Everybody knows Leather Papi. If you don’t you should! This brand, created by the Chicana artist Gabriela, creates her own artistic world playing with the Chicano and pop culture, establishing the unestablished, not only with her art but with real arguments about what Chicana is all about. She’s empowering the realness and the diversity with her art exhibitions. We teamed up with the photographer Bibian Moreno to show you her work and more about her in the interview below.
Photo: Bibian Moreno
WHEN DID YOU STARTED THE LEATHER PAPI BRAND?
I started Leather Papi about 3 years ago, a friend of mine taught me the basics of screen printing. I never expected the brand to catch on. I sort of just started it with no expectations.
BESIDES LEATHER PAPI, WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR DAY TO DAY?
Besides leather Papi, I do performance art, I paint, and I make installations I model occasionally and sometimes I’m a dominatrix. I try and keep as busy as possible.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BEING MEXICAN LIVING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?
What I like the most about being Mexican and living in the states is having a community you can relate to, having your own culture. Enjoying the things your parents grew up with out missing out on it.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
My mom, I want to make her proud. She supports me, even though it’s hard for her to grasp some of my ideas or decisions, she is always there. She encourages me to keep pushing.
ANY FUTURE PLANS?
I plan on expanding the brand, have leather Papi in boutiques all over the world. Get a bigger team. The possibilities are endless.
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