A new mural overlooking Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights features a black and white portrait of 60-year-old mariachi Rafael Rubio. Steve Saldivar created the above video of artist Robert Vargas painting Rubio’s image on the wall of Eastide Luv, a bar on the east side of the plaza. Vargas spent about three hours painting the portrait of Rubio, who was selected at random as the subject of the mural, according to Saldivar’s Vimeo page. KPCC blogger Leslie Berestein Rojas said the video reflects the changes underway in this section of Boyle Heights”
The video subtly captures the generational and cultural divide taking place on a gentrifying E. 1st Street, where the mariachis who have worked there for decades now find themselves elbow to elbow with upwardly mobile second- and third-generation young Latinos who frequent nightspots like Eastside Luv and the M-Bar.