Entries by DrPokk

Mexican mirrors Part 1: exotic pieces of art

Thinking about Mexico, a lot of beautiful things might come to your mind: sandy beaches, tropical forests, Aztec temples, delicious food, great music…but have you heard about Mexican Mirrors? Probably you haven’t yet. Do you want to check out the most wonderful pieces of art, made entirely by hand, from the carving of the tin […]

The Beautiful Skeletons of La Tienda

Our Catrinas available in the La Tienda Webstore are original, handmade Mexican masterpieces. The skeletons are crafted with traditional techniques from fire-clay, and are brought to life (or not?) by colorful acrylic paint applied by artisans. The pieces that “strut their stuff” in our Webstore are 25, 30 or 38 cm tall, have a detachable […]

The Elegant Skulls

The “La Calavera Catrina” (the elegant skull) was originally the title of a line-engraving work of art by a Mexican artist, José Guadalupe Posada dated 1913. The artist created a series of calaveras, which were humorous images of contemporary figures depicted as human skeletons or skulls. These were often accompanied by humorous poems, some of […]

The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

The ”Día De los Muertos” (The Day of the Dead/All Souls’ Day) is one of the most important Latin-American holidays, particularly celebrated in Mexico with special customs and festivities. The celebration co-occurs with the Roman Catholic Church holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 1st and 2nd). However, the Latin-American origins of […]

Latin-America going strong at World Cup 2014 in Brazil

In our last blog, we gave you an insight on the roots of modern football (soccer) in Mesoamerica. Now that the Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil takes a short break after the group stage, we would like to draw a short conclusion regarding the performance of the Latin-American teams, since there is something to […]

Mesoamerica, the home of football

The greatest sport event with strong Latin connections has finally begun this week! Naturally, we are talking about the Football World Cup in Brazil, where the best 32 national teams of the world meet, among them nine countries representing the South- and Central-American region. If we also take into consideration reigning champions Spain and the […]

Cinco de Mayo, a famous Mexican National Holiday

One of the most important national holidays of Mexico is the Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May. With the country’s history rich in wars and armed conflicts, this time Mexicans commemorate the 1862 Battle of Puebla, which has caused a significant impact ont he future of not only Mexico, but the whole North-American continent. […]

My first Mexican bathroom sink

How did we realize Mexican bathroom sinks existed at all? It was around the spring of 2009 – way before establishing La Tienda -, when my wife and I started thinking about renovating the bathroom of our house. All we knew was that we have had enough of the conventional, and had not wanted to […]

Talavera decorative tiles: the second skin of Mexicans

Decorative tiles of blue and white: the beginnings of Talavera Among Talavera ceramics, traditional decorative tiles are the most prevalent. These are applied in a rich and tasteful way in all areas of Mexican interior design, and they also embellish all kinds of public places. The writer, Alberto Ruy Sanchez Lacy summed up the significance […]