I’ve always been intrigued by the mystery and charm of the Luchador — the masked (Mexican) lucha libre wrestler.
The honour of being a hero without ever being known. Acclaimed, but never truly receiving the fame.
The intricate designs of the mask draw the crowd; the agility and the heroics keeps them begging for more.
My obsession stemmed from my childhood, growing up as an avid wrestling fan. Whatever acronyms that had a ‘W’, that was a W for me. But when the era of face paints fade (see Sting, Ultimate Warrior), diminutive wrestlers of incredible speed and dexterity with these awesome masks occupied my imagination. Rey Mysterio before his 619 days alongside luminaries such as Psicosis and Juventud Guerrera spring immediately to mind!
And what started out as a fascination to pencil mask designs on scraps of paper became an obsession to get them designs (on a tee shirt) to the printer.
By my own admission, I can’t draw for nuts. But what I can do is to envision my own tee with a luchador, sketch out a rough prototype and curry-favour my wife to make these dreams a reality (she designs, I creatively direct).
With the world in its current unprecedented state of chaos, I thought a friendly, but firm, reminder would be great to get everyone to calm their titties and watch out for each other.
And for added punch, I’ve included two. Two luchadores to remind you to stay safe and to warn everybody who’s anybody to stay the F**K away. Social distancing, madafakas.
Not forgetting my South East Asian Malay roots, I dubbed this tee the ‘Bahan Lucha’ tee, a wordplay on bahan lucah — the Malay phrase describing material that is of suggestive and raunchy nature.
Presenting the Bahan Lucha tee — it’s so dope it almost didn’t make it pass the censors.