March 23, 2020

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Jose Fresan

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A Man, A Ski Mask & A Pipe

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Marcos by Shepard Fairey (Obey) Delegate Zero, Teacher Galeano, and Subcomandante Marcos have been some of the many names that Rafael Sebastián Guillén Vicente has gone under; but more than his name, it’s his ski mask and his iconic pipe that are engraved forever in our culture. Born in 1957 …

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Marcos by Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Delegate Zero, Teacher Galeano, and Subcomandante Marcos have been some of the many names that Rafael Sebastián Guillén Vicente has gone under; but more than his name, it’s his ski mask and his iconic pipe that are engraved forever in our culture.

Born in 1957 in Tampico, Mexico, Marcos studied sociology and philosophy in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and taught for several years at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM). He left the academic life in the 80s and relocated to Chiapas, where he would become one of the most symbolic revolutionary figures in Mexico and the World.

In Chiapas, he became the spokesperson of the indigenous movement known as Ejercito Nacional Zapatista (EZLN) which aligns itself with the alter-globalization, anti-neoliberal social movement, seeking indigenous control over local resources. Marcos leading an uprising against the Mexican government in 1994.

There are few people in the world that know Marcos’ face, always hidden under the EZLN’s iconic ski mask; but it was his pipe that made him unique in the middle of thousands of ski masks covering the jungles of Chiapas. His revolutionary leadership made him famous around the world and his iconic look inspired thousands of artists, making his image almost as recognizable as Che Guevara’s. Nearly all EZLN villages contain murals with his image

Here are some examples of the art that Marcos has inspired.

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Viva La Revolucion by by Shepard Fairey (Obey)
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Sous Commandant Marcos, Idaho 2017 by Voxx Romana
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Subcomandante Marcos by Dan Carman
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Subcomandante Marcos by Alfredo Arreguin