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A Mexican Graphic Designer Gave Marvel Universe Characters The Lotería Upgrade

In this edition of ‘take all my money,’ Luis Nuñez, 24, a graphic designer based in Mazatlán, Sinaloa Mexico has given us the gift of recreating Lotería to incorporate the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. Moviegoers who fell in love with Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Groot get to see the characters in a whole light on Nuñez’s Instagram account (@luis.nunez07).

What started off with one image has ballooned to 18—and Nuñez has no plans to stop until the set is complete with all 54 titles. So far he’s finished 32 illustrations which he plans to unveil on his Instagram account in the weeks to come.

Which begs the question, where’s the link to his Etsy shop so we can buy our own set once it’s complete?

See the cards for yourself below. And if you haven’t seen the movie yet (what kind of fan are you?) prepare for spoilers and inside jokes ahead:

Nuñez kicked off his project with Ironman as el valiente.

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Honestly, this is a solid choice here. He is one of the greatest characters in the Marvel universe. What a solid and engaging art project focused on one of the greatest superhero franchises in the world.

Don’t sleep on the details. A second image in the post includes a tighter focus on Tony’s own infinity gauntlet.

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Iron Man kicked off the series and if you’ve watched the last installment, you know how the story ends. Tony Stark as el valiente is a fitting tribute. 

The hand that undid the Avengers.

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The film starts where Thanos left off—in the aftermath of the devastating snap. If you know, you know. And if you don’t know, then you know because everyone is still talking about the movie.

The artist even gave us the answer to Thanos’s devastating hand.

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But always a schemer, Iron Man constructs his own infinity gauntlet and outmaneuvers the psychopath.

Thor gets called out on his drinking problem.

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The god of lightning had a rough go at the start of the film. He buried his pain with alcohol and had the beer belly to prove it.

Duh, of course Peter Parker is la araña.

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Nuñez depicts Spider-Man with his enhanced super suit. He says each image takes him 30-60 minutes to complete.

And who could forget the heart-wrenching moment when Parker begins to crumble and turn to dust?

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Clearly, Nuñez doesn’t want you to and provided this twofer when creating la araña.

Only the strongest Avenger can carry the world.

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Nuñez is clearly team Hulk when it comes to the argument of who the strongest Avenger is. Thor might have something to say about this. 

All the feels with this throwback to Tony’s heart.

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He knew this would fit so perfectly within the context of Lotería.

Who better to represent ‘the soldier’ than Captain America.

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The second movie in the Captain America canon is called “Winter Soldier.” 

Of course, Thanos is the devil.

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There’s no one better suited to embody el diablo than the man responsible for killing his daughter and wiping out half of Earth’s population.

When you’re as well-groomed and presentable as Doctor Strange (on teetering on being pretentious) El Catrin is the only card that makes sense.

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It’s funny to see how well the Marvel characters fit into la Lotería. Doctor Strange begins with a shot of his fancy clothes and accessories. He never loses his flair for appearances as evident by his high-neck flowing cape. 

Black Widow is the obvious choice for the lady card.

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The franchise needed more women in it. No secret there.

Guardians of the Galaxy was defined by its soundtrack. Peter Quill wearing his Walkman makes the perfect musico.

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Music was Peter Quill. Who could forget the ’60s and the ’70s soundtrack that included Hooked on a Feeling and all his out of tune singing?

Teenage Groot still has some years to go before growing into a tree.

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Adult Groot sacrificed himself for the Guardians. When we see him again, he’s a mere sapling but well on his way to growing into a sturdy arbol.

Clint Barton, complete with his f*ckboi haircut, is El Apache.

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Hawkeye might not be Native American, but with a bow and arrow in hand, he has an eerie resemblance to the original image of el apache.

El Gorrito gets a massive metal make-over. 

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No frill bonnet to be seen here. El Gorrito has redesigned to include Thor’s comic book version of his helmet, which makes a brief cameo during Ragnarok. 

Groot’s home gets a shout-out.

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Baby Groot was a fan favorite. It’s only right he make an appearance in the flower pot card.

Why Red Skull was the keeper of the Soul Stone still feels like a mystery but at least it makes sense here.

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The skull with crossbones has been swapped out for the Hydra symbol with Red Skull sitting at its center.

Falcon may fit the pajaro card perfectly at the start of Endgame…

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…But by the end of it, he’s received a major upgrade. We might be looking at the new face of the Captain America canon here folks.

