Nuevo Culture

Mexican Artist Collaborates with U.S. Postal Service on Piñata Stamps

In celebration of Our Heritage Month, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released a set of festive Piñatas! Forever stamps. The stamps come in four traditional designs – a pair of donkeys and a pair of seven-point stars.

Víctor Meléndez designed the stamps and created the original art, and Antonio Alcalá served as the project’s art director. According to a press release from the USPS, the color palette for the stamps was inspired by Mexican culture, “including the vibrant colors of small-town houses, traditional hand-sewn dresses, handmade toys and flowers, and classic piñatas themselves.”

“One of the reasons I feel proud to work at the Postal Service is because we are one of the nation’s oldest and most admired public service institutions,” Isaac Cronkhite, chief processing and distribution officer and executive vice president of U.S. Postal Service, said in a statement.

He added: “Part of that proud history is celebrating our multifaceted heritage through stamps. Ours is truly a world culture, and our stamps allow us to weave together the many threads of our national tapestry, and piñatas are the perfect example of this.”

According to a press release from the USPS, this is the third straight year it has released stamps in honor of the Latine community. It also released Dia de Muertos stamps in 2021 and mariachi stamps last year, which were inspired by movie posters from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.

The USPS is currently selling the stamps in booklets of 20. They can be purchased at postal stores across the country and at the USPS website.