Growing up I always used to admire murals, whether they were in El Paso or anywhere else. Something I noticed was that a lot of graffiti murals were signed C/S, but I never knew what it meant and no one ever told me. Years passed and I didn't think about it's mysterious meaning until last year when I went to Los Angeles and saw some of the murals. Sure enough some of them had the C/S. Not only that, but I read a book called Drink Cultura by José Antonio Burciaga and it has a chapter dedicated to Con Safos. He signs off every chapter with an C/S. That is when I learned it's meaning.
No one knows the exact origin of Con Safos or who was the first to use it, but it is used a lot in graffiti. Con Safos literally means "with safety". "It was meant as a safety precaution, a barrio copyright, patent pending." (Burciaga, 1993) Con Safos is like an honor code or even an "amen". In other words it means "anything you say against me will bounce back to you." (Burciaga, 1993) In literature, the C/S is also more of that of an "amen."
Burciaga does a good job of explaining it, I finally understand why it's so important. Every time I see one, I smile back in respect. I hope everyone can one day why it is important: both symbolically and culturally.
Burciaga, J. A. (1993). Drink Cultura. Santa Barbara, CA: Joshua Odell Editions.
The phrase above is something that I have heard all my life, however, I feel like I have been hearing it more often. Honestly, ever since starting this website I can't keep up with events on both sides of the border! This past weekend the Festival Sin Fronteras took place at Juárez and I could not go because there is so much going on, which is why I have a "problem" with that statement. If you ever find yourself thinking "there is nothing to do" then I have a few suggestions that way you and your friends are connected to different events and/or activities going on on both sides of the borders:
The list can go on! If you still feel like there is nothing to do, then DM us at @desertofmyeye for suggestions!! Thank you and enjoy!! Hope this helped a little. -Pao.
Orange sunsets here
Blues and purple hues appear
Vanish like our days
Border life is cool
No wall will separate it
El Paso/ Juarez
Sharing customs, food, love
two cities, one "pond"
It hurts to see hate
I want love for my people
Mexas y Gringos
*** All haiku's by and for Desert of my Eye** (Pao Calleros)
I usually post playlists recommendations under the music tab, however, this one is a random playlist recommendation in different languages because life lately. Some are old and some are new. I think these songs are pretty reflective of my mood for the past two weeks. Enjoy:
Sorry for the random suggestions, but life can be random at times.
Many who aren't familiar with the word chida/chido have been asking lately: "what does it mean?" Chido is usually used in the Spanish to signify "very cool" or "agreeable". Like if your friend is wearing some badass shoes then you would say "Que chidos tus tennis!" If your friend tells you a story about what he is doing and you agree then you can say "chido" or even "chido tu pedo guey". This word is used in very versatile ways.
In the case of this small passage, the title and shirt indicate: "Ta Chida Mi Vida". The literal translation of that is " My life is awesome". Chida is such a great word word because it can signify it (whatever you are referring to) is more than cool. Next time you want to say cool say, "chido"! Try it!
** shirt available at Chuco Relic: www.chucorelic.com