Episode 4 Las Ofrendas

“I walk in the world with multiple layers to myself — I’m queer, I’m Latina, I’m a mother, I’m an Indigenous person," says TK Tunchez. "All of the work I do with Las Ofrendas and Frida Friday has always been about, ‘How do we allow people to tap into their internal abundance?’” Tunchez’s Las Ofrendas pieces invite Austin’s queer and BIPOC commun...
Apr 18, 2024 — 1 min read

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TK Tunchez is the owner of Las Ofrendas and Frida Friday in Austin, Texas.

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TK Tunchez: Part of our magic as creatives is that we get to tell these beautiful stories, and it's part of what makes us resilient. And you can tell the story about the oppression that's happening in the world, or you can tell the story about the magic and the strength of your people. 

I walk in the world with multiple layers to myself. I'm queer, I'm Latina, I'm a mother, I'm an indigenous person. And so all the work that I do with La Frida Friday with building the communities has always been about how do we allow people to tap into their internal abundance?

I started making flower crowns because I was born on Dia De Los Muertos. As soon as I made it, I was like, I'm never going to stop making these. I was so excited about them. These were the NDAs, the offering I was making to our community. If you look good, you feel good, and if you feel like you look good, you're great.

Lean into your enjoyment. Be big. Be bold. Don't be afraid to be who you are. Take up the space that you need to take up in this world, and don't be afraid to do that. When I first moved back to Austin, I decided that I wanted to create a space where I would see myself, and that's how we started Frida Friday, ATX. And now we don't even do Fridays anymore. We do Saturdays and Sundays, and we do about seven events a month. What I started out of a desire for my own community became this beautiful community for many, many people. 

We really need to be intentional about creating intersectional spaces that represent brown and black and queer communities and allow us to live our biggest, boldest lives. And the way that you do that is by creating spaces that really embody fully people as they are in the complex ways they come into this world. You get to create your own growth, and my world is full of creativity. It's full of music, it's full of art, it's full of having the opportunity to express.

At the end of the day, when we create healing spaces, what is healing is that we're telling people, hey, you are actually perfect the way that you are.

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