print collaboration was mostly executed by my friend and co-worker Ernesto Yerena with a little help from me. Ernesto is the closest thing to an apprentice I’ve ever had, but beyond just learning my art and design style, he brings his own influences into the mix at our studio. Read what Ernesto has to say about the inspiration for the print. -Shepard
Being from the border-towns of El Centro CA, U.S. / Mexicali B.C., MX I have always been proud of both of my cultures and never belonged to one particular group or subculture. Since Mexicali is more of a modern city compared to most cities in the southern region of Mexico I never really got to experience the full effect of the Day of the Dead until I moved to Los Angeles where I see iconic DOTD sculptures, painting, posters , etc.. really often because of the Latin population that originates from southern region of Mexico and throughout Latin America. Overtime the DOTD culture has been adopted by many different people not just latinos from skaters to art collectors which is a good example of the same type of cultural overlay that has made this country what it is. This image is my interpretation of your typical DOTD skull that symbolizes my heritage, my home of LA, and what we do here at Obey Giant. -Ernesto
Late Night Chameleon Cafe (LN-CC) created a series of beaded skulls in the traditional style of the Huichol. The skull is cast from resin and each skull features intricate craftsmanship.
The Huichol people believe in the power of the Sun God, ancestor spirits and the four principle deities – Deer, Corn, Peyote and the Eagle. They live in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Western Mexico and have a long history of creating beaded art.
Whenever I go out to the fields in the west valley, I look for the highest perch that the birds of prey will roost on and sometimes mark as their territory. At the bottom of that perch (in this case a very tall power pole), you find their feeding leftovers. There are balls of regurgitated hides of eaten field mice, gophers, wings of smaller birds, bones that were not digestible, especially small skulls.
What exactly is my fascination with this, I am not certain, but think it is because I am trying to figure out what was the meal of the day.
I also have a collection of larger skulls I have found in my recent travels, from cattle to coyote, to rabbits, to mice. Sometimes it is just a jaw bone. I have them on my patio and one day I may make a mobile out of them. Someday soon.