Danny Trejo and Pancho Lisa


Tuesday afternoon I’m stuck in traffic on my way to Lowes. I resort to side streets, then an alternative route through Pacoima, where I was confronted by….Danny Trejo!  Chicano Badass. The Machete. Glowering, Stalinesque and 20 feet high.

‘What you doing in this neighborhood, ese?’

‘Why…why I’m off to buy boards to repair the back fence.’


‘May I pass?’


‘One more picture?’


On the other side of the building I found this fanciful mash-up of Mexican history and classical reproduction:


These wall murals, as well as several others on the same block, are the work of local talent Levi Ponce.