oil on panel
48" x 32"
This piece was done in an ex-voto style format with text box below, was inspired by the lyrics to Manu Chao's song of the same title. The included song lyrics "Welcome to Tijuana, Tequila, Sexo, Marijuana con el coyote no hay aduana". which translate as "Welcome to tijuana, tequila, sex, marijuana with a smuggler there is no customs stop". The song beautifully captures the struggles of the Mexican border city. The lyrics continue "Welcome Death, courtesy of american cash". With this in mind I depicted a muerto flasher wearing traditional mariachi sombrero as is was common in 20th century Tijuana tourist photos in which gringos would have their photo taken at the border wearing mexican sombreros.