Mexican artists confront violence with song, brush (AP)

In this photo taken June 17, 2011, painter Ricardo Delgado Herbert, 36, shows his paintings during an interview with The Associated Press at his atelier in Mexico City. Herbert, 36, began painting a series of portraits of monster-like hit men, with crooked teeth and eyes popping out, who are holding handguns or automatic rifles. He titled it 'Glorious Pistols from the A to the Zetas,' a reference to a drug gang, after seeing the commotion that followed a 2004 shootout between soldiers and gunmen in the border city of Matamoros. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)AP – Dozens of plastic foam heads rain onto the stage. Four drug traffickers in fringed jackets and sparkly pink cowboy hats bat them into the audience with toy AK-47s. All the while, the cast croons, “Let them slit our throats, let them pack us up … let them not ask any questions, let them not investigate.”

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