Issue the Thirteenth: Broken Bones
We've put sex in front of you and bacon in front of you, but this is the first issue where I feel genuine trepidation about our subject matter. No, it's not sex with bacon, you pervs.
I'm telling you this so you'll understand where I'm coming from, and in turn where this issue is coming from. I'm an odd mix. I'm hispanic—but not chicana, not really latina. (Cubans are divided on whether or not we count as latinos—go figure—and I've got enough European stock in me to not even remotely resemble any of the latinos I've ever met. It made Minority Visit Weekend at Amherst quite awkward.) I grew up in the military and our family had friends from everywhere, but I can only remember one other hispanic neighbor. (She would make fresh tortillas, oh heaven.) I learned to speak slightly Puerto Rican flavored Spanish in high school, and while I'm nowhere near as fluent as I used to be, I can still hold my own in the present tense. I was chided once by a puertorriqueño for dating a chicano. ("We're Caribbean!" he insisted, explaining why he would be my better match.)
Because of all this, I have an endless fascination with what I like to term Pan-Hispaña. I am very aware of the cultural appropriation that happens in the West, and even more so in the US. So please understand that this issue was approached with all these things in mind. It is not an anthropologist's account, but it's not just collection of brightly-colored crap. It is about inspiration, sharing and interpreting culture, and creating things that are meaningful, silly, and/or painfully complex (because dude, we're still The AntiCraft).
Also, let me address the issue of timing. I am many stunningly awesome things, but I am
Lastly, for those of you who pay attention to copyright matters, with this issue we've switched over to Creative Commons licensing. It's a change that is long overdue, Gods know I've been talking about it for a good 18 months or more here at AC Headquarters. Anyway, each designer chooses how restrictive they would like their license to be (or they don't chose and we slap our default most-restrictive license on there), so you can look for the CC graphic at the bottom of each project and click on it to see exactly what is and isn't allowed. As always, you can contact us or the designers if you have questions about copyright (sometimes we might have to refer you to the designer, but we're always glad to try to help).
Madre de dios, these long and thoughtful letters are no fun to write! Go make some sugar skulls already!
P.S. If you are a US citizen over 18 who hasn't registered to vote yet I might just come break your legs. 'Nuff said.