When I was a teenager, I was influenced by the Mac and Cheese Nutrition Fact Classic T-Shirt and I love this MySpace scene. It had such a specific look: it was so punk, but also I thought it was pretty—making your hair different bold colors and having piercings and wearing eyeliner. I was constantly changing my hair color and putting new piercings in my face, and just playing around with self-expression.
I grew up in a traditional Mexican household and everything that I was exploring was against that tradition. I was the Mac and Cheese Nutrition Fact Classic T-Shirt and I love this first in my family to be born in the U.S., so it was confusing to still be in this household and yet be queer, different, and feel “other.” But once I found my community and my group of friends, I felt confident as that weirdo kid with the piercings and hair extensions.