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These Are Some Of The Most Instagrammable Latino Murals From California To Florida

For decades, muralism has been an opportunity for Latino artists of all backgrounds to represent their culture, roots, protest against society, or honor their heroes. These murals exist in Latino neighborhoods that have withstood the test of time and gentrification and continues to honor the Latino community. Here are just a handful of some of the most beautiful and Instagram-worthy Latino murals in the U.S.

1. San Francisco – The Mission District Murals

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The Mission District in San Francisco is covered with murals that tell the collective stories of Latinos. It not only talks about Mexican immigrants, but also those who fled war and violence in the ’80s and ’90s from Central America.

One mural depicts the need to end the violence titled “Ceasefire,” painted by muralist Juana Alicia. She was also a contributing artist to the murals on the Women’s Building in San Francisco. The mural shows a calm yet defiant young boy standing opposite the barrel of a gun while hands rise up to protect him.  

2. Los Angeles – Ritchie Valens Mural

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February 3, 1969 was known as ‘The Day the Music Died’ following the deaths of three young recording artists. Valens, J.P. Richardson and Buddy Holly died after their plane crashed in a field in Iowa after a performance in North Dakota. To commemorate Valens, the young 17-year-old Mexican-American rock and roll artist, various murals have been commissioned in his hometown of Pacoima, California.

This colorful mural by activist and muralist Manny Velazquez was painted on the walls of Pacoima Middle School in 1985 and restored to its former glory in 2009 with vibrant hues.

3. San Diego – Chicano Park

Cuauhtemoc was the last Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan. Can you imagine being the ruler of your empire. Then you have to witness your people being beaten, raped, and killed. His last words he spoke about how the sun has left them in complete darkness. He told his people to hide in their homes and hide their songs, knowledge, culture, and even sports. He believed the sun was going to come out again. The people of Tenochtitlan were colonized and the sun never came back up for them. They tried to destroy everything they had, but here we are dancing danza Azteca in 2018. Our songs and dances are what our ancestors hid. I dance because what my ancestors hid is a precious gift to us. I dance because I believe that the sun will come out again. My first time at Chicano park and it was powerful. ✊🏽🙏🏽✊🏽✊🏽🙏🏽🌞🌑🌔🌞✨🦅🥀🌸 #cuahutemoc #indigenous #danzaazteca #tenochtitlan #chicanopark

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Tucked away in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood is Chicano Park, the epicenter of Latino art and life in San Diego. The park is located under the San Diego-Coronado bridge, and the pillars showcase striking murals of artists, folklore heroes, revolutionaries from Mexico and more.

4. Phoenix – Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center

The multitude of murals at the Arizona Latinos Arts & Cultural Center in the state’s capital city are teeming with life and personality. Perhaps one of the most intriguing murals is that of ‘American Sabor,’ which pays homage to Latino artists such as Carlos Santana and Vicente Fernandez.

5. Chicago – Pilsen

Once settled by Czech immigrants arriving to Chicago, the Pilsen area of the Windy City had a constant population of Mexican immigrants from the 1970s to the 1990s. Passerbys can admire murals celebrating Mexican film icon María Félix, Mexican singer Ramón Ayala. There are also scenes of everyday life in a Mexican family, such as this quaint mural of a family making meals together.

6. Miami – Little Havana

Little Havana’s Calle Ocho is known for providing some refreshing mojitos and salsa lessons taught at the neighborhood’s Ball and Chain bar. However, tourists can also appreciate the colorful murals jumping out with sabor and azucar a la Celia Cruz along the boulevard. The main mural announcing the neighborhood gives a nod to the Cuban abuelito pastime of playing dominoes, Cuban artists, flag and always-present frijoles negros.

And Cuban celebrities get their own mural because, porque no?

Cubans have long held down south Florida as their major hub and the art around the city proves it.

