Undocumented Artist Julio Salgado Spoofs Controversial American Apparel Ad

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Julio Salgado
Controversy is swirling around an ad produced by the infamously edgy American Apparel last summer which paired two models under the banner of diversity. As Colorlines writer Jorge Rivas noted, comedian Fahim Anwar tweeted the ad on May 19 showing a white woman together with a Latino man. The ad's caption says "Robin a USC student, studying Public Relations, with Raul, a California farmer in Denim and Chambray" as reactions to the image came in swiftly.

Julio Salgado, former editorial cartoonist for Cal State Long Beach's Daily 49er and current co-founder of Dreamers Adrift says he found the image unrealistic to say the least. "My initial reaction was "Really?!" in a Tina Fey and Seth Meyers voice," he says, noting how "Raul" was being used as a prop and how overall unrealistic the portrayal was. "When I worked construction work with day laborers that looked just like that man, women who looked like that hipster girl would usually keep on walking."
Robin a USC student, studying Public Relations, with Raul, a California farmer in Denim and Chambray

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/1cwyHRobin a USC student, studying Public Relations, with Raul, a California farmer in Denim and Chambray

Robin a USC student, studying Public Relations, with Raul, a California farmer in Denim and Chambray

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/1cwyH)

Robin a USC student, studying Public Relations, with Raul, a California farmer in Denim and Chambray

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/1cwyH),,m


Salgado, who our Mexican-in-Chief recently gave a shout out to in his Long Beach City College commencement speech and who lent his talents (and a shtup story) to our infernal rag's 2012 sex issue, decided to utilize his artistic sensibilities to create a bitingly critical 'Undocumented Apparel' series spoofing the ad in question while broadening its horizons as a space for self-determination.

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Julio Salgado

"At first, the images were a reaction to the American Apparel ad, but as I keep making them, they have sort of become my way to pay homage to the many undocumented folks I personally know," says the activist and artist now based in Berkeley. "If the quotes seemed confrontational, that is totally on purpose." A baffled American Apparel spokesperson went on record with The Bay Citizen characterizing the controversy as "contrived."

"I want to use my art to call out the folks that are playing politics with us and not be afraid to do so," Salgado adds. With that, do yourselves a favor and check out the frequently updated series. There you'll find powerful messages from a voice trying to turn an upside down world right side up.

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Asdgfasdfga
Asdgfasdfga

 stupid but yeah you will never know

Armando Cedillo
Armando Cedillo

Maybe if Mexicans didn't capitulate to the primitive impulse to replicate themselves in every squalid village, barrio and brothel in their noble homeland they wouldn't have so many sanctimonious excuses to violate our borders and denigrate the reputation of US Latino citizens.

ESPERANZA SALGADO
ESPERANZA SALGADO

You are right, MY eNGLISH  is not that good, but I am trying every dAY, BLESSINGS JULIO, WHEN YOU WRITE SOMETHING AND DRAW, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION. YOUR MOM THAT LOVES  YOU.

Exador
Exador

Art?  He used the vector trace function in Illustrator and added a little text. Lame.

Sam Infusia
Sam Infusia

THAT is supposed to be art?

Education = BIG FAIL for this Salgado illegal. Go pick a crop, dude.

Lexg
Lexg

When I backpacked across Europe....I had to get all my documents in order and a passport was stamped at every country.  It was ALL legit!  Don't have kids if you can't feed 'em!

Lt. Todd Sputnik
Lt. Todd Sputnik

Awesome.  Guess he could have joined the military to kill babies and live off my tax dollars but instead, he'll get a college degree and will probably make more money that albino veterans who move to my State from other albino countries, like Nevada, Arizona or Florida.

Katbouch68
Katbouch68

no matter what the story is, as long as an immigrant or mexican is mentioned, the ugly comes out of the zenophobic haters of America.  Now lets get this straight.  We are not here to take over/ we are here to take back/  julio salgado we love your art

mitch young
mitch young

The real irony here is that 'American' Apparel head Dov Charney, the Canadian-Israeli immigrant serial sex abuser has been one of the leading proponents of amnesty -- no doubt to keep his cheap labor force coming. Too bad the company's going bankrupt anyway.

Ain't nuffin' 'American' about American apparel. 

mitch young
mitch young

Can't they use 'biting social commentary' in Mexico? See ya, Salgado.And when I 'backpacked across Europe', I had my passport (containing requisite visas) hung around my neck.

