At 19, Jessica Manalo was studying at UNLV, intending to graduate. It was everything her family wanted of her, but nothing she wanted.
Two years ago, Ashley Vargas was hospitalized after a failed suicide attempt. A piece of paper and a small pencil became her keys to recovery.
Growing up, Bertha Piña always saw ballet folklórico, or Mexican folk dancing, at family gatherings. It was in her teens that her appreciation for the tradition deepened.
For years, Amanda “Rawky” Lozano made mix tapes for friends. She would often frequent art and music blogs, but noticed a lack of women represented on these sites.
“Turquoise Chief”, as he goes by, owns a the store A Traders Turquoise Chief at 1000 Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas.
Ronnie Brust is the brains behind Illuminated Couture, where he creates light-up clothing and head pieces with painstaking attention to detail.
He had a full-time job in graphic design, but the job became unfulfilling. Social and political issues galvanized him to establish Recycled Propaganda, the pseudonym for his artwork.
At one point he was homeless in the Pacific Northwest, being arrested for tagging trains and walls, but also painting model trains to make money.
Between the ages of eight and 14, Clarice Tara lived under an umbrella of mental abuse from her mother’s boyfriend. At 14, she left to live with her father, whose abuse of drugs drove Clarice to forms of self-abuse herself.
The group BARS, or “Brothers Are Radically Superb,” combine turfing, bone breaking, popping, and anything that inspires them to put on a improv-based theatrical show of raw self-expression.