I’m half Mexican, and if you’re anything like me, you celebrated Cinco de Mayo a few days ago by watching some of your favorite Mexican American films from the ‘80s & ‘90s and eventually made your way to Allison Anders’ 1994 classic, Mi Vida Loca – falling in love all over again with the tough yet endearing cholas, Mousie and Sad Girl. Thanks to artist Michael Jason Enriquez, my inner 16 year old is crushing pretty hard over all the celebrities he has Cholafied. (I'm looking your way Amy Poehler!)
Michael explains all about it at his website.
"Cholafied comes from the mind of an LA kid who grew up in the 90's. It's a throwback to Chola gangster style: "Sharpied" eyebrows, dark lipliner, and the fumes from a can of Aqua Net. It's a product of LA where subcultures, celebrity obsession, street art, and stupidity are rolled up together like one of those bacon wrapped hot dogs sold on Hollywood Blvd."
He has done some masterful photo manipulation: removing eyebrows, adding them back in Sharpie, tattoo additions, and lip definition. Even more, he has given everyone their own unique nickname to go along with the new persona he created. I really love the variety of his work. He has tackled guys, girls, adults, children, musicians, actors and even fictional characters. (SPOILERS! Zombie Shane from The Walking Dead had me rolling!) There's definitely something for everyone to enjoy, but here are a handful of my personal favorites.
Michael's work on Cholafied has been in LA Weekly, the Huffington Post, Mashable, Vice, and many other news and media outlets. He actually gave the Today in LA crew "chola" makeovers too!
Have you ever done any similar manipulations in Photoshop? Which celebrity chola is YOUR favorite?