Ines Estrada is a cute little 18-year-old who lives in Mexico City and looks European for no reason. She makes comics that are a lot like her. They are goofy and pretty and fun to look at. We ran one of them yesterday, as a matter of fact. She talks about living like a "boom" because her accent makes her pronounce "bum" that way. Her laughter comes out "ha hrah hrah har!" She speaks in broken English in a way that is endearing and she types that way too. She is a fountain of creativity and makes all sorts of beautiful drawings, paintings, animated gifs, stuffed animals, stickers, and earrings. She is broke and happy and does awesome shit.
Vice: You are a Mexican with blue eyes and light skin. What's up with that?
Ines: I don't know. Everyone asks me that, and they all think I'm foreign. "Where are you visiting from?" Once it was free day for Mexicans at the anthropology museum and they wouldn't let me in, and then my friend Emanuel wasn't helping at all telling them, "Don't believe her, I know she's from Belgium." I had to show them my ID. My grandparents were from different places around here, Tlacotalpan, Campeche, Mexico City... so I guess we must be from some old Spanish descend or something like that.
My editor thinks you look like the old children in Akira. What do you think about that?
Haaaa that's so coooool I want to make myself into a giant toy of toys and scare people too gruhugrh.
What's Mexico like?
It's like a giant horrible-smelling pudding with lots of sparkly colorful chips. Street markets everywhere, lots of people everywhere, and neighboorhoods in which you have extreme poverty on one side of the street, and right across, giant houses of extreme riches. It's horrible and beautiful at the same time. Everyone is lazy and we like to party all the time!!! And eat delicious things.
What's your take on Speedy Gonzalez?
He's pretty stupid. Slowpoke Rodriguez knew what's up.
Tell me about your recent trip to New York.
It was really nice, and whenever I go to the states I feel like I'm in an amusement park because everything is so signalized and clean. Everyone who works in food things is Mexican so I talked to them in Spanish, but they answered to me in English pretending they didn't know a thing. That was weird, I guess they felt bad I was there all touristy and they're there working their backs off in some shitty job...
It was nice hanging out with other people who draw stuff, I can only do that with my boyfriend here.
If you think New York is clean you should see Germany. That place is so clean it is comparable to Disneyland.
...Aren't you going to ask me about my drawings?
Fine! Tell me about your drawings!
I draw all the time with anything I have in hand and if I don't have any I go around looking for funny shapes in things. Right now I'm really into making books and booklet zine things.. and putting stickers in my drawings!
What do you like about cats? You draw cats all over the place. You drew cats on top of my drawings even. I don't like cats very much. I think they are gross.
Aawhhhhhh I love cats! I love animals in general. Whenever I pass by a dog or cat I go all awwww, melting in cuteness stupidity. I reaaaally like them, I dont know why, though I would never have one. Having a pet is like a having a furry kid that will never grow up and you will always have to pick up his shit and hairs. So instead of having one I draw a lots of them!
When will you dump your boyfriend, Roi, for me?
I don't think any time soon.
Maybe we just kill him together and split the profits then, huh?
Thanks for the idea! Roi and I should be doing that to you instead.
You are so cute and everything you make is cute too. Do you think the cute thing comes from a reaction to Mexico? You've said that it stinks like poop and frying meat and people and gas all the time. Is Mexico full of cute things or are you escaping into a cute world?
Hehehe you think I make cute things...I think it's both. I draw about things I see everyday, and things I see in my dreams.
I'd like to live in a hole in the ground with snow and visible stars at night, and few people, or maybe no people. An Arctic burrow with all the delicious South American fruits growing around, Oaxacan embroidered blankets, and Chiapan woollen animals that would talk.
What's with those stuffed animals you're always making?
They're our bastard kids. Roi sews them and we stuff them and paint them together. We have a lot of fun doing them and hanging around looking for textiles, buttons and whatever other shit we think we can put to them. We just bought this big colored numbers you can iron on and I'm so excited to try them!
This is the comic we were maybe going to run yesterday but didn't.