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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.

 

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Digital Illustrator, Xeno Martinez

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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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About Joshua 'Xeno' Martinez

Joshua “Xeno” Martinez is simply an artist striving to find his artistic voice in a society that simultaneously promotes and limits self-expression. Previously active as a political activist for the fight against homophobia and racism, Xeno strives to create awareness about the importance of pride by focusing his artwork on blatant images of homosexuality and the queer community as a whole. By incorporating pop culture references into his artwork, Xeno desires to create a space where being “queer” is the norm; essentially taking ownership of a realm of society that is deemed for the straight community.

As a Latino man and a queer individual, Xeno Martinez understands the need to recognize our interconnected identities. People are not just simply one thing but rather a multitude of different identifications combined. Gay, male, brother, son, uncle, friend, artist, and entrepreneur, Xeno hopes that his art can shed light on the need for love and acceptance; not tolerance. Through his involvement in Being Latino, he hopes to further that while helping to foster dialogue about other issues surrounding the Latino community as a whole and the need for a unified front to combat prejudice.

You can check out Xeno’s art work at his facebook fan page, The Art Work of Xeno Martinez as well as his writings at Chronicles Of A Size Queen: The Expectations, Opinions, And Confessions Of One Gay Man.

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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