(1)Alfonso Hernández, Tepito's most renowned contemporary historian, runs a public archive of books, photos, newspaper clippings and ephemera that chronicle the life of the neighborhood. The text written for Como un Cerillo is based on Hernández's writings published in brochures and flyers and periodically distributed to Tepito's community. The archive, named CETEPIS (Centro de Estudios Tepiteños), is located in a multifunctional vencidad at the heart of Mexico City's black market. In the 1970s and 1980s Alfonso Hernández was part of the collective "Arte Acá," with whom he organized several exhibitions that proposed alternatives to the forced transformation of the neighborhood. He also edited "El Ñero," a magazine that rejuvinated Tepito's linguistic style.
(2)The four songs that are included in this piece are "La casa de la vecindad" by Sonora Mantecera with Celio González, "El chico de la vecindad" by Chava Flores, "El niño majadero" by Sonora Mantancera with Daniel Santos and "La Cumbia de Tepito" by Nueva Familia. Cumbias and other tropical rhythms coming from South and Centro America were illegally imported to Mexico through Tepito's black market beginning in the 1960s. Each evening after the markets closed, residents of the neighborhood gathered together in the streets around loud speakers to dance to this imported music. MCs and DJs would frequently talk over the song lyrics, sending greeting to specific audience members. These festivities/concerts were later described as Sonideros.