Friday, September 14, 2012


Tune in to KPFK 90.7 between 4-5 pm. I'll be on there at some point talking about Narcolandia and the Saturday opening at Coagula Curatorial

Narcolandia News

The word of Narcolandia is spreading. Check here to see it on the Huffington Post (Thanks Tanja Laden) and if your Spanish is better than mine, check out the article on SinEmbargo 

Whatever you do get down to Coagula Curatorial THIS SATURDAY 8 pm - 11 pm for the opening.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Narcolandia loves Sino Tequila

I know I promised Mas y mas y mas so here is some of the news. Sino Tequila is sponsoring Narcolandia's September 15th opening at Coagula Curatorial (977 Chung King Rd).

If you've never heard of them, Sino Tequila is a cool local company that is dedicated to supporting Latino art and artists. Judy from Sino Tequila promised to be pouring out some of the tasty gold liquido and mixing up a special spicy margarita.  I can't wait ... but I have to.

Monday, August 6, 2012


Here's a few images from Narcolandia 2012. They look much better in person, so be sure to show up to Coagula Curatorial on September 15th for the Sabado Gigante opening. There will be more than 30 artists including ones we have added since last time like Germs, Dewey Tafoya and Victor Gastelum. Plus we will be having special surprise performances, dj's and a taco truck that actually sells Mexican tacos...
 Jose Lozano
 John Minor
 Karen Fiorito
 Pancho Lipschitz
 Ricardo Duffy
 Victor Payan
 Victor Rosas
William Acedo

Friday, August 3, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I'm pleased to announce that Coagula Curatorial and Narcolandia 2012 have signed the final contracts to fly-in Conjunto Los Nacos for the SEPTEMBER 15th opening. They will be performing a short set at the gallery as part of their Viajes de las Americas Tour.

People get ready

This Sunday August 12th, the Mexican/American Peace Caravan will be entering San Diego from Tijuana go here to find out more or to get involved. People are trying to make real and meaningful changes where they can...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cool news. The fine folks at Coagula Curatorial have extended our run at the gallery. Narcolandia will now be up from September 5th - 22nd with a SABADO GIGANTE OPENING on SEPTEMBER 15TH. We will be having special performances, dj's and sopresas that we will be announcing in the coming weeks. Thanks Mat. We will try and make it Coagulossal.

Above is a sample of the work in the show by John Minor. Narcolandia features Los Angeles and San Francisco artists doing their thing on Narco culture, narco corridos and the whole Narcolandia that we find ourselves brushing up against in the news or in real life.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Meditation...

Rebecca Solnit's apology to Mexico is a meditation on the drug war. It tries to look for the root of the problems, to examine the causes rather than the symptoms and to explain the U.S.' insatiable appetite for every manner of mind altering substances.  It doesn't offer solutions, it doesn't have "the answer" and in that sense it parallels this thing we call Narcolandia.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Real Drug Runners

The bad economy combined with amazing abilities means that Tarahumara Indians are being used to carry drugs across the border in the micro drug economy...

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

More bad news

I wish i could post good news in the war on drugs but then that is what things are like in Narcolandia. Looking for hope and most of the time finding tragedy...another journalist disappears...

Monday, April 16, 2012

Coming Down in San Pancho, Going Up...

So we took a ride up the 5 to San Pancho to pick up the Narcolandia show

Hung out with Aron and Chucho who run Sub Mission. Shared some beers and some chisme...

and so the first leg of the Narcolandia marathon has ended. Stay tuned to this station to find out where we will be in So Cal... Thanks to Chucho and Aron and everyone at Sub Mission. Especially the guy with the taco cart who gave Eme free tacos at the opening... We will be adding artists for the l.a. show growing bigger and better as we learn...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

just when you thought it couldn't get worse...somehow it does

this article from the daily news details how the zetas are working together with members of mara salvatrucha. zetas have training and military weaponry, maras have soldiers in place in central america. they are cooperating in ways the government and law enforcement are unable to do...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

narco news

Here's a short interview with Shaylih Muehlmann, a UC Berkeley professor who talks about how the drug trade affects the poor most of all in a number of different ways. Whatever country you live in, those who have the least pay the most...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


We are back in La Ciudad and caught up on sleep. To my Frisky friends, if you didn't make the opening of Narcolandia it will be up for 3 more weeks at Sub-Mission Gallery.

When we made the postcards the subtitle was We give you guns, you give us drugs. Turns out we were truer than we knew. It's estimated that 90% of guns seized by ATF in Mexico come from the U.S.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Narcolandia...The Happening

jesus angel perez

jesus angel perez

jesus angel perez

jesus angel perez

dope video projections all night

karen fiorito

pocha pena



jennifer gutierrez morgan

william acedo

pancho lipschitz

victor rosas

victor rosas

victor rosas

ricardo duffy

matthew thomason

matthew thomason detail

victor payan

Okay we just want to say thanks to all the artists, to Chucho and Aron and all the Sub-Mission gente. When it was raining cats and rats on Friday I was a little worried, but the show looked great. The people came out. The bands were dope. The speakers spoke their peace, and everyone had a good time. It was good to see old friends, make some new ones and meet the no cali artists. Here's a virtual tour of the show. If you have any questions about who did what, leave a comment...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Today's word: CRILOCO = METH

Now here are new works from Victor Payan and William Acedo soon to be hanging on the walls of Sub-Mission Gallery in San Pancho... Enjoy as together they are artistically yin and yan works of the badass variety...


Hola Gente, Comadres, Compadres, Eses and Esas,

Peep the new work from John Miner. Super-Dope print available only at the NARCOLANDIA opening on the 17th at Sub-Mission Gallery. See you there rain or shine.

In Narco news read about the sophisticated radio networks that gangs create to be able to communicate, track and terrorize police. Radio Zeta is on the air

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

JUST SAY NO - to Tigres Del Norte

It's exciting to see the work come in from L.A. artistas and wonder how it will mingle with it's San Pancho counterparts. Picked up a dope piece from Karen Fiorito. Also saw that the Mexican state of Chihuahua has banned Los Tigres del Norte for singing Narco Corridos. Yeah that'll fix the problem...