Lucha Libre Makes the Forgotten Off / On Switch Cool August 24 2010

We have boring switchplate covers in our house. White ones. Some super old ones with layers of paint encrusting the edges to the wall. And our dining room light switch is naked and showing all its stuff. Super classy!

Now these switchplate covers are the kind that only super cool people put in their house. I saw these in a shop at the Placita Olvera in Los Angeles. I especially like the lucha libre ones--and in particular the ones of El Santo, who is like the Elvis of lucha libre.

I don't really watch lucha libre, but I have a fascination with the early luchadores as folk heros (like Mil Mascaras and Blue Demon) and the films of the '50s, '60s and '70. I've done quite a bit of reading up on it and watched a few of the films. It's very dudish, but I just like classic lucha, like the idea of two identities or two sides to everyone (like Dos Borreguitas :).  I think as soon as I get around to it, I'll put up one of these switchplates in baby K's room. Gotta balance the pink with something testosterone-filled.

You can find similar switchplates here and here and here online. There's also Dia de los Muertos, Frida and Loteria switchplates. Most are less than ten bucks.