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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.

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Barbie Is Doing Día De Muertos Once Again In 2020 And Twitter Has Something To Say About It

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Barbie Is Doing Día De Muertos Once Again In 2020 And Twitter Has Something To Say About It

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Mexico’s famed Día de Muertos celebrations are coming up, the time of year when families honor their dead relatives with ofrendas, parades, visits to cemeteries, and many other festivities.

And, of course, Barbie wasn’t going to miss out on the celebrations.

Mattel – which makes Barbie – has just launched a new Barbie Catrina that is much more festive and colorful than the first one last year, who was dressed in black.

On this occasion, Mattel worked with Mexican-American designer Javier Meabe who wanted to reflect the joy and deep-rooted traditions of the country.

“As a Mexican-American designer, it was important for me to use my creative voice to design a doll that celebrates the bright colors and vivid textures of my culture, as well as the traditions I grew up with that are represented and celebrated in Barbie,” Meaba said in a statement from Mattel. 

Although, Mattel has enlisted the designs of a Mexican-American designer, not everyone is pleased with the launch. Some are worried that the entire Día de Muertos collection is potentially watering down a 3,000-year-old tradition and are accusing Barbie of cultural appropriation.

Barbie is releasing its second Día de Muertos doll and it’s generating plenty of buzz.

For the second year in a row, Mattel is launching a Día de Muertos Barbie modeled after the traditions of Mexico’s famed celebrations.

“We often look at different ways to continue to engage girls and families to gain knowledge and celebrate other cultures and other parts of the world,” Michelle Chidoni, a spokeswoman for the company, said. “Our hope is for this Día de Muertos Barbie to honor the holiday for the millions that celebrate and to introduce people not familiar with the tradition to the rich meaning.”

This year’s doll was designed by Mexican American designer Javier Meabe who was inspired by his personal background and family traditions.

“It was very important that the second Dia De Muertos doll felt just as special as the first in the Barbie series,” said Meabe in a statement. “As a Mexican American Designer, it was important to me to use my creative voice to design a doll that celebrates the bright colors and vivid textures of my culture, as well, as have the traditions I grew up with represented and celebrated in Barbie.”

He continued, “For this doll, I was inspired by the color gold seen throughout Mexican culture, jewelry, buildings, statues and artwork and highlighted it throughout the design. The roses represent emotions and moments in life including celebrations, birth, death, passion, and love and I also was inspired to introduce new textures and a new dress silhouette.”

Barbie lovers can buy the doll for $75 on the company’s website or at mass retailers such as Amazon, Target and Walmart.

Last year marked the first time Barbie celebrated the iconic Mexican holiday.

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Last year, Mattel released the first Barbie doll celebrating the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), and it was a huge hit. The floral dress and headpiece on the doll combined with the traditional calavara makeup design was absolutely stunning, and the same can be said about the 2020 version that just launched.

This time around, the Barbie Dia de Muertos doll features a light, blush-colored lace dress over a layer embroidered with floral and skeleton accents. The intricacy of the makeup has been taken up a notch, and the “golden highlights in her hair shimmer beneath a crown of skeleton hands holding roses and marigolds.”

However, since last year many have been questioning the intentions of Barbie and whether or not this is a good move.

In Mexican culture, the Día de Muertos — or Day of the Dead — is when the gateway between the living and the dead is said to open, a holiday during which the living honor and pay respects to loved ones who have died.

The new Día de Muertos Barbie was intended less as a portal into the realm of the dead and more as a gateway into Mexican culture. At least that is what Mattel is hoping for.

However, not everyone agrees. Latinx Twitter has lit up with both excitement and anger, with some folks appreciating the design while others are calling Mattel out for cultural appropriation. The Día de Muertos doll is another way Latinx culture is slowly entering the mainstream. With acclaimed shows like Vida and One Day at a Time and movies like Coco and Roma winning accolades — it seems even a toy company is looking to capitalize on Latinx culture

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Kellogg’s Has Launched A Pan De Muerto Cereal And Here’s Why It’s Such A Big Deal

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Kellogg’s Has Launched A Pan De Muerto Cereal And Here’s Why It’s Such A Big Deal

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Mexico has several deeply rooted traditions. Among them is the annual ritual of celebrating those who are no longer on Earth, known as Día de Muertos. During this celebration, people consume sugar skulls, an altar – or ofrenda – is decorated with the favorite items and foods of the deceased’s, and pan de muerto is widely eaten.

Across Mexico, there is a flurry of activity and traditions leading up to the main celebrations on November 1 and 2 and it’s become an international attraction – attracting foreigners who travel to Mexico in order to witness the celebrations.

The Coronavirus pandemic has people looking for some sense of normalcy and that may explain why you can already find pan de muerto in several panaderías and super markets. However, what caused fury among users of social networks was the launch of a cereal line inspired by the humble pan de muerto.

Kellogg’s has launched a pan de muerto cereal and social media is celebrating this big news.

What would Mexico be without its traditions? For example, without the Day of the Dead. Around the world, Mexico is connected to this day that revolves around serious traditions, rituals, and foods.

Now, it appears that international brands are catching on as Kellogg’s (yes, the international cereal company) announced that it’s decided to create and launch a line of cereals based on Mexico’s famed pan de muerto.

The new cereal by Kellogg’s has already landed in certain stores and includes the flavors of rollos de canela, churros and pan de muerto. On the packaging you can see the new labeling and ingredients such as orange blossom, butter and vanilla.

The origins of pan de muerto are deeply rooted in pre-Hispanic history.

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Pan de muerto is a type of pan dulce that’s commonly eaten in the weeks (or even months) leading up to the now famous holiday of Día de Muertos. It traces its origina back to the time of the Spanish Conquest, inspired by pre-Hispanic rituals that were largely modified under Spanish colonialism.

The delicious pan is a butter-based bread with orange blossom and anise scents, it has a soft flaky brioche-like interior; the crust is thin and golden and many people love the “bones and skull” pieces because they get a little crispy on the outside.

Although the cereal does have people asking – is this cultural appropriation?

As soon as the product hit shelves, it ignited a debate on the issue of cultural appropriation. Many accused the multinational of seeking to profit on the backs of one of Mexico’s most respected and prized traditions. Many pointed out that food is deeply connected to tradition and it’s a cultural symbol that should be respected – not packaged up for commercialization.

However, even if some are against the product launch, it’s too little too late as boxes of the new cereals are already hitting store shelves across the country. In fact, many Internet users are taking to social media to highlight new finds and to share the information so others can get in on the frenzy and give the new product a try.

Not everyone understood the excitement for a cereal…

Although the launch by Kellogg’s of this iconic food as a cereal caused much of social media to lose its cool, not everyone was convinced. Many expressed how confused they were that people were freaking out over a cereal…

While others were ready to spend all the money they have…

This Twitter user was so excited they’re ready to give up all their money for the cereal, saying “Take all my money!” Thankfully, they don’t have to give up all their pesos for a box – with it going for about $63 pesos (or about $3 USD) per box.

So what do you think? Should this product come to the U.S.? Would you be excited to give it a try? Or is it blatant cultural appropriation?

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