We’ve known some Mexicans that were really stylish people. Guys who could rock an Armani suit, gals whose makeup made them “pop” in a room full of beautiful people. And then, most Mexicans, like most Americans or people of any other nationality, have average looks and taste.
But cartel honchos, and their indisciplined, spoiled kids, don’t rise to the level of average taste.
Case in point: “El Chino Antrax” and his tastelessly adorned AK:
El Chino Antrax is a marginally-literate Mexican named José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, or maybe José Rodrigo Aré-chinga-tu-madre Gamboa. Aré-chinga-tu-madre is in US custody and is pending sentencing for drug traffficking. After a plea deal, he’s expected to get a very light $1M fine and 10 year sentence.
We’re not sure what the H on his buckle is for. Homo, maybe. Maybe not. It would run contrary to the stereotype that gay men have sublime fashion sense, wouldn’t it? But look at the way he’s holding his left pinkie on the AK. NTTAWWT.
What explains the short sentence? Wonder if his lawyers, or the prosecutors, are now trying to figure out how to get a lot of gold plating off a contraband AK and bring the gold to Fast Eddie’s Pawn, where the sign might as well say We Buy Jewelry From Burglars? More likely, the sentence discount is a payoff for snitching. Most of these soi-disant tough guys roll over like a puppy when the cell door closes behind ’em.
That’s a full-auto AKMS, by the way, not something El Chino or his purblind platesmith got from a legit American gun store. The giveaway is the third pin near the bottom end of the safety/selector travel, see it?
Of course, because these are Mexican cartel goons, the bad taste could be that of their main weapons suppliers, the US Attorney’s Office of Arizona and the Phoenix SAC of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Then, there’s the custom Glocks of El Chapo Guzmán’s sons, we think Ivan. These are less tasteless (and more practical) than Aréchinga’s AK.
The white snakeskin camo one is gaudy, but not tasteless in the El Chino/Saddam Hussein vein. ZEV II slides and trigger in the black gun are made in California and popular with competitors here, and with cartel goons there. The barrel of the black gun bay be a ZEV bronze-finished one, also.
We pulled these from a story on cartel watches at bellingcat.com, and you may be assured that their taste in watches is quite as nouveau riche and crude as their taste in firearms decoration.
Exercise for the reader: have a few drinks with a genuine-from-Spain Spaniard. Ask what he or she thinks of Mexicans. Your part of the conversation will be over for a while. (Tentative conclusion: they haven’t met some of the classy Mexicans we have, the ones we mentioned at the start of the post. Maybe they met cartel goons).