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When Mexican Sugar Skulls Take Over American Pop Icons, Something Really Cool Happens

Latino Star Wars fans, rejoice! Mis Nopales has all the Star Wars Día de los Muertos swag you didn’t even know you needed. Check them out.

These are the brain and talent behind Mis Nopales.

Jose Pulido is the artist behind the Día de los Muertos takeover of American pop culture icons and his brother, who helped him start the company right after college.

Mis Nopales shares Mexican culture by transforming American pop culture icons.

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“Nopales are a classic symbol representative of our culture and they belong to everyone, hence ‘Mis Nopales’,” reads their website. “We believe that everyone should be proud of their culture and history, no matter who you are. Be PROUD y NO TE RAJES!!”

mitú paired up with Mis Nopales to create fire merch for you to represent both your culturas.

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That’s right. Now you can wear some of your favorite piece from Mis Nopales. Check them out in the mitú shop.

This fire Dos Fridas Tee makes for the perfect gift for the feminist bestie in your life. | $24.99

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These calaveras pay tribute to the forever iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. We don’t know how the real Frida felt about 100 percent cotton shirts, but we’re sure she would have adored this Dos Fridas Tee, and not just because it has her face on it once, but twice.

This Paletero Tee is the perfect homage to the most incredible man in our lives. | $24.99

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Can calaveras eat paletas even if they don’t have stomachs? Life is full of uncertainties such as this, but if there’s one thing we know, it’s that you would look so cool rocking this Paletero Tee.

This lovely Amor Eterno Tee is sure to bring tears of joy to anyone who sees you wearing it. | $24.99

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If you don’t believe that love is forever, then just look at the calaveras on this Amor Eterno Tee. They’re dead AF and still in each other’s loving arms. Where’s your argument now? This song is legit the most iconic and important song in our culture.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Tee is the best (and most shady) gift for la más chismosa in your life. | $24.99

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LOL. You know you see, hear, and speak all kinds of evil, so don’t pretend that you’re a lil angelito. You’re not fooling anyone. But then again, this tee might make others think you are, so do yourself a favor and buy this See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Tee. Then you can do whatever you want without consequence! Yay!

This Zapata Tee is next level and everyone you pass will know that you are super proud of your Mexican heritage. | $24.99

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This calavera pays homage to the iconic Emiliano Zapata who was a prominent figure in the Mexican Revolution. Add some historic Latino flare to your look with this Zapata Tee! It’s also great for educating people about your heritage.

My guy this Pura Vida Tee was meant 2b. | $24.99

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The irony of this Pura Vida Tee is that it features a proud Mexican calavera that is supposedly full of life… even though he’s a skeleton… and skeletons are usually pretty dead. Anyway, rejoice in the wonders of life (and tequila) with this tee!

No Te Rajes Tee is here for when it’s time for you to fight for yourself. | $24.99

This calavera is not only cute, but he’s also a persistent little fighter that won’t give up. Who do you think he’s fighting against? His inner demons? An unknown opponent? Either way, nothing will stop him and nothing will stop you… from buying this No Te Rajes Tee!

The adorable Jardinero Tee will blow just about anyone’s mind. | $24.99

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Not all heroes wear capes; some of them actually wear leaf blowers. Jardineros are the masters of cleanliness who keep the front of your house looking fresh. Now the front of your body can look equally as fresh with this Jardinero Tee!

Basically, mission accomplished, boys.

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Everyone should be feeling very proud of being Mexican right now.

Now, enjoy the Mis Nopales’ take the whole Star Wars cast got. Everyone from C-3PO and R2-D2 got a new Día de los Muertos look…

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…Including Darth Vader….

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WATCH: What if Darth Vader Was Mexican?

…And everyone in between.

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This is arguably the most epic mashup. of. all. time.

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Could you resist a Día de los Muertos Yoda?

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Didn’t think so.

Pulido’s art has been spotted as far away as Veracruz, Mexico.

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Because there is nowhere better for a Día de los Muertos Star Wars showdown than Mexico, duh!

This collection is so epic that fans have even started getting their favorite pieces as tattoos.

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Which is the 21st century’s most sincere form of flattery.

READ: 23 Photos of Weird-Ass Taco Tattoos that are Completely Real

Surely, Pulido’s #mood is probably a little something like this rn.

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But if you’re not a Star Wars fan, no worries. Everyone is fair game for his imagination.

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Simpsons? ✔️ Breaking Bad? ✔️ Disney?…you get it. There’s a sticker for everything.