Only royalty wears a crown…

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…So it’s appropriate for King T’Challa’s Black Panther to take la corona.

Keep an eye Nuñez’s Instagram account (@luis.nunez07) for the remaining 36 illustrations. 

READ: Marvel Is Bringing More LGBTQ Characters To The Universe

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This Coronavirus-Themed Lotería Is The Perfect Kind Of Humor I Needed Right Now And It’s Even Available To Buy

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This Coronavirus-Themed Lotería Is The Perfect Kind Of Humor I Needed Right Now And It’s Even Available To Buy

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Coronavirus. Covid-19. Pandemic. Social-distancing. This is all the news we hear these days and as important as it is to stay up to date on what’s happening with the virus and how to stay safe and healthy, forgive me if I don’t want a tiny break from all the seriousness.

So, you can imagine my delight when I was scrolling my Twitter feed and saw tweet after tweet about a Coronavirus-themed lotería. La lotería is a tradition soooo many of us grew up playing so it’s interesting to see it get a 2020 interpretation.

Could this be real? What could the cards for el mano or la botella look like in this Covid-19 reality we’re currently living in? I had to find out.

So I sat down with an artist who’s created his own Coronavirus-themed lotería set to find out more about his inspiration.

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Artist Rafael Gonzales Jr. (on Instagram as @PINCHE_RAF_ART) has created a series of incredibly unique lotería cards that can really thank the current Coronavirus pandemic for their existence: from face masks and hand sanitizer to toilet paper roll, these cards are emblematic of the times we’re living in.

The modern take on the traditional game is called ‘Pandemia Lotería’ and each card (he’s made 31 so far) features a name and image inspired by our new normal of social-distancing, self-isolation, extreme hand-washing, and even the stimulus checks.

What message were you hoping to send about the Coronavirus and our current climate by creating these new cards?

“You know originally this was a very selfish endeavor. I needed a creative outlet for the new experiences we are all going through. It became a project that helped me to connect to others through humor and a childhood game.  Now, I think my message has become one of bringing a lightness to the heaviness of the pandemic. It is a serious global problem, but laughing at our shared experiences is what being human is all about.”

Have you created new interpretations of all 54 cards – or if not, do you plan to create all 54?

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“I have about 31 cards completed and 2 additional specialty cards that won’t be in the game I am putting out soon. My plan for the project is to get as many cards in an art print as possible. I have been a little sidetracked creatively with some of the business side of launching an e-commerce [site] for the game. It has been a whirlwind, but people have responded really well to the cards and my goal from the onset of all this was to try and paint the situation in a light form. To sort of change the heaviness of the news cycle and remind people that better days are coming and those better days often include a game of lotería.”

Are there specific reasons you chose these images to illustrate these titles or what’s your thinking behind them?

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“Visually la Chalupa seems so sincere and serene. I feel it is one of the more complex original illustrations of lotería, so I thought it would be a humorous twist to associate her with fake news and the dolphins in the canals of Venice that were virally shared. The quaran15 was a simple, self-deprecating joke that ran through my head after my wife started to bake more. From banana bread to cookies, I knew I was putting on weight and gonna be built like a barril after all this. I used to see my grandmother’s use Armour manteca all the time to make tortillas and so the coloring became a play on that.”

Are you taking any suggestions? I know people who would love to see Susana Distancia and Los Amuletos (thanks, AMLO!)

“I’ve received a ton of suggestions and I think it has been great. I think part of the reason the cards have been popular is because they are relatable. I sometimes sit with a suggestion and see if it is something I can put my own twist on, while also staying true to my own vision for the project. Some ideas I don’t think I can do justice to or put in the right context so that is why I haven’t taken them on.”

Will it be possible to purchase these loteria cards? Or if it’s already possible, can you point our readers in the right direction?

“The game itself will be printed in a few weeks. Preorders went on April 23 and people can reserve theirs here and other merch like t-shirts can be found on my online store.”

And Rafael isn’t the only one getting in on the game – even Mexico City has its own Coronavirus-themed lotería game.

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Like so many other cities around the world, Mexico City is still under a strict stay-at-home order to help flatten the curve. With so many people stuck at home, what’s better than playing a game of an old favorite but with a relevant twist? And as the game’s creators point out – while being reminded of the measures we should all be taking to combat this pandemic.

