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Chris Parks, American Artist, Inspired By Mexican Luchador Culture and Religious Icons (PHOTOS)

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Detail from Chris Park's "The Last Fiesta" (2011) | Chris Parks

Jesus is a Mexican luchador. He prefers hard shelled tacos, a Corona with a wedge of lime, and getting together with 12 of his closest friends. Don’t believe us? Ask artist Chris Parks (aka Pale Horse), the mind behind “The Last Fiesta.”

This “shout-out” to Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and several other luchador (Mexican wrestler) themed artwork were inspired by a 2009 trip to Tijuana, Mexico where Parks experienced the fusion between culture and religion on the streets.

“They had luchador mexican wrestling masks hanging up, right on top of each other mixed in with all of the religious stuff,” Parks recounted in an interview with The Huffington Post.

Since then the St. Petersburg, Florida native began his “Luchador series,” placing mexican wrestling masks on a variety of religious icons, from the Virgin Mary and Jesus to Lord Ganesha and Buddha. Several of these pieces were part of the 2011 “Saints & Sinners” exhibition at his Tampa Bay studio. (Check out the artist’s work below.)

“I think it was just kind of mixing pop culture and religion, which I think is a cool idea,” said the self-taught illustrator. “What I like to do a lot of times is take different cultural references and then mix them together, and seeing a lot of the Catholic art that’s all over Mexico, I just thought that it was kind of taking two things that you see everywhere in Mexico and trying to combine them.”

But the series doesn’t end with Jesus and the apostles gathering for one last meal of tacos and Tecate, Parks recently worked with the image of WWE’s masked luchador "Rey Mysterio" and has designed limited edition T-shirts featuring the ‘Fiesta’s’ saintly protagonist.

h/t Pocho

Check out more luchador inspired artwork from the artist:

Mexican Inspired Art By Chris Parks
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