READ: Need More Chewie? The Force is Strong with these Latino Memes

Oh, “Hi Chilindrina!”

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Here’s Lady Liberty…

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And Princess Peach.

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Even the cast of Game of Thrones. There is nothing dude won’t try.

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How awesome is this artwork? Share this story with your friends so they can see just how f-cking cool you are, bro.

The Swoosh Gets The Latino Treatment: Nike Launches Limited-Edition ‘Día De Muertos’ Collection Complete With Calaveras And Papel Picado Designs

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The Swoosh Gets The Latino Treatment: Nike Launches Limited-Edition ‘Día De Muertos’ Collection Complete With Calaveras And Papel Picado Designs

Forget Halloween. Each year more and more brands are tapping into the Mexican celebration of the dead, Día de Los Muertos, to target Latinos with their calavera-inspired designs. The Mexican holiday surrounds death, but it’s a time to celebrate life with loved ones, and each year it’s gaining more and more traction in the U.S. 

Celebrated in the U.S. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, the holiday tradition calls for the creation of altars to deceased loved ones, decorated with photos, meaningful objects, and their favorite foods said to attract their souls. Petals of bright yellow-orange cempasúchil flowers are used to guide them from the cemetery, according to tradition. This year Nike took up the opportunity to celebrate, with a brand new collection dropping later this month, inspired by “traditional Mexican skeleton graphics.” This isn’t the first time the brand celebrates the Mexican holiday though, a few years back the Swoosh brand released another pair of Cortez’s to pay tribute to the dead on Día de Muertos. 

This latest ‘Día de Muertos’ collection is scheduled to release on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers on Oct. 30.

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This latest assortment will include the Air Force 1 Low, the Cortez, and the Air Max 95 which are all getting dressed up for the occasion. Each pair will reference the holiday ever-so-slightly with traditional Mexican skeleton graphics featured throughout the design on the upper parts of the shoe as well as on the insoles.  

The Cortez turns black and orange for Day of The Dead 

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The Cortez, is a Nike style Mexican-Americans love to wear, and the sports company picked the iconic design to be part of the Day of the Dead collection. It’s not the first time the Swoosh gets the Mexican-inspired treatment though. As we mentioned earlier, back in 2015 a ‘Day of The Dead’ Nike Cortez was released in honor of the holiday, and the design was a lot more thematic than this year’s minimalist iteration.

Featuring a ‘papel picado’-inspired design on the inside, the stitching of the iconic Swoosh on the upper side of the shoe as well as on the soles, turns bright orange, reminiscent of cempasúchil and candle-lit ofrendas. The shoe is dressed in a nylon and suede floral print and has distinct embroidery on the heel.

The Day of The Dead Air Force 1s Glow in The Dark With Papel Picado-Inspired designs.

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The iconic performance shoes were re-imagined to celebrate the Mexican holiday in the most subtle way. The classic silhouette has an all-white upper body, contrasted by piping in yellow, green, blue, pink and black, and also sports a black heel tab and stitching across the midsole. The best part though is that once the shoe’s in the dark, it reveals a glow-in-the-dark skull papel picado-inspired pattern that is fully reflective throughout the entire upper. It’s to die for!

The Nike Air Max 95 was reimagined for the occasion in muted colors and subtle touches of huichol-style graphics.

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Joining the AF1s and the Cortez, the Nike Air Max 95 will also be a part of the 2019 Day of The Dead Collection. The festive colorway of the Air Max 95 takes on a white mesh upper with the signature layered side panels taking on a textured/crackled leather appearance. The leather side panels are emblazoned with muted ‘Huichol’ or papel picado-inspired graphics to go along with the Mexican theme. The limited-edition shoe also features black leather mudguards, black Swoosh branding, speckled laces, and a black midsole that adds to the look, along with teal detailing on the skull graphic insoles, papel picado-style tongue branding, and translucent outsole.

There are 57 million Hispanics in the U.S. only, and they represent 18% of the country’s spending power— no wonder brands like Nike want to tap into Latino traditions.

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Over the past few years, companies and retailers have made it easier to get into the spirit of the holiday, offering themed apparel, home decor and containers in which to tote goodies. With 57 million Hispanics in the U.S. alone, this demographic represents almost 18 percent of the country’s population and significant spending power, according to Nielsen. In fact, the data analytics company expects its buying power to grow from $1.4 trillion in 2016 to $1.8 trillion by 2021. And that dollar strength isn’t lost on retailers.

