Matthew Suárez

Matthew Suárez
Matthew Suárez is a writer, musician and photographer who worked in Los Angeles as paparazzo for Bauer-Griffin and National Photo Group (2007-2011). His celebrity pictures have been printed in newspapers and magazines all over the world. For the Reader he covers music, border and Baja stories. He also writes in his own blog Matingas.com. As a musician he holds a BA in classical guitar under the tutelage of O. Nicholas Raths from Saint John's University. He has a solo career and plays in several music groups, including San Diego's oldest big band, RockinJazzBigBand. He is also the creator of Tijuana Adventure, nighttime tours in TJ.

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Latest Articles

"I don't think he understood my concept."

The naked lady house

Tijuana III Millennium or “La Mona” is an iconic giant sculpture of a naked woman that doubles as a house. The sculpture is five stories tall and weighs over 18 tons. La Mona is located ...

Meanwhile, in San Ysidro's pedestrian line...

Small improvements for people who walk with the same enthusiasm as cattle.

The opening of more car lanes at the end of September greatly improved the San Ysidro border-crossing experience…for those who drive. My coworker who used to cross on foot now drives to work with a ...

Across the U.S.A. in 80 days, on foot

Jamie Ramsay begins stage 2 of his run through the Americas

My college roommate from Minnesota recently paid me a visit in San Diego/Tijuana. It was his first time in California, so it was my responsibility to show off the amazing beer we have. My friend ...

Deported veterans help deported moms

"The Bunker" moves from downtown Tijuana to Otay

“We are having a meeting this Wednesday [October 1] with all the deported moms,” I am told by Yolanda Varona, the director of DREAMers Moms USA/Tijuana. “You are welcome to come. Hector says to bring ...

Hot girls love to cut

Fried chicken and needles — a morning border commute through Zona Norte

It's been a month since I got a part-time retail job at Sport Zone on Coronado Avenue in Chula Vista. The job is five miles away from my apartment, but sometimes it takes me up ...

What does Tijuana want?

Resident seeks answer for affection-deprived city

The pedestrian border-wait line at the San Ysidro crossing is like the longest line in an amusement park…only you reach the end and find out that there is no roller-coaster. There is usually no one ...

Less beefy, more scrawny

No endorsement for young Tijuana baseball players

At the edge of Zona Norte, the downtown Tijuana neighborhood that abuts the border, there is a small sports park, Unidad Deportiva Benito Juárez. Families play basketball, kids enjoy an above-ground pool, boxers train inside ...

Deported U.S. military veterans activate in Tijuana

"I'll serve a year in Iraq if I have to. I would do whatever it takes to go home.”

The Bunker of the Deported Veterans of America is located on 3rd street, near Parque Teniente Guerrero, on top of Baja Gym. Dark steps behind an iron door next to the gym's entrance lead you ...

Carnival of danger

Our border reporter braves a new Tijuana punk fest

“Someone will die,” posted Carlos Arreguin on his Facebook page minutes before the Carnavalito Peligroso I music festival began at Plaza Fiesta. The singer of the power-violence band Calafia Puta was one of the organizers ...

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