador a year ago to attain nationality through my family, who are from here. i had no effing clue it would take this long and that the process would make me feel pretty miserable for a while, but i got it now and can cross the border and travel to whole other countries ’cause i got not one, but two passports. for a traveler, this news is so good it’s bad.
so now we have to talk about the zine. i just got back from mailing the first ten copies, which were ordered back in december. i’ve got to admit, this looks bad. real bad! and it hasn’t taken so long ’cause i was too busy traveling or writing or stoned, but because of TONS of formatting issues and copy machine troubles (plus that fire that melted half my typewriter.) My tiny room in Guayaquil serves as ‘the zine office’ (i sleep on the couch in the living room ’cause the office is hot as balls, and there’s no internet) where hundreds of miscopied zines are lying about in piles. there is no self-serve kind of copy shop set up in Ecuador – someone has to do it for you. everywhere all the time has been copied in student supplies shops in jungle towns, fishing villages, stationary stores in four cities, and on and on – badly. i can’t blame these folks for not understanding layout, but in the words of Gob Bluth, COME ON! i’m not going to tell you how much of my dwindling funds have been spent on bad copies.
but i’m still on a high from that time i got my ecuadorian citizenship (what i spend in copies i make up for in free healthcare!) so i’m goin’ ahead and looking for the perfect copyshop in the sky/ecuador and will print this goddam zine exactly as i want it whether it wants to be printed or not. the first ten copies that were mailed today are the best of the lot – a little out of order but otherwise quite awesome. and just to make up for all that bullshit waiting time, the first 20 orderers get the second issue free! gratis! i’ll be sending an e-mail letting you know who you is.
since this is the zine’s first copy i want it to be perfect, so the ‘miscopies’ aren’t unsightly or unreadable, they just don’t come in the order i planned it. what i’m trying to say is – they look great! so those hundreds of imperfect zines won’t go to waste; i’m selling them on etsy for $2 (plus a lil’ shipping) so you betta order that shit, ’cause those will be sent out immediately. i re-opened my old shop where i sold typewriters and named in Boom For Real Press (basquiat ref) and plan to turn it into a full-blown international travel zine distro in septemberish.