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01.05.15 Bucky Turco

On my evening commute one November evening, I was rushing to catch the M at the Delancey/Essex Street subway station when deep house music booming across the F train platform caught my attention and compelled me to stop. I descended down the stairs to see two guys sporting Luche Libre masks, one banging on drum […]

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12.02.14 Bucky Turco

Just as the prohibition of alcohol fueled the rise of the mafia in the late 1920s, the current federal laws against weed emboldens organized crime domestically and in Mexico. Duh, right? However, there’s one thing that appears to be chipping away at that power structure — and it’s not national guard troops on the southern […]

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08.18.14 Sophie Weiner

Yarn-bombing artist Olek is in trouble for crocheting an underwater sculpture off the coast of Mexico. Wearing scuba gear, the artist dove into Cancun’s Underwater Museum and encased a sculpture in yarn, making it look like a colorful, fuzzy bomb. The profusely self-documented stunt was made in an effort to raise awareness for environmental causes. The artist failed to consider her […]

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11.13.13 Marina Galperina

Photographer Ross McDonnell travelled through Guerrero state, Mexi­co with an anti-drug cartel unit, armed with machetes and shotguns. But the masked men rounding up criminals in this elegant documentary short are not with the Mexican Army or the Federal Police. They’re “Auto Defensa” — vigilante groups of self-deputized campesinos who imposed a blockade on their troubled town and […]

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09.05.13 Marina Galperina

In Mexico, drug traffickers have theme songs. With an AK 47 and a bazooka on my shoulder Cross my path and I’ll chop your head off We’re bloodthirsty, crazy, and we like to kill In Narco Cultura, filmmaker Shaul Schwarz explores the culture born of “the war on drugs,” the extreme violence it fuels Mexico and […]

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06.19.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Born and raised in Mexico City, Carlos Alvarez Montero uses his camera to capture the complexities of Mexican gang culture like no one else. It’s not surprising that his work has been featured in international exhibitions and publications like The Fader, Vice, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Harper’s Baazar México. The eye-popping colors of the Mexican landscapes juxtaposed with the […]

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05.24.13 Julia Dawidowicz

When it comes to Mexico’s drug cartel crisis, we rarely hear any news that’s short of devastating. Canadian photojournalist Brett Gundlock, however, tells the incredible story of one small village’s victory against the cartels through his series La Puebla seen on Wired. After successfully driving away a cartel-backed group of loggers who’d completely destroyed their surrounding forest, […]

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12.28.12 Marina Galperina

Because living in Mexico ins’t dangerous enough, these champs shimmied their way down a very narrow ledge under a bridge in Veracruz, Mexico. That, right there, is 430 feet above ground. Just think about that a little bit. ¡Jesús Cristo! The Brooklyn Bridge is 135 feet above high water. What’s up, LEWY? The dangerously tagged Metlac Bridge is the highest […]

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11.26.12 Andy Cush

Earlier this month, Mexican lawmaker Fernando Belaunzaran submitted a proposal that would legalize the growth, sale, and recreational use in his country. Inspired by the recent strides towards legalization in the U.S., Belaunzaran believes now is the time to change Mexico’s drug policies–and was apparently also enlightened by some late-night TV viewing. “Comedy shows with really […]

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09.21.12 Lily Streeter

Invader’s latest 8bit tag is located in his most creative location yet — 20 feet underwater off the coast of Isla de Mujeres in Cancún, Mexico. The prolific street artist collaborated with sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, tagging his underwater sculptures with the graphic tiles he’s so well-known for. Taylor began the underwater museum in 2009, […]

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