by Cora Tang
I was approached by Juan, the owner and operator of Oscar's Mexican Seafood in La Jolla, to paint a mural at their storefront which would tell the story of Oscar's humble beginnings. He and his wife had started the business as a food truck, and it gained a following fast because of the consistently amazing, fresh fish tacos. Thus, the mural of a food truck was born, underwater, and surrounded by vibrant sea creatures, where live shrimp come to cannibalize, and a school of fish in the formation "taco" help promote the product. The mural is now a landmark for Oscar's patrons, and captures the attention of the beach's steady foot traffic.
Inside Oscar's is La Cena Final, a parody painting of Da Vinci's famous The Last Supper. It is an effective conversation piece, featuring famous Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the place of prophets and saints, and on their menu is identifiable Oscar's food in place of holy loaves of bread.