Julio Salgado and Janet Mock Upgrade the Inspirational Quote with “Heroes”

You know those inspirational quote posters you can get for your fancy corporate office? They’re framed and they say thinks like “CREATIVITY” and “COURAGE” with pictures of mountains and junk and white people doing yoga or something. This is like that, but way way way better.

Activist, author and possibility model Janet Mock teamed up with openly undocuqueer, Mexican-born artist and DREAM defender Julio Salgado to create these badass images, titled “Heroes.” Mock contributed the words in the form of quotes about the people who inspire her most. Salgado created gorgeous images of Mock in the style he is known for — illustrations that get into your heart with their sincerity and an underlying current of fierce, fierce love.






Are you having emotions yet? Yeah, I know. Beautiful work from two people who inspire me all the time: in my activism, in my creative work, in my daily life. If you haven’t read Mock’s book, Redefining Realness, I highly suggest you get on that. Check out more of Salgado’s work, which focuses on the intersections of sexuality, gender, immigration status, and race and maybe buy a print for your corporate (or not corporate) office.

If you could get an amazing artist to illustrate your heroes and sheroes, who would be on that list? Who inspires you?

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KaeLyn is a 39-year-old (femme)nist activist, word nerd, and queer mama. You can typically find her binge-watching TV, standing somewhere with a mic or a sign in her hand, over-caffeinating herself, or just generally doing too many things at once. She lives in Rochester, NY with her spouse, a baby T. rex, a xenophobic cat, and a rascally rabbit. You can buy her debut book, Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution if you want to, if you feel like it, if that's a thing that interests you or whatever.

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  1. these images made me all warm and fuzzy when i saw them on tumblr.
    julio salgado is a force. can we just put his art all over the world? on all the billboards and blank crap ass corporate office buildings and on the trains and in the street?

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