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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.

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Daisy Ridley Claps Back at Ted Cruz After He Subtly Insulted Her ‘Star Wars’ Character

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Daisy Ridley Claps Back at Ted Cruz After He Subtly Insulted Her ‘Star Wars’ Character

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It seems like Ted Cruz can’t stay away from the spotlight. On the heels of a very public* scandal, Cruz is now drumming up some more controversy for himself. But now he’s inserting himself into some pre-existing drama.

This time, Rafael Cruz decided to share his opinion on a recent dispute in the Star Wars universe. Yes, you read that right.

Ted Cruz–who has had his fair share of celebrity feuds— decided to pick a fight with Star Wars actress, Daisy Ridley.

The drama started when Cruz tweeted about the ongoing conflict between Disney and “The Mandalorian” actress, Gina Carano.

As background, Disney fired Carano from the hit show after she shared various controversial, far-right opinions on social media. Her posts included anti-mask rhetoric, Q-Anon conspiracies, and promoting false election fraud rumors. Oh, and she also compared being a conservative in Hollywood to being a Jew in Nazi Germany.

Since Carano’s firing, many conservative figures have publicly come to her defense. One of them being Ted Cruz.

Recently, Rafael tweeted out: “Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi. She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her.”

For those who aren’t well versed in the Star Wars universe, Cruz’s tweet seemed to be throwing subtle shade at the character of Rey–a female Jedi in the most recent Star Wars trilogy. Sure, you could call Rey “emotionally tortured”…or you could call her a normal person who expresses normal feelings. *Shrug*

Anyway, Daisy Ridley–the actress who played Rey–soon caught wind of the diss when an interviewer brought it to her attention.

The interviewer than asked if Ridley had any response to her character being classified as an “emotionally tortured Jedi”.At first, Ridley seemed visibly surprised that Cruz shaded her character. But she quickly regained her composure–as well as her wit.

“I am very happy to be an emotionally tortured Jedi who doesn’t leave their state when it’s having a terrible time,” she quipped.

Looks like Cruz had to learn the hard way not to mess with the Force.

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These Terrariums And Fairy Gardens Are A Lil’ Homies Dream Come True

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These Terrariums And Fairy Gardens Are A Lil’ Homies Dream Come True

Lil’ Homies are one toy that we all remember. They little figurines were so much more to us than little toys that we got from toy vending machines. Adrian Ortiz is using them to create something magical and giving people a non-Eurocentric take on terrariums.

Adrian Ortiz is giving Lil’ Homies their own terrariums in which to flourish.

Ortiz understands the cultural importance of Lil’ Homies because it was one of the first times he saw himself represented, like so many of us. The toys were a welcomed moment of representation for Ortiz after spending so many years seeing so many white narratives in the media and toys.

“I started making terrariums with Lil’ Homies in them as the figures because I noticed how traditional fairy gardens were always representing white/European figures,” Ortiz told mitú. “I thought about how perfect they were in size. I wanted to dedicate my art page to the idea of people of color existing and participating in nature.”

Ortiz feels supported from his followers as well as his boyfriend. His art has been a welcomed breath of culturally relevant plant art in people’s social media feeds.

The ongoing pandemic gave Ortiz a chance to dive deeper into a hobby he already had: plants.

“I have always been into plants and nature since I was a kid and I began making terrariums and fairy gardens in the past year to deal with the pandemic like so many others,” Ortiz says. “There is something super special about making miniature tiny living worlds. I wanted to make fairy gardens but I ended up with something halfway between terrariums and fairy gardens but with cholos. So I created the ‘Brown People Indoor Miniature Gardening TikTok’ series on my tik tok account.”

Ortiz’s TikTok account, aptly named @botanical_homie, has more than 7,000 followers showing that people are really into the idea of Lil’ Homies living their fairy garden dreams.

The terrariums are another chance for people of color to be represented in the world.

Ortiz was in an arts school for middle and high school. In that time, the school fostered an understanding of racial injustices and introduced Ortiz to the concept of artivism, art as activism. It was, according to Ortiz, a moment when he realized that he wanted to dedicate his art to BIPOC.

“I grew up and live in Colorado and have seen the lack of access BIPOC have to outdoor activities like hiking and mountain climbing,” Ortiz explains. “These are white-dominated sports and activities that some POC never get to experience. I want to create a world where we can be anything and do everything, even if it’s miniature. A utopia for us to take back what is also ours.”

Ortiz is making the terrariums for everyone, even people who struggle to take care of plants.

Covid quarantining has forced so many people to think they make perfect plant parents. Yet, taking care of plants is something that doesn’t com naturally. Ortiz had to spend time trying to figure out what plants are the best for everyone.

“Part of my challenge in creating these terrariums has been figuring out what kind of plants people can keep alive. They all have different requirements so getting plants should always depend on your space and lighting,” Ortiz says. “I come from the generation of YouTube so I always say do research, it’s part of the fun. The biggest thing about having plants that people don’t realize is that you just have to pay attention to them, often. But again it depends, some plants are indestructible.”

Ortiz is happy to be able to create this art and hopes to make them more accessible.

“If you want to support me and my art work you can contact me via Instagram about commissions,” Ortiz says. “Shipping these pieces is not easy or ideal so I appreciate everyone’s patience as I learn and evolve. My goal is to work on larger installations and I’ll be putting out DIY kits in the near future.”

READ: If You Call Yourself A Frida Kahlo Fan Then You Should Be Following These Five Artists

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