This week we learned that a new Latino emoji app has finally arrived to remedy the fact that regular Unicode emojis do not capture all the important parts of our culture. To be clear, this is a third party app that lets you create “stickers” of sorts that are actually larger than regular emojis, not an official Unicode emoji set. But we’re still hyped as hell.
If you’ve used third party emoji apps before (we may or may not be guilty of downloading 284293402 keyboards, including Bitmoji, Broad City emoji, etc.), then you may know that they require iPhone users to allow “Full Access.” This means the third-party company will have the ability to see whatever you type while that keyboard is open – which, understandably, is not everyone’s jam. You have been duly forewarned here.
If you choose to download the keyboard anyway, you’ll have more than 250 Latino emojis to choose from. Realistically, you probably won’t need all of them. But here are 20 that should be in rotation:
Vivaporú, aka the remedy for everything
Cafetera, or the reason you survive day to day.
Celia Cruz, for when you feel flawless AF.
Pitbull, who stands in for dale.
Maradona, because your heart eye emojis might need a little crazy.
Taco al pastor, bc we’re done with basic tacos.
Vete al carajo, which can be used in any situation, really.
El venado, for when you need to call out cheating.
Medalla (or any other more personalized beer).
Macho Camacho, for when you’re feeling mouthy/punchy, or when your alphet is on point.
Molcajete, a thing Jeb Bush doesn’t understand.
El Pibe, for when you’re hair looks fly and hair cut emoji girl isn’t enough.
Arepas, because there are other ñom things besides the taco.
Fresa, for when your friend is being too bougie and needs to get called out.
Mirrey, aka douchey rich dude.
No mames, no explanation needed (for Mexicans).
Codo, because it’s nicer than calling someone cheap.
Frida Kahlo, because she is life and needs to be a part of your texts.
Taco de ojo, for all the hotties.
Chancla, or when you know you’re in trouble.