I felt I had stumbled onto something special last fall when I got my first copy of ChingoZine, the Latino art zine that highlights original drawings and sketches by emerging Latino and Latina artists. Zines (short for magazine) are a low-cost alternative art publication. The talented trio behind this project, the Puro Chingón Collective, consists of Claudia Zapata, James Huizar and Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi.
Over the course of about a year, the collective has infused Austin with a boost of cultural creativity that has expanded beyond the zine to painting a mural outside Red 7 downtown and leading interactive movie screenings at the North Door. They’re quickly becoming a creative breath of fresh air, offering an original point of view.
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