Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

HANGING W HOMIES.(Final)

Byline: Aurelio Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

DAVID GONZALES' BARRIO FIGURINES STILL CAUSING A TINY SENSATION

Mosca, a sinister-looking veterano wearing dark oversize "mad-dog" sunglasses, black gloves and baggy clothes, glares menacingly.

Standing next to him is Gata, a buxom raven-haired beauty with come-hither eyes, slinky black halter top and flowing locks that fall to her knees.

Meanwhile, Hollywood, sporting swept-back wavy hair, goatee and mustache, and fashionable silver suit and tie, leans to one side elegantly.

Sharply detailed and barely 2 inches high, the tiny toy figurines known as Homies are obtainable for 50 cents apiece from gumball vending machines, restaurants, grocery stores and flea markets.

They've become a phenomenom not only in areas with significiant Hispanic populations, like "Burque" and "Califas," but have even caught on with suburban kids in places like Utah and Pennsylvania.

Collected by people of all ages across racial lines, the streetwise, hip-hop tokens of cool can be found in homes or offices where they can be arranged in tiny barrios set up on table tops, counters or computer tops.

California resident David Gonzales, who once sold T-shirts illustrated with Homies in Albuquerque and Taos, is the creator of the amazingly realistic little figures. …

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