domingo, octubre 14, 2018


On the past month, I went to two different events, the first one was a presentation in La Morada restaurant on South Bronx. It event was about made paper with used paper and the topic was the immigration at the current situation under the Trump presidency. I went there for many reasons, the first one was that I wanted to check the work out that Mobile Print Power did with La Morada restaurant about this project that was connected with the Bronx Museum. The second one reason was to meet with the different organizations that were there representing the community and the last one was eat some Mexican food from La Morada restaurant. 

A couple of weeks after it event, I went to the NY Art Book fair in MoMA PS1, first, to do networking and second to look if there were some interesting publication, on Fanzine or Magazine format. I found several publications that caught my attention in, but I will dedicate another post to talk about that publications.

On both events, the people who were there gave me their personal cards or business card, as some of them called it. In the same time, they request me for my personal card, and unfortunately, at that moment I did have not it. This lack of personal cards came from a long time ago, also, long time ago I was thinking in make my personal cards through the web pages that offer that service online, but I never did, maybe because I was waiting for the right moment. 

I lost in both events the opportunity to let to these people know my work as publisher but I gained the time to think about how I wanted to make my personal cards. 

Finally, a couple of weeks after these events I realized in which way I wanted to make my personal cards. The way that I found to make my personal cards was the same way that I always try to use when I work on publications, the name of that way is D.I.Y. I wanted to show the result here. 

The materials that I used to do my cards were: a rubber stamp, carton and white blank sticker from the CD labels. 

I made the whole work, and I feel that I did it very well, and I think that some of the things that we need and we used every day on the daily basis we could make it for our self. 

Try it!

By Marcelo Arroyave
Transmitting from the beginning of the winter! Winter is coming, fuck!

martes, agosto 07, 2018


When I started to make the Sursystem Magazine I was to doing a workshop in my original city: Cali, it was a long time ago, when I was in the university and when I believed that I could change the world. The idea of the Sursystem magazine wasn’t just mine, there was another person, my friend from the university Harold, better known in Cali as The Zudakaboy; he was doing a workshop with me about Manu Chao and the world music and in the middle of this job we started to think about a magazine where we could to write about music, globalization and “mestizaje”, then, we started to build, first, the idea about the publication and then, the topics and finally, the magazine title. 


We worked together with the magazine for around four years, we made together 3 issues and then, He went apart to start to make his own Magazine that is called Satellite Sursystem. The last number of Satellite Sursystem is about the Salsa Music and its history in Cali, Colombia and the Caribe. My friend Harold sent me it with my sister around 6 months ago, and it is a beautiful publication with very interesting essays, articles, and stories, also, the graphic design that was made by Carlos Carrillo -in my opinion, the best graphic designer in Cali and also in Colombia- is really amazing, beautiful, awesome... I don’t have more words to describe their beauty. 


The way that I chose to said thank you to my friend for sending me the last edition of his publication was to making a Magazine Sursystem 3R to him. I sent it to him with my sister when she was back to Colombia around five months ago. I hope Harold will enjoy my magazine that is handmade such as I enjoyed his magazine when I got it. His magazine Sursystem was the first magazine that I made in 2018. 


Marcelo Arroyave
Eternal Member of the Collective Sursystem
Transmitting From South Bronx.

domingo, marzo 04, 2018


The last November my friend invited me to an event in Ace Hotel in Manhattan, there was a Japanese collective who have a company called Traveler’s Company. They were there to do a workshop with their product Traveler’s Notebook. Meet to them there was a great surprise to me because I am a producer and editor of fanzines, magazines and books and long time ago, when I started to do my first fanzines and magazines, I dreamed with my own publishing house where the people could buy my fanzines, magazines, and books and also they could make their own fanzines or books with the material that the company offered to them. In my dream, everything would be handmade and the work process inside the editorial would be horizontal. Unfortunately, sometimes the life shows you that your dreams couldn’t be real due the life itself. But, I was so happy in that workshop looking how my dream became real through other people from the opposite side of the world -regardless their project is too Hipster to me. Due to my special relationship with the Japanese culture, I checked that it project went far from just made notebooks and books, they developed all kind of accessories in order to decorate and personalize the traveler notebook. The experience with Traveler’s Company from Japan was fantastic and totally amazing. I am very grateful to my friend for taking me there. 

A promotional newspaper and a little fanzine from TF that I took in their workshop in Ace Hotel.

Different kind of papers offered by TF in the Ace Hotel workshop

A table in the Ace Hotel lobby with Different kind of papers offered by TF in the Ace Hotel workshop

Travel notebook offered by TF in Ace Hotel workshop

Travel notebook offered by TF in Ace Hotel workshop

Marcelo Arroyave

lunes, enero 15, 2018




The last week of December my friend invited me to go to her home to pass the new year with her family and friends. It was in Cumming, Georgia, on a typical north America suburb next to the Lanier Lake. I was there for one week and we did a lot of things through these days.

Before I left NY to go there, I started to think was what the best gift for my friends if they have everything that a typical north America family could to buy? Of course I though in make a Sursystem 3R for them like a way to show my love and my care for them, but also, like a way to said to them that outside to there are another different ways to live and the most important thing: different ways to see our world. 

This is the Sursystem 3R Magazine number seven, the last magazine that I made in 2017. 


Marcelo Arroyave

sábado, diciembre 09, 2017


On my last post, I said that I did my first six Sursystem 3R, but I only showed 5 of them. The number 6 was difficult to make because that one is for the person who helped me to make the art on the cover and the backcover in two of the first five, and she is an artist plenty of talent and good ideas and it means that I can't make her SSyS_3R in a simple way. The problem is that I am not an artist and I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make that magazine and that the results were good and she would like it. However, here is the SSyS_3R number 6, finally, I hope it will like to her and I wish don't spent a lot of time trying to make the next magazines.


The nice thing when you aren't an artist and you start to do this kind of work is that your imagination becomes fastest and new ideas coming to you, it happened with this copy. I added new content from another art magazine into the Sursystem in order to make it more beauty and unique.

The last thing that I want highlight is that all the material that I used to made it, are from the workplace of my friend, from the plastic bag where the Sursystem is in, to the material to make the collage that is on the cover and back cover, until the pages that I put here in this post and that are inside it.