WHO IS RASQUACHE? – Fred Martinez is Punk

“Fregado pero no jodido” “Down, but not out” is one of the ways that Tomás Ybarra-Frausto first articulated his theory of rasquachismo in 1988. Rasquachismo, he wrote, is “a vernacular system of taste” that results from “making do with what is at hand (hacer rendir las cosas).”[i]According to Ybarra-Frausto, rasquachismo “is rooted in Chicano structures of thinking, feeling, and aesthetic choice” and as such, is one idiom through which Chicanos/as can “theorize about their creations and their lives.”[ii] Rasquachismo, for Ybarra-Frausto, is about “survival and inventiveness,” an attitude that comes from dealing directing “with the material level of existence or subsistence.”

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