Lexg
Lexg

Too many uneducated opinionated unskilled people.  I don't care if you are purple w/golden nipples you are welcome here as long as you do it the right way.  Stop breaking the laws and having children you can't afford.  It's gross and giving you all a bad rap.  My grandparents did it the right way.....they struggled, filled out all the papers, LEARNED ENGLISH, learned the laws and constitution, waited and waited.....finally they made it!  My grandmother did this w/a Greek 3rd grade education!  After all that they were legit and lived the American dream.  Breaking laws and hiding under the radar will not give you these rights b/c you ARE a criminal.  I got stopped 3x last time I was in Mexico.....the army guys w/M-16s pointed at us as they went through our cars was awesome!   When I backpacked through Europe I got checked everywhere.  Quit crying and take some responsibility.

D_rotorhead
D_rotorhead

Be cool Kat, you might want to check your history. Mexico was only 27 years young from claiming victory over Spain and winning independence with the help of your brothers from the North and other folks from around the World. You might want to read among other bits of history the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, concluded Feb. 2, 1848. So when you say take it back do you mean to Spain

David Aldana
David Aldana

Your whole comment is faulty. Cheap labor? If were so cheap, why would American Apparel be going bankrupt? And FYI, they're not.

James
James

It's actually made in America where they pay a decent wage to their workers. Look at your shirt, does it say "Made in America" ?

Instead of being a blind nationalist, acknowledge that an immigrant with business sense does more for America than any other brand you have. At the same time, this is not a criticism of their support but more so of their poor choice in marketing tactics.

Illmindedjunkie
Illmindedjunkie

 Yeah. You backpacked around Europe with your passport to save a life. Because your hipster adventure of sightseeing and tasting different alcohols and prostitutes in every country is pretty much the same thing as saving your child's life. Congratulations to you for making this world a better place for nobody.

You're the sort of person I wish would've ended up in a real-life "Hostel" situation.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Exactly... I think he forgets that the backpacking trip was for a finite amount of time at which point I was required to return home... and I did not refer to the kind Europeans as "Racists" 

By the way I watched the No Reservations Baja this week and it seems to me they are doing just fine in Mexico if they are starting to grow grapes produce wines and have fine dining. 

mitch young
mitch young

" If this Mexico that you speak of existed, you and I would both be traveling down to TJ for a root canal the same way folks travel to Canada for pills and CAT scans."

Already happening.

http://articles.latimes.com/20...

Lexg
Lexg

PS....as a professional artist his stuff looks like clip art.

mitch young
mitch young

"Instead of being a blind nationalist, acknowledge that an immigrant with business sense does more for America than any other brand you hav"

No, this is absolutely wrong. Because by attracting foreign workers, even at so-called living wages, businesses (and also your nanny and lawn-guy employing homeownes) impose huge social costs on the US. For example, the average Mexican woman in the US has three children. In California that means $300,000 spent on 'education' over their lifetimes, at least. Sorry, but those making a supposed 'living' wage of $12.50, even $20.00 per hour, are not paying anywhere near enough tax to cover that, even if both work and even over a forty year working life. That is one of the reasons California is broke. Now add in all the other government expenditures a family gets or requires -- WIC, Section 8 for US born kids, the extra police and fire required by more people, extra roads. Low skill immigrant labor just doesn't add enough value to the economy to cover all that. Again, that is why we are going broke, to a large extent.

Fact is the mass market clothing industry s one of the first to get jettisoned as a country moves up the economic scale. You don't get shirts made in Japan anymore. Other than really high-end stuff, clothing It's low value added work that belongs in more third worldish countries, not advanced post-industrial economies like the US.

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

Mitch: The company's workers are not unionized and 1,800 undocumented employees got shit canned in 2009.  They fit right in!

That and their shirts are too 'form fitting' and not baggy enough -- which in my case exposes the contours of my panza. No bueno!

Lexg
Lexg

Stop having kids you can't take care.........it's that simple.  It's called a being a burden to society.  I have the cash to do cool stuff b/c I've worked for it.  No one gave me anything-I've earned every penny.  I waited until I was 30 for my first child b/c I was smart enough to know I couldn't afford one earlier........It's called responsibility. A novel idea.

mitch young
mitch young

Ill Minded Junkie -- perfect monicker for such an idiot.

1) The vast majority of Mexicans don't cross the border to save their children's ives. They cross to get more money, both in wages and in handouts.

2) Mexico has a pretty advanced medical system, which theoretically is free to access. And just about no one is starving in Mexico. Again, people cross illegally or legally to get more money.

3) In the event that there really is a situation where medical services not available in Mexico will save a life, there are proper channels to go through and a variety of charities to help Mexicans and others to negotiate those channels.

Salgado's cartooon if full of shit. Yup, I enjoyed beer in the Czech republic and Poland thus helping out the local economy when it really needed it. I did not  undercut Czech or Polish wages, form an ethnic network of Americans to freeze out locals from certian jobs, I and my girlfriend did not  drop three kids into the public school system,, demand they receive 'free' lunches and 'healthcare' and subsidized rent.

