El Paquete is the first full length book from 20-year-old New York based artist, Tyler Mitchell. Produced, designed and shot by Mitchell, the book is a documentary of the mysterious worlds of skateboarding and architecture in Cuba.
The title of the book comes from an underground, Cuban USB newspaper. Sounding more like a futuristic 1984 style zine than any typical newspaper, El Paquete is illegal to subscribe to and to combat the lack of any modern internet facilities on the island, is a whole terra-byte of carefully curated, audio visual contraband passed around from person to person. What Tyler's El Paquete does for us, in turn mirrors what Cuba's El Paquete does for Cuba and shines a light on an otherwise hidden culture. However, luckily enough for us, instead of the USB drive we get to experience this visual culture on 102 pages of perfect bound, printed matter.
With some recent features in Complex and Dazed, it's safe to say that Mitchell's on the come up. Get to know more of his work on instagram and go buy his book here now, so you can resell it for double later.