I Love my Teeth

These overexposed photographs tell the tale of an underexposed side of society. Fries, cats, and credit cards camouflage Regina Padilla Saez and artist 9’s characters.

She’s a woman without formal education. He’s a graffiti artist against the grain, against the law. She taught herself to write and read at the age of 17. He entered the scene in 1991. She worked as a housewife to sustain herself. Through the pursuit of his art, he faced constant confrontations. They both turned to drugs. They meet in self-sufficiency and addiction; the failure of social integration, the vows that were valid to anybody but them; the eyes that always looked the other way.

There is pleasure in the pain, and inevitably, there is beauty in what convention would refer to as the beast. By using fashion as his force of freedom from formalities, Clears Bow seeks to push the limits of traditional storytelling. These images, produced in collaboration with Fuckyougrillz and photographed by Alba Robbins, not only glamorize what was lost but also highlight what should never have gone missing. The outcome dares us to question what we consume and what stereotypes we subscribe to.

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