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Art & Life with David Aguirre

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Aguirre.

David, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am from the San Fernando Valley. I grew up in the city of San Fernando, and as a result of many life experiences, I found an outlet in the arts and sports. I grew up playing a number of different sports; baseball, football, and hockey. Hence, my love for Los Angeles teams.

Music was my first artistic outlet- I was the lead singer of a band, Mindsets a Threat. The name a node to my favorite band- Rage Against the Machine, who I passionately attribute to the reason why I chose to pursue a college education and then go into teaching. Although I no longer teach, I will always see myself as an educator.

I still have various artistic outlets, but the one that I find myself dedicating my time to is pins.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
PINetration is currently my artistic outlet. I feel that the pins are a reflection of my childhood, my passions and my love for the city of Los Angeles. With a hint of my political agenda. PARA LA RAZA is the phrase I attach to my pins because I believe I was among the first to focus my attention on creating pins for Latinos and they are for the RAZA. The pin art came about as a result of my love of music and the pins I collected at concerts. As I sought out pins, I realized that there weren’t any artist that focused on themes or concepts that relate to the Latino experience. When I started creating pins, I focused on my interest in books, music, and movies. But as time went by I focused on creating pins with themes that brought nostalgia and represented our people. Some of the artist images I chose to interpret in my art are those we grew up listening to. And the food items are snacks that are unforgettably ingrained in my mind and heart.

I think that making these pins available with these specific themes allows Latinos to decorate their attire with pins. In creating these pins, I also realized that there were individuals outside the Latino community that found the pins unique, which I appreciate. So, I embrace all individuals that positively embrace our culture. My goal was to penetrate a person’s style with pins. Hence the name PINetration.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
Social media gives artists a platform, and we are lucky enough to still be around and be recognized for the uniqueness of the pins we make. While this is a great way to display our item, it allows for the opportunity for others to create their art based on some of the same themes. I believe we were the first to cater to the Latino community, but now pins with Latino concepts are so saturated that it’s hard to get credit for being among the first.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The pins are available on our website and on Etsy.

We take part in events throughout Los Angeles hosted by Molcajete Dominguero and Patches & Pins Expo. We have traveled to San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Ana through our relationship with these organizations. Follow us on social media for info on where we will be next. Aside from having the opportunity to work with these groups, we are also fortunate enough to have shops like Espacio1839 in Boyle Heights and Horchateria in Paramount and the city San Fernando carry our pins. There are also Latino museums locally and nationally that carry our pins.

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