7. New York City – East Harlem

Don’t let the bright colors of Yasmin Hernandez’s “Soldaderas” mural in East Harlem blind you from seeing the true message behind the mural. Hernandez painted the mural to protest the animosity Puerto Ricans and Mexicans had against each other in the neighborhood. Instead, the artist invites her audience to come together as sisters (and family) through a connection between Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. 


READ: This Miami Artist Is Using His Skills For Both Muralism And Art Education In Latin America

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We Roundup Our Favorite Halloween Costumes From The Year Submitted By Mitú Fans

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We Roundup Our Favorite Halloween Costumes From The Year Submitted By Mitú Fans

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Halloween is all about letting your creativity shine. Some people might phone it in with some animal ears and underwear and that’s fine. But some people really go all out to make the most important dress-up night of the year worth it. Here are some of the best Halloween costumes you all submitted tagged @wearemitu in. Did yours make the list?

This new #filter/#nofilter couples costume is the latest trendy costume and we ship it.

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We all know that adding a filter to a photo will bring out all of the best in you, or at least that’s what Snapchat and Instagram want you to believe. Regardless, seeing this couple making the most of their social media connection, even including the unicorn ears and horn, is so great.

Of course, there is nothing purer than including your sweet puppies into your Halloween costume.

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OMG! Look at those sweet little angels perfectly rocking the Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes. We hope they went trick or treating to get all of the doggie treats available to them. They very clearly deserve it.

Doña Angela is the YouTube sensation you need to be following if you aren’t already.

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The abuelita YouTube sensation is bringing all of her rancho recipes to you via the internet. Her page is so popular, she has already received two plaques from YouTube celebrating her evergrowing subscription numbers. This costume is genius and the work that went into it paid off.

You can’t forget the most classic couples costume.

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Tapatío and Cholula are the most recognizable hot sauces in anyone’s kitchen. It just makes sense to pair the two together for the ultimate couple’s foodie costume. You can even turn this into a family costume when a little baby comes along by making the baby a burrito.

Who else remembers “The Fairly Oddparents”?

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Simple, crafty, cheap. This is one costume you can make on a budget and people will recognize exactly who you are. Timmy Turner is one of the most nostalgic cartoon characters of our childhood. This costume is a great homage to the kid with the pink hat.

Selena is cute but what about a zombie Selena?

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We have seen Selena costumes every year and the most common one is clearly the purple jumpsuit. This little fan took it just one step further and delivered a zombie version of la reina. Tbh, we’d probably get bit by a zombie Selena because we’d try to get her to sing for us.

Frida Kahlo + Diego Rivera = Costume Goals

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Recognizable, fun, cultural. Spread that love of your Mexican heritage with a costume paying tribute to two of the most iconic artists to ever come out of Mexico.

This piñata costume is kind of everything our childhood dreams are made of.

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Wow. The time it must have taken to cut and glue the paper without it ripping or falling apart is impressive. That is some señora level of patience and precision. We salute you and the hard work you obviously put in to make your costume one to remember.

Kids are the perfect blank canvas for your costume desires.

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We are going to assume these little ones haven’t watched “The Bride of Chuckie” since it is a little too much for little ones. However, that shouldn’t stop you from using your little tykes to show off your design skills and love of all things horror.

Bad Baby Bunny might be this year’s Halloween winner.

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This is too adorable not to love. Like, wow. The mom behind this costume is one of the greatest costume designers we’ve see. She nailed it with the pants and the extra eye!

No costume list is complete without our favorite superhero El Chapulin Colorado.

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Truly one of the greats. We cannot stress enough how much we enjoy seeing all of your costumes this year. Talk about a great year for homemade and relevant costumes. You all rock!

