By Jeremy Arias
The fog cleared my route to the jogging path when I first noticed it. Its black fur shone with the morning sun as its green eyes pierced contact. It didn’t bother to display sharpened teeth or threaten me with a growl. It watched me with its wicked eyes as I walked by.
I’m not the superstitious type. I don’t get nervous when I walk under ladders. The only threat from a broken mirror is its cutting edge. Salt is bad for you, and when you spill it, you make a mess. The country did enter a national emergency on Friday the 13th, but the occupant knew about the virus since January, so that doesn’t count.
I walked by the black cat thinking twice about superstition. What if black cats could also give us good luck, but only choose to curse the superstitious scaredy cats? Why aren't there any have a good day cats that you can walk by without questioning your existence?
A couple blocks later, I was climbing up a hill and a well groomed dog with a fat brown coat trotted down the street, jingling it’s leather collar. It stopped to sniff the weeds and inspect a Hot Cheeto’s bag with its bulgy black snout.
What a nice dog, I bet you belong to someone, I thought as I kept climbing and crossed the street over to the next block. As I passed the Jack in the Box, I noticed a flyer stapled to a telephone pole.
“MISSING!” The top of the page hollered. Right under it was a picture of a happy, well groomed dog with a fat brown coat and a leather collar. “Her name is Millie, her owner is sick with heart disease. REWARD $1000!”
It was the cat! I thought as I took a picture of the poster with my phone and sprinted back to the hill where I saw the dog.
In a matter of minutes, Millie had vanished without a trace. I kept my ear open for that jingling collar. She couldn’t have gone that far. A few scans of the area led me to an alley where a mariachi group played festive songs to a cheerful crowd. It was a dead end so full of life.
Nobody wins today, except the cat and the mariachi.
By Jeremy Arias
It feels like years have gone by since Art Block started receiving submissions for Volume 5, Issue 2, Behind the Scenes. It seems like the idea started in one world and flourished in another.
We appreciate all the submissions you sent from the depths of your quarantines. In times of darkness, it’s the artist who paints the picture of a brighter time yet to come. The creative mind that can cast tears from spells of poetry is the type of mind that can think of solutions. It’s the nerds with their noses plugged into books who can imagine a better world, we’ve been to several, and this one needs work.
We’ve had the pleasure of reviewing your art and we’re working on putting the next issue together. Like the rest of the world, we were impacted by the pandemic and our gears slowed down as we adjusted to working from home. We appreciate your patience and continued support of emerging artists.
While we were wrapping up our last issue, we started brainstorming the theme for our next issue and settled on “Word on the Street.”
What’s the word on the street? How does it get around? How would it get around? Does the way it gets around change what’s said? What made your street different? What events happened that the world has missed out on for so long? What was the word your parents gave to keep you inside?
Does your mom gossip to your next-door neighbor about the people across the street? Does the elotero give you the occasional scoop? What does the tagging on the wall say? Can you counter the broken windows theory?
We’re excited to hear what you have to say, see what you imagine, and feel what you create. Stay tuned and stay safe Arts Fam!
By Tanya Sotelo
It has been almost three years since Melina, the Editor in chief of Aurtistic Zine, and I first met and she invited me on the adventure that is Aurtistic. When she first told me of her idea, I thought it was amazing. When she asked me to be a part of it, I said yes immediately, although I will be honest: I thought she couldn’t be serious asking me, someone she had just met, to work with on this endeavor of hers. I soon found out that although Melina has a wicked sense of humor, she never jokes about her projects. Fast forward to now, we have three zines completed. Issue three of Aurtistic Zine is currently off to be polished up and printed, and our work for the next issue has begun.
It was my go at deciding the theme for the next issue. We of course had a team meeting to discuss what still needed to be done for issue three and what to do next. It’s still surreal to me to have meetings virtually and not be in the same space, but I am glad to do that for the safety of everyone involved, and it doesn’t impede us from creating. Which inevitably led to the theme for the coming issue. There really was no way to not incorporate what is happening globally. We are still in the thick of it and nothing is certain. With that in mind I felt I could also share the theme here, because although the theme is for Aurtistic, the sentiment is not exclusive to it.
Many of us have lost the comfort of our routines and have been flung into uncertain waters. With the strangeness of this new reality in mind, our theme for the next issue of Aurtistic Zine is: Creation through Chaos. Show us how you are existing through these chaotic times. Did you subdue the chaos, overcome it, or perhaps make a friend of it? Are you finding solace in creation? Are you making new routines to replace the old? Or has social distancing been your normal and you are now finding yourself as a guide to those who are having difficulties navigating this new reality?
By Jesus Hernandez
La Niña Extraña comes from Art Block Zine's Featured Artist, Jesus Hernandez on Volume 4, Issue 2. More work, as well as an interview with Angelica Castañeda. When asked what advice he would give to upcoming artists in his field, Hernandez replied:
"Don't be afraid and don't worry what others think of you. Keep pushing yourself to improvement and exposing yourself to the world. There's always going to be that one person who'll help you achieve your goals."
More of Hernandez's work and the full interview can be found on Art Block Zine's Volume 4, Issue 2 titled Processing.
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By Fox Reyes
Foxcat is a drawing by Fox Reyes, submit and featured in Aurtistic Zine Volume 1 Issue 2 titled Perception.
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The content displayed here is submitted by various local authors, artists, and more, and is curated by the DSTL Arts Art Block Zine–Editorial Board. Works published here are done so with the permission of all artists involved. Artists hold all rights to their work, and none of it may be reproduced without their permission.