Zoolers* is a collaboration with designer/illustrator Huan Nguyen
It started out with a thought, "Let's make rulers more fun, so that adults and kids can enjoy using them!"
We created a series of rulers shaped like zoo animals with colorful patterns and designs. There are 5 in total - a giraffe, a crocodile, an octopus, a snail and an elephant - with a possibility of expansion to other animals for future designs. They are die-cut from plastic then silkscreened with the designs on top.
We decided to name the products Zoolers, give each animal a name and a backstory, then create a packaging system for them.
My boyfriend and I walked down the streets of Los Angeles, holding hands, when a man inside his truck yelled “JOTOS (Faggots)!" at us. I wanted to use this experience as well as my deep interest for visual puns, metaphors, and wordplay to create a line of pins, which showcase cuteness with a wink.
Peens was created out of my investigation of gay slurs, such as the ones that were used on us. After investigating the origins of the word “Jotos," I began to learn about other slurs such as: “Mariposon” in Spanish, which translates to "Butterfly-Man".
I took this opportunity to take these words and reclaim it as part of my own visual identity as a gay man. As a result of this exploration it led to create many other “peens” that continue to embrace and reclaim slurs, stereotypes, sexuality and stories I’ve experienced as well.
“Peens” are the cute, clever, and mischevious enamel pins that you’ll giggle at for that kinky mind of yours.
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Series of posters for CSULB California Repertory Spring 2019 theatrical plays with political and social themes. The idea was to reflect the plays’ content through the self-portraits, using colors, illustration & photography to tie the series together.
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Poster and collateral designed for CSULB Annual Winter Festival Concert.
Series of posters for CSULB California Repertory Fall 2018 theatrical plays with political and social themes. The inspiration for the posters came from Russian constructivism and Bauhaus typography. The goal was to create designs that are bold, impactful and able to catch the viewer's attention.
An interactive illustration based on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood.
The wolf tent is literally ribbed with bones, grandma, little red and skeleton pillow were made and a fully functional stomach sleeping bag hungry for food!
Photo Credit to Romana Vera
Branding & marketing collaterals for Matias Ocana’s industrial design/production company in Hawthorne, California.