The Coronavirus Lotería is available as a download to use as a background, you can share it on social media, or you can even play remotely with friends.

And last December, Google commemorated the game with its very own Google Doodle.

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Last December, Google had an online version of the game that replaced some cards for modern talks. The El ApacheEl borrachoEl diablitoEl gorritoLa muerteEl negritoEl soldado, and El valiente cards were replaced with El ajolote (“the axolotl“), El buscador, La conchaEl eloteEl emojiEl gorroEl guacamole, and El xoloitzcuintle (or the Mexican hairless dog.)

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16 Latin-Themed Christmas Ornaments That Will Spruce Up Your Tree ASAP

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16 Latin-Themed Christmas Ornaments That Will Spruce Up Your Tree ASAP

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Christmastime is the one time a year that we can truly let our crafty side show. You can decorate your house however you please and no one can say a negative thing about it because it’s the holidays. The only issue is picking out a theme or opting to go with whatever you see at Target. Either way is fine, but why not show off the love you have for your Latin culture?

This year instead of just doing the basic green and red ornament styles that everyone seems to go for, choose some of these lovely Latin-themed ornaments that will definitely get the attention of your family and friends. We’ve searched the interwebs for the best Latin styled ornaments that you can either purchase or make yourself. Enjoy! 

A little Frida fun for the holidays.

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You cannot go wrong with these festive Frida Kahlo dolls for $13 on Etsy. They’re so cute, and perfect to have as decoration all year round. 

A disco Latin-themed Christmas tree.

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For those that have more eclectic taste and want to set a sophisticated tone, while also paying homage to your Latin heritage, we highly suggest these shiny retro ornaments from DirectfromMexico for $75.

A cactus kind of Christmas.

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If you have some time to spare, or would like to make a crafty side project with your friends and kids, these DIY cactuses are the cutest things to add to your tree. Need some help? Go to Mypoppet for instructions. 

Bella estrellas. 

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Nothing says Christmas more than a star. It represents so much and they’re so beautiful as well. These estrellas that can also double as piñatas are perfect for your tree. Get them at Crafttel.

Tamales to eat and to decorate. 

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While you and your family IS gathered around the table making tamales, be sure to save some of those smallish corn husks. As you can see from the picture above, they can make great ornaments as well, and you don’t need much material either.

Colorful yarn to spread around. 

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For a more intricate kind of DIY fun, these MexicanBeautyShop ornaments are simply delightful. And we should add again that they’re perfect wall decor even when it’s not the holidays. 

Merry Christmas maracas.

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The MexicanBeautyShop also sells these maracas that look great on Christmas trees. But if you want to access this look easier, just head out to any party store and purchase maracas and then tie them to a string to hang on your tree. Pretty easy. 

The Loteria cards can go a long way. 

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We love Loteria more than anything else, so why not celebrate that during Christmas time? For this idea, just buy a Loteria game that you won’t mind cutting up. Laminate each card that you wish to have on your tree, and that’s it!

Dolls for days!

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These Latin dolls, sold at Buganvillaimports, are perfectly festive for Christmas. You can also give them away as Christmas favors. People will love them. 

A piñata for everyone!

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You can get these mini piñatas at any bodega, party store, or Latin store. Buganvillaimports sells them too. If you put candy in them, you can hand these out to family and friends as well.

Ornaments with a twist of fun.

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If you have Loteria cards to spare, gluing them to old ornaments works just as well. All you need is glue and glitter and you’re set. 

Day of the Dead, Christmas-Style

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Who says Day of the Dead can’t be celebrated at Christmas. Bring out your Dia de los Muertos decor and place it on your tree. So inventive and resourceful. 

A real fiesta Christmas.

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While these paper ornaments are a bit more detailed and complicated to make at home, you can purchase them on Etsy

Mexi-Galore glam for the holidays.

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We can certainly bet you have a lot of Latin trinkets at home. If you have super tiny stuff, you can plop them in your tree, just stuff them in there, and your tree will be instantly Latin-themed.

Tender and sweet, Latin Christmas tree.

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These amazing colorful ornaments made of plush and yarn would make any humdrum tree a beautiful one. 

Ranchera holiday-themed tree.

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For Tex-Mex folks or lovers of Texas-style, we highly recommend these plush ornaments on Etsy.

Happy holidays, everyone!

READ: Here’s Why Everyone Should Celebrate Nochebuena At Least Once With Their Latino Friends

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