South American and Mexican narcos doing business

South American and Mexican narcos doing business

I’m posting a series of illustrations about the drug war I was commissioned to do recently. I am fascinated with the topic and have been following it. I am content with the way the Obama administration has been responding to the issue. I am glad that the US government is acknowledging that it is as a large a player in the drug business as are the Mexican narcos and corrupt Mexican officers.




The large majority of the guns that have responsible for the deaths and mayhem in Mexico come from the US. Most of them are in fact bought legally. The US government needs to have stricter gun laws, or at the very least tighten security at the border to prevent both the smuggling of weapons in to Mexico and the smuggling of drugs into the US.



Further as long as there is demand its going to be profitable to supply that market. The narcos in Mexico might one day be stopped, but drug traffickers in other parts of the world, whether it is in China, Haiti, anywhere really, are going to spring up to fill the vacuum. I would encourage the US government to develop health programs that help addicts become free of their addiction, rather then wasting those resources incarcerating petty offenders.


I’m also posting this piece, which I haven’t finished yet. It is about the actual production of the cocaine. There are interesting videos of how it is produced on youtube: It’s full of nasty shtuff, gasoline and what not. The farmers that grow in South America often don’t have better options and growing coca is what they can do to survive.


To see larger versions of my images check out my website: or email me

I am looking for magazines and newpapers that are interested in my images. Any body have suggestions for how i can get in touch with Art Directors for the Economist, The New York Times Magazine, etc?


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2 Responses to “Narcocorridos”

  1. Big Fat River Rat Says:

    It took me some time to get back to you, but I am pleased to know that you are ok with my posting of your work.
    I have seen plenty of Southwestern Art, but your’s is really good.
    I like this Narcos entry.

  2. Silver or Lead, the drug war in Mexico « Duncan Tonatiuh’s Blog Says:

    […] have an earlier post on the subject. This is a link to it: The illustrations in that post have backgrounds, etc. Marissa decided to use only the characters in […]

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