READ: Students from Northern Arizona University Have Gone Viral for Their Wildly Offensive Halloween Costumes

We Scavenged Instagram For The Cutest DIY Halloween Costumes For Your Little Concha

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We Scavenged Instagram For The Cutest DIY Halloween Costumes For Your Little Concha

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When it comes to getting dressed, we all know that Latinos do it best. When it comes to Halloween this truth gets even scarier. Still, there’s no denying our desire to keep our little ones sweet and savory. This year for the coming Halloween season we’ve come to deliver, yet another, bomb list of costume ideas for you to wear for your nights of spook with your babies. 

From the sweetest looking concha costumes to the greenest avocados, here’s a list of all of the costume ideas to get crafty with before October 31st!

Your elote dreamboy.

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Everyone loves the local elote man and if there’s one costume you’ll have fun with / be praised with for being creative it’s this costume.What you need: For this, you’ll want to get your little one a crate and whole bunch of snacks you’d find on your elote man’s pushcart! Be sure to pair with a nicely sized hat and be sure to remind your little guy to smile, smile smile. After all, it’s the smile that keeps everyone coming back. Bonus points: have your kid pass out actual elotes!

The snuggliest avocado you will ever want to eat.

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Whether you’re a millennial or just an Abuela’s girl who loves her some aguacate, you’ll love this Halloween favorite for your newborn.

What you need: No big sewing tools necessary! For this costume reach into your closet for your oldest green sweater or head down to Goodwill or Target. If your baby is small enough just cut off the hood, bundle your infant up and pull those strings nice and snug tight!

Avocado you forever baby.

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Never fear! We’ve also got a perfect avocado costume for the chica whose baby has outgrown the hoodie trick! What you need: For this crafty costume be prepared to break out the real DIY craft. You’ll need paint, scissors, a thick string material (we recommend yarn!) and whatever kind of firm and longlasting paper material you can get your hands on! Cut out an avocado shape and then use a boxcutter to carve out a nice sized hole for baby’s belly. Paint up the rest! 

Sweetcheeks concha costume! 

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Get those sweet checks the love and costume they deserve this year. To do the sweetness of your baby justice, dress her up in your favorite color elote. Pro tip: this costume is PERFECT for twins!

What you need: A cream-colored pajama set for your little one,  colorful construction paper, scissors, tape or glue and a concha to model.

Start your kids early on their Selena love!

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What you need: For a scrappy version of this iconic Selena look, you’ll want to go for a purple sequin fabric to crisscross the top. Go for purple bottoms and either give your little one big hair OR part it down the middle and slick it back! DO pair this outfit with a pair of cowboy boots and size appropriate hoops if you have them on hand.

The young Frida Kahlo

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You’ve got a burgeoning feminist on your hands and what better way to teach them about smashing glass ceilings then dressing them up as the icon of all eras?

What you need: Flowers, headband, hot glue, brow pencil.

A costume fit for a songstress queen for your little afro-latina reina.

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Use Halloween as a lesson on Afro-Latinidad and the musical icon of all time, by dressing up your baby as the ultimate songstress.

What you need: colorful hair wrap, colorful baby wig, (the smarts not to do blackface)

The cotton candy baby of your dreams.

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Sometimes you find this one on the elote cart, sometimes you don’t but this costume will no doubt, make your friends say “awww!” For the DIY Mom take caution: this costume will almost certainly get your sweet tooth going.

What you need: Whitetop, Pink pom-poms, tape.

A Coquí for your Boribaby.

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No way better to show your love for the Boris in your life right now than to dress up as their ultimate fave character. Teach your baby Bori about PR pride by suiting them as coqui this Halloween.

What you need: Green pajama pants and top. Green gloves, white, green and felt to cut out for eyes, hot glue

The sweetest little calabaza you’ve ever seen.

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Every year they try to tell us that a Halloween pumpkin makes for a trite costume, but we say the calabaza suite is PRICELESS. For your little baby who will stand the test of time when it comes to the love in your heart, 100% go for this costume that will certainly have you upping your DIY game.

What you need: orange uni, black, and green felt, scissors, glitter ribbon, hot glue