Created on January 15, 2024
Royal St, New Orleans, LA, USA

The Tamale Man

In 2021, I Am An Immigrant asked Ian the Painter to honour Marino Escobar, a New Orleans icon known locally as The Tamale Man. Marino left Guatemala for California over twelve years ago and moved to New Orleans after spending a few months in the Golden State. His sales call — different combinations of “Hot tamales baybeee”, “I love you baybeee”, and “I love you all my life” —reverberates around the narrow crowded streets of the Quarter.

Ian the Painter—The Tamale ManIan the Painter—The Tamale Man
Hunted by Meghan.

Marker details

Camera usedCanon EOS 250D
Marker typeartwork
CityNew Orleans
CountryUnited States