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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Amy Radie
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3 years ago

Too true.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

Black mirror-ish

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varwenea
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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

Those drawing are really dark and powerfull!

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Too many extra-academic obligations.

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Bob 3.0
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3 years ago

This perfectly sums up anorexia.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

I prefer coffee :)

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

2 seconds before a jaguar eats her face off

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

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

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

reminds me of dr who

Michaela Chrástová
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3 years ago

Right! This is what it reminds me...Silence!

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Cherryl Sagan
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3 years ago

The love of money is the root of evil.

Lira Mai
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3 years ago

even we don't love money, we still need it in order to survive. wither we like it or not.

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Rogue Angel
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3 years ago

Money buys silence. And once you're bought, you're a slave to it.

Cherryl Sagan
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3 years ago

It can be taken three ways: 1) Money is controlling him; 2) Those who need it the most are the poor and marginalized; 3) Politicians do not listen to the people who elected them and are out of control, cutting funds to programs that are meant to help the people mentioned in #2, while the rich get more and more.

Cringyafkid
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3 years ago

DOCTOR WHOOOOO!! DUN DUN DUUUUNNN!

Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

The bill is just $1 (not much value) and is U.S. currency. The stockade is a form of punishment for committing a crime. No mouth (can't speak, and no say in the U.S.). The United States puts no value on criminals and takes away their rights to vote.

Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

Or, crime does not pay, will land you in jail and take away your right to vote.

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Georgina Zarate
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3 years ago

Money is a tool to get dreams come true. But, some dreams do not need money. So be careaful . Let the money be fluid as water.. Always comiing and going. Great drawing .I think one of the best.

SnoopyCereal
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3 years ago

He's in so much debt that the bank took his mouth!

Cee Mac
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3 years ago

He has no say....

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Tal Malka
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3 years ago

That's exactly how I feel

Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Just working for.money

Paul Bryson
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3 years ago

Slave to the money

Lyn Limpert
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2 years ago

If we lived in a different society where we all helped one another, this would only be an occasional problem.

Robert Snow
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2 years ago

Debt 😪

Kathryn Myrman
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3 years ago

slave to the money

Jen Rothfeld Rice
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3 years ago

Shackled in the name of the almighty dollar.

daniellabob
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3 years ago

every one can be bought!! therefor work ,pay your dues and shut up.

Tatiana Gomez
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3 years ago

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An Faaij-Nulle
Community Member
3 years ago

Out of England?

John Ashley
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3 years ago

Found the socialist. If you have to be a slave, better to be a slave to money than a slave to the (typically mindless)masses.

Mike Soussan
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3 years ago

Al Margen (meaning On The Margin) is a magazine, Lucho Fernandez is the name of the illustrator

Kevin Noble
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3 years ago

TRUTH!

Kevin Noble
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3 years ago

Powerful artist!

Logan Watson
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3 years ago

love the attention to detail of the dollar

Marieange Dobresk
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3 years ago

Wow. All of these are so thought provoking. The family of "mouths" is heartbreaking

Patrice Sims
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3 years ago

the almighty dollar.....smh

Barry Parker
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3 years ago

Isn't that Ryan Reynold's as deadpool in Wolverine: Origins?

Hannah Ross
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3 years ago

If I open my slit will you feed me?

FINDING PURPOSE
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3 years ago

We all are slaves of something or the other and only have the power to set ourselves free

nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

your purpose is to pass butter

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Alia Gail
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3 years ago

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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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

'I woke up like this'

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Diana Lazar
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3 years ago

Tinder?

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

It reminds me a scene from Midnight Express

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

A baby machine to feed a hungry world.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Crimefighting sistem dissected

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Tina Nebiolo
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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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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Sweep the Leg
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3 years ago

I really like this one!

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Stefania PiovPr
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3 years ago

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

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

In today schedule no need for brains.

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bon dok
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3 years ago

Some refugees couldn't find a land

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Allie Orona
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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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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Taylor Chrisley
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3 years ago

Domestic Violence

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Edouard Youssef
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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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

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Amy Noble
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3 years ago

They don't fit

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Kaeli McIntyre
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3 years ago

anxiety

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Kane Cheung
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3 years ago

Biological clock is ticking

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Stealing other people's ideas ?

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Jennifer Nicholson
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3 years ago

mowing down the resistance

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Brandon Paltoo
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3 years ago

Plastic surgery

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It was Mark!
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3 years ago

The thinker. Planting more seeds to ponder about.

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

Trapped by TV

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Cheryl Adams
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3 years ago

Cue the Kardashians.

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Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Religion as big buck business.

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Birchy Cat
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3 years ago

Surrogate

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Cup half empty or half full

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

She graduated and now she's in deep shit? In the real world? This one is lost on me

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Patti
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3 years ago

The price she had to pay to get there

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Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Finding inspiration.

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Jessica Roose
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3 years ago

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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Patti
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3 years ago

Horse power

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

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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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

It's a diary. Maybe his thoughts are destroying him

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Nickie Pacheco
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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

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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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Possessiveness

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Arshad Ali
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3 years ago

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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Drew Williams
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3 years ago

Staying Squared Away with Military Service

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Cala Sophia
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3 years ago

She looks at him as her knight in shining armor. She sees the man as her warrior, her savior. People generally look to other people to complete them.

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