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By on July 10, 2008, with 16 Comments

Che Guevara, El Che, or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, guerrilla leader and whole bunch of other stuff hard to pronounce. After his death, his stylized image became an ubiquitous counter-cultural symbol worldwide, which you probably saw on some “rebellious” teenager’s T-shirt. There is a big chance you even have some sort of outwear with this symbol. I never had time to study Che Guevara’s background, but you may do so by visiting his biography on wikipedia. My opinion was that this young lad become famous mostly because of his looks and the famous stylized portrait. There is a chance if he hadn’t been executed as a young person, he would be nothing more than Fidel Castro’s partner in politics. Don’t take me for granted, it’s just my uneducated view. I’m really interested to hear your standings. Still, I have to admit that Alberto Korda’s photograph of him entitled “Guerrillero Heroico” (shown as inverted negative on the left), which was also declared “the most famous photograph in the world” is really awesome. I just don’t understand why many young people, punkers, rebels without the cause, emo’s etc. wear Che-badges. Isn’t this too stereotype? Oh, almost forgot: to see the illusion, stare at the center of the image for a minute or so, and then look away at the white surface. You should see the negative almost immediately. If you blink repeatedly, the effect should be even better. More afterimages can be found here. HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE!

P.S. If someone here is professional in Adobe Flash, and knows how to embed link inside a flash file (swf or flv), please email me, I have a small task for you. All help is highly appreciated! I have an interesting flash optical illusion, but need help implementing clickable moillusions.com link inside the animation.

  • Chuck

    all i can say is…


    first comment! YAY!

    • happydoodle

      i got first reply to the first comment haha!

  • Anonymous

    nice one.
    I would suggest “The Motorcycle Diaries”, a film about young Ernesto Guevara de la Sera traveling through south america with a friend. He thereby makes some observations which form his communist view of politics. Quiet Interesting

  • quarkMan

    Excelente ilusion. Que bueno que se uso esta imagen, los latinoamericanos te lo agradecemos.

    P.S. I can help you with Adobe Flash:
    digitalquark@gmail.com :)

  • Anonymous

    Finaly, a illusion that is not animal related!

    Can you maybe put another street drawing in next?

  • Anonymous

    hey, it´s so cool! ps. if you close your eyes, you can see him easily! also his real face, but maybe it´s just because i know it very well ^^
    nice pic, greetings Buya

  • ME!

    If you have a kinda new Mac, press control, option, and the apple thing on your keyboard, then 8, and you don’t have to stare at the image for however long.

  • I

    omg!! this illusion is sweet!! its so cool!!

    and Buya, i closed my eyes and i saw the illusion really well too!!!

    i love your site!! keep the cool illusions coming!

  • Anonymous

    This is Kewl!!
    i saw him when i closed my eyes!!!
    <3 this Web site!!!
    [mi new addiction!!]

  • Sandy Lue

    Hey, who is this?!?! I can’t see

  • Anonymous

    awesome next time in the article dont put emos. punkers…yes….rebels….yes ….emos ……NO!

  • Shal

    If you would like to know something about “El Che” watch the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries” and you’ll see ha was not the stereotype he has became.
    Now I know loads of ignorant people use his image to show how “cool and rebellious” they are, but the real facts are different. Btw he wasn’t a politician and he wasn’t Fidel Castro’s partner at all. He helped the revolution, it’s true, but he always refused every offer of high charges in politics and he didn’t fight only in Cuba. I suggest to watch the movie to have clearer ideas.
    I don’t wanna be rude, I just don’t like how nowadays people act following fashions and stereotypes without even knowing what they r talking about.

  • Behind the photo

    More information on that famous Che symbol can be found here http://behindthephoto.org/che-guevara-iconic-image-by-alberto-korda

  • bigblackone

    He was a scumbag murderer who hated democracy and capitalism- no surprise why liberals love him… he killed children and adults alike- his time on this Earth didnt run out quickly enough!!

  • proudirishman

    perhaps ask the irish artist jim fitzpatrick, who designed that famous iconic poster of che guevara? maybe he will know. i think he’s still alive

  • http://omerkako.wordpress.com omer

    open up photoshop and hold down Control and press I and magic happens

    but its very nice how did u make it