Tales of Masked Men has been in my life for several years. I was mesmerized by lucha libre and masked wrestlers when I was a boy and it was fascinating to revisit the world years later. These are photographs of the many people and things that I encountered during the journey.
With El Hijo del Santo at his home in Mexico City. 2012.
The one that got away: Arena San Juan Pantitlan in Mexico CIty. The venue that I would have loved to have shot in. Look at the narrow balconies. 2012.
John Avila and Jesus “Chuy” Perez work out “Corrido de los Luchadores” prior to recording the song. The song runs over the film’s end credits. 2012.
Blue Demon Jr. enters the ring for a match in Mexico City. 2012.
The statue of wrestler Shocker outside of his restaurant in Mexico City. 2012.
A sign outside wrestler Super Astro’s restaurant in Tijuana, Baja California. 2010.
Jesus takes care of things in heaven while Blue Demon takes care of things on earth. A shrine inside Super Astro’s restaurant in Tijuana, Baja California. 2010.
A young fan dressed as Blue Demon Jr. in Austin, Texas. 2010.
A Day of the Dead shrine to Blue Demon (the father) in Mexico CIty. This was in the storefront of the Blue Demon Jr. boutique in Mexico CIty. 2010.
Lucha Libre masks for sale on Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles. 2011.
Young wrestler awaiting his turn to wrestle during a benefit lucha libre match in Mexico City. They were raising funds to support the wrestling program at an inner city gym.
A young fan in Santa Maria, California holds on to his Blue Demon Jr. stuffed doll.
Up close lucha libre action: Ultimo Guerrero with a shredded mask. I can’t believe I was about four feet away from this.
Mascarita Sagrada and fellow wrestlers after a training session in a Mexico City gym. 2006
The creative chaos of a lucha libre mask making shop in Mexico CIty. 2006.
Atlantis – during his “rudo” phase – pulls off Mistico’s mask during a match. 2006.
Boys in Fray Tormenta’s Home for Boys hold up photos of the wrestler / priest in action. 2006.
A sign announcing a Lucha Libre event in Downtown Los Angeles. 2008.
Blue Demon Jr. poses for fans in at Miramar Western Wear shop in Santa Maria, California. 2010.
The talented luchador exotico, Maximo before a match in Arena Aficion, Pachuca, Hidalgo.
Dick “The Destroyer” Beyer, Fray Tormenta and Mil Mascaras at the Cualiflower Alley Club convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. 2006.
Tijuana, Baja California – Super Porky and Blue Demon Jr. during a match at El Auditorio Municipal. 2005.
The great Daniel “Huracan Ramirez” Garcia in his study in his home in Mexico City.
Arena Mexico, the “cathedral of lucha libre” in Mexico City. 2006.
Busts of luchadores for sale outside of Arena Mexico. 2006.
A “La Virgen de Guadalupe in a lucha libre ring” shrine in Arena Aficion in Pachuca, Hidalgo. 2006.
Lucha Libre photographs and posters in the lobby of Arena Aficion in Pachuca, Hidalgo. 2006.