The title Norteño refers to a style of Mexcian folk music influenced by rhythms found in the music of central European immigrants. The central figure of the composition dressed in an 18th century European military uniform grips a cannonball. The figure is either being propelled forward or falling back taking the brunt of its impact. Behind the figure an eagle clutches a rattlesnake in its beak. A disembodied head wearing a ski-mask or balaclava hovers in the pictorial space.
The figure riding a cannonball is a reference to the story of Baron Von Munchausen. Historically, a soldier of the Russo-Turkish War, he rose in celebrity among the German aristocracy telling outrageous stories based on his military career. These tall tales have been the subject of literature and films including a 1943 nazi Volksfilm style propaganda film that upheld the values of the nazi party while also distracting the masses from the war.