Saturday, July 7, 2012

Lucha Libre | Mexican Wrestling in the streets of South Park, Wash.

Rule #58674635: If something comes up after your shift and you feel too pooped to get yourself there, you should go. Naturally, it will turn out to be the best thing you photographed all day (or all month, for that matter). An impromptu Mexican wrestling event - complete with a legit ring in the center of an intersection - was my most recent reminder of this. Enjoy the glistening, shaven flesh.


Wrestler El Fenix, in red, is choked out by X Men, in yellow, in the final round of a fight during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash. In the dying evening light, teams of dressed up fighters duked it out with dreams of a golden title belt.


Mary Jane Payne cries out in pain as her head is forced over the edge of the ring by wrestler Christopher Ryseck's hands during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Christopher Ryseck triumphantly stands over Mary Jane Payne after bodyslamming her during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Beads of sweat and fake diamonds glint on the chest of Christopher Ryseck during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Henry Geltz, 8, right, joins the cacophony of screams created by other attendees during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Mike "El Sonico" Jacinto bares his teeth for a portrait during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Wrestler El Fenix shows for the audience after winning a round against an opponent during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash. In the dying evening light, teams of dressed up fighters duked it out with dreams of a golden title belt.


Nick "Devil" Whitten packs up his car to head back to Tacoma after watching a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.

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