Día de los Muertos prints have been a staple in Self Help Graphics & Art’s celebration of the sacred tradition for decades. This year, veteran screenprinter Dewey Tafoya, a fixture at Self Help Graphics & Art, conceived a poster that speaks to the resilience of a people. By combining the imagery of the Nike Cortez with Aztec details in “Los tenis de Cuauhtémoc,” Tafoya is invoking histories that go back thousands of years to the time of Hernán Cortés and the fall of the Aztec empire and juxtaposing it with the current realities of East Los Angeles.
Get a chance to win this limited edition 30 x 22-inch print in commemoration of 2018 Día de los Muertos. Click here for official rules. Enter to win below.
Inspired by rich Oaxacan traditions, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) was brought to East Los Angeles in the 1970s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity. Learn more about this sacred tradition on “Artbound.” Watch now.