Photographer Cade MARTIN c/o ANDREA HEBERGER on his project : "I shot the Luchadores on a rooftop in L.A. They carried themselves with such confidence and with an obvious pride in the tradition of Lucha Libre. Some of the older wrestlers maintained their character – in masks – from the moment they parked their car... I loved every second of this shoot."
Lucha Libre (Spanish for free-style fight) is a form of professional wrestling which was developed in Mexico. Lucha Libre goes back to the early 1930s, when Salvador Lutteroth brought American wrestlers he had seen in Texas with him to Mexico. A person who practices Lucha Libre is called a Luchador or Luchadora. The rules are similar to those in American wrestling. Matches are won by pinning the opponent to the mat until the referee counts to three, by forcing the opponent to give up, when the opponent is outside the ring (referee counts to ten), or by disqualification.