We all know that nothing is perfect. Our modern society included. Many things are problematic and troubling, and even though we notice them, we are not too fast to work on fixing pressing social issues.

Al Margen, an illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, creates depressing drawings pinpointing the world problems of our times. He creates dark drawings that are sometimes louder than words and are extremely thought-provoking. The author himself is very critical about his works and talks about them in a really artistic manner: "They are children of boredom, nonconformity or anger. <...> They are the representation of discarded ideas. They are the garbage of the subconscious. But they are more visceral and sincere than other sad drawings because they have no obligation to please. <...> Because they were born only by an impulse and nothing more. Because they were born to annoy because they show the problems with society."

Take a look at some of his satirical works on social problems below and let us know which one was your favorite.

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varwenea
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A viewer/reader needs to be judicious on how they process info. Information is rarely absolute. Hero and villain are often opposite sides of the same coin; just a matter of perspective.

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varwenea
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so horrible and so true. Sad for the child.

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Jeremie Guerra
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those drawing are really dark and powerfull!

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nameme the undieing
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know how it feels to walk up dollar stairs and be met with a dick to the face

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Alia Gail
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate seeing old buildings knocked down, or old businesses going out, or anything like that. It makes me so sad.

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Tina Nebiolo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When the mind's defense mechanism is to drown the possibility of thoughts in music.

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Kane Cheung
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Peace does not always bring about freedom. And not hard to become a prisoner of peace. Bane said it best, victory has defeated you.

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Stefania PiovPr
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think , socety tries to make you look mad if you have different opinions ...or ideas

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bon dok
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some refugees couldn't find a land

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Allie Orona
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's hard to be a kid in a money-less family, when the parents won't change their lifestyles to the lesser amount of money they now have. You have to give up so much of yourself to try to make things better, as far as money goes, and it all goes down the drain anyway. It really, really sucks.

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Ποιητικό Αίτιο
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Look at that. He's only chained by his mind. His feet and arms are let free. And the chains leading to his mind are connected to negligible obstacles. It's the mind that's keeping you away from love...

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Rogue Angel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shackled to the internet. So true. So many people live their lives on the Net, they forget there's a life away from it.

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Alex Libre
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's more to do with stereotyping and how we view people based on a few arbitrary "defining" characteristics. Rich people are greedy, fat people only think about food, police officers are just out to stop people from having fun, and a beautiful woman is just a beautiful body. Flawed thinking.

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Edouard Youssef
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The one think too much of the past, the other one is embarrassed by the future and the third one can't live the present day, so they all come here to take their "carpe diem" pils...

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Cheryl Adams
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Turn off consumer mentality. We're supposed to care for the earth, not consume it.

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Martin Forbes
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With these drawings, as I believe most of us get what the artist is trying to say here, its clear that we really are in a dystopian society and we just don't see it because we don't want to see it. sigh...

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Danielle Scott
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really? I see power stripping away dignity, strength, and freedom from helpless individuals & obliterating them

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Kari Ann Popovic
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How about he who has help and access to better technology is going to produce more than one who's working with old technology on their own. It's about the inherent advantages in the class disparity that leads those who don't even see what they have as an advantage to think they're simply better, or that others are less: less clever, less creative, less able.

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love is blind. You will open the door to your heart and let them walk right in if you don't know the person and only go by appearances, and they could be hiding their intent to do you harm.

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cyberbird
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Two different outcomes with the same potion

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Bridgitt Belanger
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Her blood, sweat, and tears have gone down the drain as a college graduate.

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Patti
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The price she had to pay to get there

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Jessica Roose
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dude takes pills either for drug addiction or Rx and it alters his state of mind so that he is unable to write. Everything that comes from him goes to waste hence the trashcan

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Finger nails have a nail bed, so the roses under the nail of the fingers with wedding rings are "a bed of roses". The barbed wire represents a prison you can't escape from. What they though was bliss when they got married turns out to be a life sentence. The man and woman are popping up from a toaster. They are done, dry. Their love has dried up. From her head is a spool of silk. A spring silkworm produces silk until it dies. There is a Chinese thought that likewise, giving one's thought to another person is like a spring silkworm producing silk until it dies. He has a banana on his head. There is a book called Mr. Bananahead at Home about Mr. Bananahead who tries hard to do all the chores on Mrs. Bananahead's list but can't get them right. So the symbolism on their heads means even though they both have tried to to please each other, in the end it is no good, if that is all they do. It is too consuming and they dry up as people.

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cyberbird
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, instead of commiting suicide, he prefers to destroy his memories. Nice move.

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Nickie Pacheco
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The life of social media. Everyone posts looking for validation via likes. Only to find opposition from people close to them.

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Jessica Roose
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is a prostitute. Her tongue holds powerful men in her prison. Bc with the ability to blackmail she has power over them with the words she speaks. The only one who pleases her is her drugs where she can find escape from what it is she does.

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Arshad Ali
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ayer means yesterday in Spanish and his mind is a pencil being shaven (wasting away) because all he can focus on is the past.

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