A mythological creature who sucks the blood of goats. My illustration is a combination of oral descriptions of sightings documented throughout Puerto Rico and all of Latin America since the mid-90’s until recently. Stories are said to have been told as far back as Aztec times.
Woodblock print, 2014
An urban myth of a man who exists as a defender of social justice in Mexico City wearing red tights, a cape, with a red & yellow Lucha Libre mask. His persona was inspired by the legendary wrestlers such as El Santo who fought crime and evil to defend the poor. El Superbarrio began mobilizing people after the 1985 Mexico City when he helped organize relief efforts for earthquake victims. Through his activism he has been able to organize hundreds of political rallies and resolve disputes regarding income distribution, unemployment corruption, housing, and labor rights. His lore continues as many tell stories of him in action.
Bailando con el Diablo/ Dancing with the Devil
Amyth from the city of Tijuana, Mexico that tells of a young beautiful woman who goes to dance with her girlfriends. Many potential suitors approached her to invite her to dance but she denies them one by one. A handsome mysterious elegant man dressed in a dark suit with a silk tie approaches her and convinces her to dance. This time she accepts but after dancing for a while, she realizes he has evolved into the devil with horns on his head. All of a sudden the couple are enveloped in flames and disappear forever from the dance floor.
Folkloric tale in southern Mexico and Guatemala about an attractive female who lures intoxicated men into danger before revealing her face to be that of a horse and then she murders them.