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The history of the lucha mask goes back hundreds of years.

“The mask is the most important accessory in lucha libre because the mask makes a warrior,” according Magno, a luchador for over 20 years.

Luchadores place such a premium on their in-ring personas that they refuse to reveal their identities whenever they appear at an event. The mask draws from Mexican history in which Mayans and Aztecs warriors would complete for superiority.

“They used to paint their faces to symbolize the warrior because they used to fight against each other to become the god, to become the top one,” according to Magno.


Orders were flooding in to the Caretas REV factory Wednesday (Grupo REV; Ghoulish Productions, Caretas REV, Plásticos y Vinilos REV, Todo Para Halloween, Monster House, La Karpa de la Parka) for latex masks depicting Donald Trump.

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“The Zorro story, invented in 1919 by pulp fiction author Johnston McCulley, tells the tale of an aristocrat in Spanish California who dons a mask to fight against corrupt colonial officials on behalf of the oppressed,” writes Marlon Bishop of Latino USA. [Mas…]


The band is called Chango and they played Wednesday in the Delancey Street Station in Lower Manhattan.

La Cucaracha: OMG, it’s a topless beach! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 14, 2014 Cartoons
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Behind the scenes with ‘Anonymous’ (animated GIF)

by LA VACA MUERTA November 12, 2013 Cultura

Not now, Mom — I’m overthrowing the government! (Photo by whatdoesthefawkessay.) PREVIOUSLY ON ANONYMOUS:

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Luchadores on vacation: The phony masks come off! (photos)

by EL BONGO October 16, 2013 Cultura
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When luchadores go on vacation, their phony masks come off — revealing the real masks underneath.

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Japanese city council bans masked councilman ‘Skull Reaper A-Ji’

by DAPHNE STRASSMAN March 18, 2013 Cultura
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A storm is percolating in the southern Japanese city of Oita, where a politician a la Santo Enmascarado refuses to take off his luchador mask in order to attend city council meetings. The council members are prohibiting newly-elected Skull Reaper A-Ji from participating in city business unless he is unmasked. Reaper A-Ji refuses to give […]

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Jesus Christos and His 12 Apostle-Luchadores: ‘The Last Fiesta’ (toons)

by HESPERIA LA LUZ August 22, 2012 Cartoons
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Jesus drinks Corona, of course, and tacos, taquitos and burritos are on the menu in this painting of the Last Fiesta by Pale Horse, a fine art illustrator. Who is that drinking Tecate? Pale Horse writes: The Last Fiesta’ is my 12-skateboard deck shout-out to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ with Jesus Christos and […]

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Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero: Good vs evil, plus a little kid (video)

by Comic Saenz June 9, 2012 Cultura
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The late, “despicable” wrestling pocho Eddie Guerrero insists opponent Rey Mysterio seat his son Dominic Mysterio ringside — so the son will witness Guerrero’s trimumph over his dad, up close and personal. Will Mysterio be so pre-occupied with his son’s safety that he’ll lose focus and let Guerrero’s distraction trick work its evil magic? Evil […]

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El Conjunto Nueva Ola is chido! ‘Chido Chido’ actually (music video)

by La Chata March 23, 2012 Cultura
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TGIF Music Video from La Chata’s Music Box: El Cunjunto Nueva Ola — a crew of masked cumbia-loving luchadores — has a new album out called Chido Chido. No, no I am not saying it’s chido (cool in English.) Well, actually, it is. This tune is called Cumbia Town.

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