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Getting to know the BL team!

If you’ve seen one of the famous Being Latino staff cartoons and thought, “I want one!!” Then you need to know BL’s Digital Illustrator, Joshua “Xeno” Martinez. Xeno says, “I was approached by Lance Rios to become apart of the team.  When I first heard about Being Latino I was admiring the work of Derek Santiago via his 5-Day Muse Project, and immediately become a fan of the page.  After a post about networking among Latinos, I had shared about a project I was working on with a film production company and became facebook friends with Lance after that.  Eventually, I was commissioned to do portraits for Lance as a means of promoting it to the BL team, and here I am today.”

Xeno being Xeno

Twenty random things you didn’t know about…

What did you want to be when you grow up?
To be honest, I wanted to be a little bit of everything.  My goals ranged from being a comic book artist, to a political activist, to a dancer/singer, to a lawyer, to a social worker, and then a psychologist.  I swear I was a busy kid with a lot of aspirations, and a desire to be more than I was then.

Favorite subject in school and why?
I would have to say that my favorite subject was most definitely social studies.  I have a fascination with history and mythology as well.  I feel it influences my artwork at times, and think that it’s extremely interesting to see history’s continuous repetition.

First purchase upon winning the lottery?
This is going to be a bit shameful, but a flat screen TV.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love to live in Australia, and only cause I think their accents are sexy.

What is one of the quirkiest things you do at work?
Well, when I’m bored at work I bust out a southern accent for entertainment.  My co-workers usually can’t help but laugh at it.

Which cartoon character does your personality most resemble?
Ummm…Xena: Warrior Princess was a cartoon at some point, right? I love that show so much and relate to the character in so many ways. =D

What is your favorite Spanish word or phrase?
It definitely has to be “por tu vida.”  My family, friends, and I use it all the time.

What is your specialty in the kitchen?
Apparently my specialty is breaded chicken cutlets.  I made them for a party I had back in August of last year, and am still getting requests to make them again.

What would readers never guess about you by looking at your artwork?
I guess people would never guess that I’m a big old corn ball and just love to laugh, and have a good time.


Any hobbies?
I love to read and watch movies.  I’m a big fan of Japanese animation too. I can watch hours and hours of anime.

If money were no object, what would you be doing now?
I’d be working as a full-time artist and own a gallery specifically for up coming artists from low income communities, in order to give them a chance to showcase their talent.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
I left a well paying job in order to pursue my art, and left a predictable life so that I could to enter one unknown.

What do you read to stay in-the-know?
To be honest, I read the Being Latino Magazine.

What do you read for fun?
I am a HUGE fan of Laurell K. Hamilton and absolutely love reading her Anita Blake novels.

Name one ‘weird’ fact about you.
I have four nipples.  I know that sounds weird, but when I was born I was supposed to have a twin and although I grew, my twin didn’t.  From my mom’s standpoint I ate my twin, and only have their two nipples as proof of their existence.  The nipples are extremely small though and look like little dots on my chest.

Any other talents besides drawing?
I love to write, as well as sing and dance.

What the world needs now is compassion to stop governments from being so selfish and truly help their people and not just talk about it. Leaders need to check their ego and truly listen to the people. Instead of talk, be about it!

What is your favorite thing about Being Latino?
The team. It might be cheesy but I love the familia that we have created, and all the support that we continuously give to one another on a daily basis.



Digital Illustrator, Xeno Martinez


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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