‘Dia De Los Muertos’ celebrations run from  November 1st through November 2, and the Nike Air Force 1 will drop at retailers like Sneakersnstuff and nike.com on October 15. Priced at $100 USD, the festive sneakers are the ultimate day-to-day shoe to add to your rotation. The rest of this latest Nike Día de Muertos collection is scheduled to release on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers on Oct. 30.

Snapchat And El Pollo Loco Is Using Augmented Reality To Let People Revisit Lost Murals In Los Angeles

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Snapchat And El Pollo Loco Is Using Augmented Reality To Let People Revisit Lost Murals In Los Angeles

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For National Hispanic Heritage Month, El Pollo Loco is paying tribute to lost Latino heritage in Los Angeles by restoring a series of murals across the city. Through the power of Snapchat and augmented reality, the California-based food chain is teaming up with Warren Brand, a curator and board member of Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, to have users go to five blank walls in Los Angeles where iconic murals used to be. There, you can open the Snapchat app, tap on the background to prompt the World Lenses feature and point your phone at the wall. Users will then see a mural that was once located there come to life on their phone screen. The various five mural locations can be found by visiting the website Lostmuralsla.com.  

“We wanted to pay tribute to our Hispanic heritage and Los Angeles roots by preserving the lost Latino artwork and culture for a new generation to experience,” says Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer at El Pollo Loco. “For us, this is more than just a moment in time, this is part of our continued commitment to serve the communities that molded and influenced our company.

The campaign is more than just a showcase of cool technology but a way to educate and spread awareness on an issue many might not be aware of. 

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Los Angeles has a deep and profound history when it comes to murals. During the late 1960s and ’70s, Latino artists took to walls to express views on political and social issues, including student uprisings and civil rights struggles. This coincided with the Chicano Pride movement during that period that flourished in East LA and the San Fernando Valley. 

With all this explosion of creativity happening, LA would be referred to as the “mural capital of the world,”  with an estimated 2,500 murals up on city walls during the height of this movement. Then, they started disappearing. According to El Pollo Loco, “Around 60 percent of murals in Los Angeles have vanished due to whitewashing, censorship, carelessness, or a lack of resources for preservation.” 

This was reason enough for the company to bring awareness to this and celebrate the legacy of these murals. Murals are also a part of the history of El Pollo Loco as the food-chain had it’s start in LA and has a mural of it’s own at it’s first store. 

“Los Angeles, one of the greatest mural capitals of the world, has seen an estimated 60 percent of murals vanish experts say,” Acoca said. “Because Los Angeles has been our hometown since 1980 and is the city that inspired the soul of our brand, we want to honor it and our mutual Hispanic heritage.”

In this spirit, El Pollo Loco will also be restoring some murals of their own, including one at its original location.  

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While the campaign will run through October 15, El Pollo Loco will be making some permanent fixtures on LA city walls. To ensure that this restoration of murals survives, the company will be donating its own storefronts as canvases to new murals.

“El Pollo Loco is paying homage to its heritage and the art that was once on Los Angeles’ walls by donating storefronts as the canvases to new murals. The first mural will be painted on El Pollo Loco’s original restaurant location on Alvarado Street, which since opening in 1980 has featured an indoor mural depicting life in Sinaloa, Mexico, the childhood home of the company’s founder,” Acoca said. 

For LA-based muralists Juan Hector Ponce and Hector “Hex” Rios, this campaign is personal to them as some of their work was once erased due to whitewashing. They both were contacted by El Pollo Loco to be a part of the project and help recreate some of their past work. Ponce and his son will be recreating a storefront as part of the campaign that will be a permanent fixture. He says that he is confident that a new generation will take a lot from this campaign and be able to lead a new era of murals in the city. 

“The new generations, with use of technology and the internet, are stronger than previous generations. And those of us older painters still left are proud to see them create,” Ponce said. “While it saddens me that at times people don’t appreciate the beauty of our walls, it serves as a reminder of how important it is that we as a community continue painting more of them.

You can find the digital murals at the following locations:

“Nuestra Gente es Linda y Poderosa” – 2841 Boulder Street, Los Angeles

“Hex BBOY” – 417 East 15th Street, Los Angeles

“SK8 Still Lives” – 7753 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

“Migration” – 1262 South Lake Street, Los Angeles

“Zapata” – 2000 W 6th Street, Los Angeles

READ: Historic Chicano Murals Were Whitewashed All Over Los Angeles But A New Movement Is Bringing Them Back