Hola Chulas y Chulos! How are you? My chancla and I feel like we won the lottery because we came across Mike Alfaro’s Millenial Lotería artwork, which is basically an update of the artwork on the Mexican lotería game that so many of us grew up playing.
In case you don’t know what lotería is, it’s kind of sort of like bingo or at least that’s what everyone compares it to. The truth is that bingo is to lotería like an American BBQ is to a Mexican carne asada. They’re kind of the same, but with a totally different flavor, you know what I mean?
Alfaro now calls Los Angeles home, but he grew up in Guatemala where he was heavily influenced by American TV shows on cable. He has great memories of playing lotería when he was growing up, but now that he’s an adult and all he realized that the old cards could use a bit of an update and since he’s a bicultural product it makes sense that his recreations reflect that cultural fluidity.
It’s not like there haven’t been other reimaginings of the classic lotería game because there have been many. What sets Alfaro’s apart is this sort of tongue-and-cheek cleverness, a bit of social consciousness, the use of Spanglish and a big shout out to Millennials.
My chancla and I asked Alfaro the following questions and he graciously answered:
Will you be recreating all the cards or just the ones you think need updating?
At this time, I’m focusing mostly on creating the cards and putting them on my Instagram for my followers to enjoy. Right now, my artwork falls under parody, if I were to make a real millennial lotería set, I feel like that would compete against the original lotería and I don’t want to dilute their profits. Now, if Lotería would ever approach me about collaborating on a set with them, I would think that is fantastic. So many people wanna buy the game, they would probably find it profitable. I’ve seen some sites reporting that I’m selling the complete set, that is not true jaja. I wouldn’t even have enough cards right now. I do have prints of my parody work available.
Where’s my “sana, sana colita de rana” card? I’m kidding, but only kind of ’cause I totally want a print of one.
Then you’ll love what I’ve got coming up. You’ll have to follow to see what that one becomes. 🙂
He’s nice, no? So excited. In the meantime, check out some of the Millennial Lotería updates Alfaro has already created:
From La Sirena to La Selfie.
You know a pretty lady like La Sirena is gonna be a selfie queen.
From El Sol to El Global Warming.
Sorry, but only pendejos are still denying climate change.
From El Borracho to El VR.
Have you ever seen someone using a virtual reality headset? They look like they’re drunk AF.
From La Maceta to El Succulent.
This is like a combo of La Maceta and El Nopal. #Succulents are huge on Instagram.
From El Mundo to El DJ.
El DJ has got to be spinning some world music, don’t you think?
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From La Mano to El Nerd.
Representing Vulcan saluters with no shame in their game.
From La Bandera to El Pride.
This flag is de colores, baby.
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From La Escalera to La Border Wall.
It’s not clear yet who will be paying for the escalera propped up against the wall.
From El Negrito to El Gentrification.
Is an explanation really needed for this one?
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From La Dama to La Feminist.
Equal rights all the GÜEY.
From La Calavera to El Gluten.
No joke, if you’re intolerant, gluten kills.
From El Cotorro to El Twitter.
Who needs a cotorro to spread the chisme when Twitter does it faster?
From La Chalupa to El Uber.
Girlfriend’s gotta make money so bye-bye chalupa, but with this whole #DeleteUber movement she might want to switch to Lyft.
Even though you can’t buy an actual complete set of Millennial Lotería, you can buy some of Alfaro’s artwork here.
That’s it for this week’s The Flying Chancla Report. I love you mucho and remember, spread love, not chanclazos!