Malicia is a born and raised Juárez artist who describes her artistic style as “bordertown pop melancholic surrealist illustration.” Growing up with the US only steps away from her house, Mexican culture and border life is a heavy influence on the melting pot of her art. Her progres- sive parents, witchcraft, rock n’ roll, and other classic icons of mainstream art are subverted in her surrealist fantasy. The painting, page left, Camelia la Tejana, is how she envisioned the woman in a famous corrido song by Los Tigres Del Norte. This song in particular told of a woman who shot her narco lover after picking up kilos of cocaine for him, only to be told to take her half and leave, so he could be with his love, another woman. Corridos, a poetic ballad and genre of Norteña music, are said to be real stories, and Malicia always imagined the wom- an took the money to Europe, bought Versace pants, but would stop on the way and get drunk in the desert, mourning the loss of the traitor.

On the night we hung out in Juárez, we stopped in her favorite bar with old news clippings of Mexican trans women performing in bars in the 1930’s, and climbed over trains while run- ning from stones being thrown at us from... Well, we don’t know because we got away. Malicia is currently working on directing her first short film and is, quite possibly, one of the baddest bitches I have ever met.