Bizarre "gangbanger skin" rugs

Mexican artist Renato Garza Cervera sculpts freakish rugs in the form of skinned gang members.

"Years ago I was watching TV at the house of an ex-girlfriend," he told The Creators Project. "We were watching an animation shortcut where a funny monster had in the floor of its house a green and red dotted hippopotamus rug. So I thought, 'That rug is quite anomalous: it’s not made out of a typical beast. It’s not a lion nor a tiger nor a bear. Those rugs apparently no longer represent fierce creatures, now they are endangered species: So what would nowadays be a beast or represent an animal-like, barbaric kind of bestiality?'"

The "skins" of the Latino male are tattooed with phrases connected to the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs of Los Angeles.

"They represent a group of Latin American and US-established societies who live in a difficult set of circumstances due to an odd system of political, economical, social issues, which are out of my reach and comprehension," Cervera says.

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  1. mns says:

    Wow, this is supremely fucked up. Calling gang members ferocious beasts speaks volumes about the entitlement of this artist. I shudder to think of the real beasts who would put this in their home.

  2. You know it's not real, right? Probably also not for sale. But hey, it got the guy on BoingBoing!

  3. Huh. Now here's an interesting conversation-starter. Not so much as something anybody'd display in their home, but as an artwork designed to kick you in the head and make you consider all the varied layers of meaning, many of which are indeed repellent to the imagination. Someone who has lost family members to members of these gangs might have a different visceral reaction to this than someone whose eye first goes to the racist subtext of it. Or they might not.

    And then we could consider what such a rug might look like to us were it fashioned in the likeness of, oh, say this guy:

    Yeah, I know it wouldn't be as visually interesting, to be sure.

  4. omems says:

    Now that's art!
    But he botched the name; should've called it a "Thug Rug."

  5. KXKVI says:

    wearing

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