Jamie the tea party rep
Jamie the tea party rep

somebody sounds jealous of us Folks who can afford to travel or should I say dont have a felony conviction.

Jamie the Republican
Jamie the Republican

I just came from mexico and the natives in Mexico dont seem to be in a hurry to jump the border..actually with the native Mexicanos,  you would never think the ones in America even know the ones south of the border exist.. Totally two different sets of people..makes me wonder if we get Mexicos Undesirables..I also belive most border hoppers are probably kicked out of mexico and told if they return theyll get their asses kicked..No wonder when Whites tell Illegals to fight  their own government they dont say nada!

mitch young
mitch young

And American growers have been moving farm operations down there too -- and that is a good thing. Good for Mexicans to have better paying work close to their home villages, in their home country. Good that we don't have to pay the social costs of importing a low-wage labor force. And most of the higher paying jobs in ag, from transport to marketing, are still here. Even landowners can switch to non-labor intensive crops.

mitch young
mitch young

My big Euro-trip was when I was on a 30 day leave, stationed in Rota, Spain, so I didn't actually go home -- but point well taken. 

When I worked in Germany (legally) I was actually stopped and asked for ID -- not even crossing a border, but on a train that ran from Vienna and points East and South into Munich. Obviously a lot of illegal immigration along that line, esp. in the early 2000s. Obviously I was foreign. So I didn't mind that the Grenzschutz asked me for my 'papers' at least 100 km *inside* Germany. All war in ordnung. It's funny that the Mexicans, whose country is dotted with checkpoints, should get so affronted by our government enforcing immigration laws.

Illmindedjunkie
Illmindedjunkie

Thanks for sharing with the world how much of a blindly-privileged douchebag you are, Lexg.

I'm willing to bet my bottom dollar that you use 99% of your brain just to move.

Streets
Streets

That's what sets the U.S. apart from the rest of the world..............Freedom!  We don't have road-blocks or check-points to to determine one's "intentions" or if they are "legit".......I like the fact I can travel from one part of my country to another.......and as far as visiting any other country.........screw that shit!  I would rather spend my money in the good o'l USA!  You want to visit Europe, Mexico, or any other shit country, you should have stayed there! 

mitch young
mitch young

 "it's not to buy fancy 8-cylinder gas guzzling Ford trucks with a pair of testicles hanging out the back."You've obviously never watched KMEX on Saturday morning.

Illmindedjunkie
Illmindedjunkie

 1. If the vast majority of Mexicans cross the border for higher wages (what handouts?), it's not to buy fancy 8-cylinder gas guzzling Ford trucks with a pair of testicles hanging out the back. It's to help their families and feed their children. So in a sense, most folks who cross the border do so to save somebody, even if just themselves.

2. I think you like to think that Mexico is a cushy cool place to hang out and receive better medical attention than that faux-socialist system we have with this whole Obamacare campaign. If this Mexico that you speak of existed, you and I would both be traveling down to TJ for a root canal the same way folks travel to Canada for pills and CAT scans.

3. While you may be right, a lot of folks don't have access to these services, either because of lack of money, or lack of knowledge. It's not that they don't investigate. It's just that... there isn't a system set up to help these folks access some of this knowledge, particularly the really poor ones.

If Julio's cartoon is full of shit, you're an outhouse filled the toilet seat. While you enjoyed a Czech beer and saluted Hitler with the anti-semetic Polish guys who we all saw on TV during the soccer matches, folks cross borders for reasons you will never be able to fathom. While you don't undercut wages in foreign nations, you stand by a government who does it for you. And don't tell me you're all about trying to work as a butcher in a slaughter house that smells like shit, so cut the locals-getting-frozen-out argument.

The difference between you and these people speak you speak so highly of is the fact that they know what it's like to have a dream. You don't. It's pretty sad.

Thanks for making me realize that as many mistakes as I make in my life, there are folks out there who are absolutely hopeless. I should feel so lucky.

Lexg
Lexg

Mitch, radicals on any side will make up ridiculous statements and put a piece of cheesy clip art to inflame non-cerebrals.  I don't get it.....go anywhere else in the world and they will make sure you are legit.  In Mexico last time I was staring down the barrel of an M-16 as they went through our cars.  They made damn sure they knew; who I was, my intentions, etc.  I had to tell them everything I had done there, everywhere I went and where I was headed.    This happened in Europe as well.  Try going into ANY other country in the world and pull this crap.........they will throw you in jail right off and some places w/shoot your ass for committing any crime.  I spent a good amount of money in Europe and Mexico towards their economy and took zero handouts........it's waaaay different being a tourist and that cartoon is crap; many of these boarder jumpers are quite chunky too.

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