Monday, October 24, 2011

Cholo Writing: Latino Gang Graffitti in Los Angeles by Francois Chastanet (EXCERPT)

The following is an excerpt from the book "Cholo Writing: Latino Gang Graffitti in Los Angeles" edited by Francois Chastanet:
"Each Latino gang, each neighborhood, has a slightly distinct style, but visual conventions in letterforms are clearly shared, defining a kind of "geographic homogeneity" in wall handwriting, i.e. a lettering identity on a metropolitan scale. The Los Angeles "gangster touch" in letters can be presented as a writing system in four handstyles:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Where are they from? Where are they going? - Part 3

Part of my research for my film project temporarily titled The Assassination of a Citizen takes me into the Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic in Norwalk, CA (SYCRCC). This is a 3-part report of my experiences there.

For some of the youth at the SYCRCC, especially the more serious offenders, the ones with a gang background, it’s like college, or maybe high school. Federal Prison is college. Some say it’s a summer camp compared to what’s going on in adult institutions. I mean, it somewhat is. It’s a surprisingly pleasant, easy-going atmosphere, which is what you’d want for a rehabilitation environment for the youth. But there’s tension in the air between the brown, black, white and yellows. It’s a fragile peace but everyone is trying to get along, pass the time, endure all the do-gooder patting to get back out and for some back to business.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Shorts For Charity

My co-writer Caroline Chang is not only working on Citizen, committed to a day job, producing her friend's films and finding time to work on her own writing projects, no, she also just ran half a marathon organized by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And as if that is not enough she now takes her activism further to bring you Shorts For Charity, a one-night event in Downtown Los Angeles.