NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 30,000 people petitioned for the addition of a taco emoji to the current collection of emojis. These expressive images have evolved from yellow, googly eyed balls to highly-detailed, racially-diverse faces. But why settle for one visual representation of a culture when you can have a full catalogue of emojis tailored specifically to a country's peoples and societies? True communication flourishes when you breathe life into the subtleties of the population's culture. Their individual use of language is a defining hallmark for any community. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161011/427233 The new emoji app, Lingoji, aims to revolutionize how people think of visual communication by injecting culture to the symbols we use every day to convey humor, context, and tone. Lingoji combines emojis and lingo (i.e. local dialect) to create culturally specific, sticker-sized icons. For $1.99 these catalogues of emojis can be added to a phone's keyboard. Each country has its own catalogue which features dozens of emojis with common expressions, both traditional and current, used by locals in that country. Lingoji is starting with a cool breeze from four Caribbean countries: Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. The app will expand to other countries over time as the development team works to crowdsource local artists to contribute to the new catalogues. The mobile app is now available in both iOS App Store and Google Play. A Caribbean native, the app's co-founder, Patrice V. Gervais, found inspiration for the project from his love of other cultures. Having lived in the melting pot that is New York City, Mr. Gervais developed an appreciation for cultures and is now using that appreciation to embrace, inform, and push for diversity in the emoji world. Why do emojis need national identities?