The Pachuco lifestyle (dress, language, and music) was a philosophy of resistance to assimilation, poverty, racism, and despair. —Michael Martínez, Codex of Pachuquismo. 

Michael Martínez. Codex of Pachuquismo. Fall 2011. Ink, acrylic paint, hand-made paper. Accordion book, 6 pages. 
This was the final project for my Art & Science: Theory and Practice class, of Fall 2011. For this piece I created a 6 page accordion book illustrating a condensed, non-linear, historical study of whom I believe to be the first Chicana/os: the Pachuco.
Combining poetry and colorful illustration, the book describes how African American youth culture in Harlem influenced the creation of the Pachuco (Zoot suits, poetic speech, etc). The book also illustrates the Pachuco embrace of indigenous roots, describing the mixture of Nahuatl, Spanish, and English into their vocabulary.
The Codex of Pachuquismo is meant to be an introduction to an important American counter narrative that evolved into a cultural renaissance (IE: the Chicano Movement), which continues to flower and grow throughout Mexican-American communities to this day.

The Pachuco lifestyle (dress, language, and music) was a philosophy of resistance to assimilation, poverty, racism, and despair. Michael Martínez, Codex of Pachuquismo. 

Michael Martínez. Codex of Pachuquismo. Fall 2011. Ink, acrylic paint, hand-made paper. Accordion book, 6 pages. 

This was the final project for my Art & Science: Theory and Practice class, of Fall 2011. For this piece I created a 6 page accordion book illustrating a condensed, non-linear, historical study of whom I believe to be the first Chicana/os: the Pachuco.

Combining poetry and colorful illustration, the book describes how African American youth culture in Harlem influenced the creation of the Pachuco (Zoot suits, poetic speech, etc). The book also illustrates the Pachuco embrace of indigenous roots, describing the mixture of Nahuatl, Spanish, and English into their vocabulary.

The Codex of Pachuquismo is meant to be an introduction to an important American counter narrative that evolved into a cultural renaissance (IE: the Chicano Movement), which continues to flower and grow throughout Mexican-American communities to this day.

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