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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4 years ago

Too true.

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Jeremie Guerra
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4 years ago

Black mirror-ish

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varwenea
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4 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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4 years ago

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

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Jeremie Guerra
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4 years ago

Those drawing are really dark and powerfull!

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cyberbird
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4 years ago

Too many extra-academic obligations.

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Bob 3.0
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4 years ago

This perfectly sums up anorexia.

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Jeremie Guerra
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4 years ago

I prefer coffee :)

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nameme the undieing
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4 years ago

2 seconds before a jaguar eats her face off

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nameme the undieing
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4 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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4 years ago

reminds me of dr who

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Alia Gail
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4 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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Cheryl Adams
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4 years ago

Who shall I be today?

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Diana Lazar
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4 years ago

Tinder?

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Jeremie Guerra
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4 years ago

It reminds me a scene from Midnight Express

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cyberbird
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4 years ago

A baby machine to feed a hungry world.

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cyberbird
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4 years ago

Crimefighting sistem dissected

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Tina Nebiolo
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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

I really like this one!

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Stefania PiovPr
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4 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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4 years ago

In today schedule no need for brains.

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bon dok
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4 years ago

Some refugees couldn't find a land

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Allie Orona
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

Domestic Violence

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Edouard Youssef
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

They don't fit

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Kaeli McIntyre
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4 years ago

anxiety

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Kane Cheung
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4 years ago

Biological clock is ticking

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Kari Ann Popovic
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1 year ago

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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Jennifer Nicholson
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4 years ago

mowing down the resistance

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Brandon Paltoo
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4 years ago

Plastic surgery

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It was Mark!
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4 years ago

The thinker. Planting more seeds to ponder about.

Amarinder Singh
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3 years ago

Yes it is the thinker but it how deteriorated growth of the thinker due to the society has caused a drain in his ability to think

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Ramon Daez
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3 years ago

Each seed of thought has sprouted a tree of questions, not knowledge. Each tree has yielded less and less questions. The next seed will not yield any questions. At the back, the questions have already wilted and died without any answers flower knowledge. The mind of an adult, but the body of an infant clearly, he needs help changing judging by the diaper, but it looks like the mind is constipated. Or We overthink our lives, we keep questioning ourselves, planting seeds of doubt, the only thing a thinker can plant is doubt. It starts with one question and eventually it becomes trees of questions wilting in a dessert of doubt, while the thinker will never outgrow the seeds of doubt clouding his mind. Stop over thinking start doing even if it means failing, answers will come from the experiences, not the what ifs that impede us when we let doubt take control.

Bryan Gooding
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3 years ago

I like the way you think....

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Rebecca Brogan
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4 years ago

What he has been pondering since birth.. the origins of life.

cyberbird
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4 years ago

Life´s a mystery from the begining.

Clubbaseal Aramaki
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4 years ago

Humanity has failed to evolve. We've been given so much time, and asked all the questions, but we still act like children, as if the fate of the world wasn't in our hands.

Ray Robles
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4 years ago

"Man's" ability to think, conceive, and create new notions is still in an infant stage. Although we may think we know so much, we really know so little, and all we can do as a species is continue to ponder.

Susan MacKenzie
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4 years ago

The human mind's ability to question is dwindling.

Jennifer Nicholson
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4 years ago

a man baby with a strong arm leaving a path of destruction and uncertainty

Stevie Dixon
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4 years ago

Thinking about the growing questions

TC Van Tayain
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4 years ago

Looks like Trump planting bullshit here :D

Joan Adrienne
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1 year ago

Our life's path is a thought-provoking one from our beginning to our end.

Kari Ann Popovic
Community Member
1 year ago

The more questions one asks as a child, the more thoughtful the adult is that results. So listen when your children ask questions, and ask questions BACK: "Mommy, why's there a man wearing a diaper in this picture?" "Why do you think he's wearing a diaper?" For every one of their 'why's" we should have another why or two offered back in their direction.

peter rademaker
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1 year ago

the more you know, the more you wonder :)

Michelle Sweeney
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2 years ago

Think! Think! Where are my clothes? (LOL. It's actually, I believe, it's the further one gets away from their creativity, the less creative one is...?)

Bryan Gooding
Community Member
3 years ago

Questions usually lead to more questions...not answers....."the thinker" doesn't evolve, only leads to more thought and more questions......No One knows all and those who claim to Know are always full of shit.....it's an experience, life is a shared experience.....no one has all the answers, that is ultimately the point of "free will" you can only decide for yourself, if you try to pursuade people, it will bite you in the ass

Anne Mayo
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3 years ago

But why is he wearing Donald Trump's diapers?

Tracy Shier
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3 years ago

Doesn't matter how old or mature of a tree we are, we still don't know. Our very nature questions until we die. And we never have all the answers, if any.

Mona Mehrpour
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4 years ago

Crawling through life and thinking about what has happened in the pst and what was left behind... letting questions grow or left hanging.

Rebecca Brogan
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4 years ago

Thinker becoming teacher.

Dennis Reyes
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4 years ago

Norms.

Cheryl Adams
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4 years ago

Youth questioning the accepted.

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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4 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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4 years ago

Trapped by TV

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Cheryl Adams
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4 years ago

Cue the Kardashians.

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Dennis Reyes
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4 years ago

Religion as big buck business.

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Birchy Cat
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4 years ago

Surrogate

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cyberbird
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4 years ago

Two different outcomes with the same potion

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Bridgitt Belanger
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4 years ago

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

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Patti
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4 years ago

The price she had to pay to get there

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Dennis Reyes
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4 years ago

Finding inspiration.

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Jessica Roose
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4 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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4 years ago

Horse power

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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4 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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cyberbird
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4 years ago

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

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Nickie Pacheco
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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

Possessiveness

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Arshad Ali
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4 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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4 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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