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Third-generation lowrider Orlando Holguin, six years old, was riding low and slow before he could walk. [Video by Shannon Cottrell for the L.A. Weekly.]

lowridercincodemayoEvery year for Cinco de Mayo the lowriders cruise to Los Angeles’ Elysian park for some fun family time and spectacular hydraulic jumpin’. Sunday’s conclave was captured in this video from MancaveTV. [Hiphop soundtrack is NSFW with N-word etc.] [Mas…]

warcincoThis 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back.

L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, the only original member in the new so-called WAR), Howard Scott (guitar, Lowrider Band), Harold Brown (drums, Lowrider Band), BB Dickerson (bass, Lowrider Band), Lee Oskar (harmonica, Lowrider Band). Not pictured, Papa Dee (RIP, percussion).

[DISCLOSURE: I was WAR’s National Director of Album Promotion for a while and ate so often at the Sunset Grill (like in the Eagles song) I had credit.] [Mas…]


Book your final ride in advance, pochos, or you could be stuck with Uber…or something slower…and lower!

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Not so long ago
And not very far
Lived a jolly young man
With a lowrider car

His name it was Felix
Navidad was his name
And he was known ’round the world
So great was his fame

He was just a man
Just like you or like me
He couldn’t fly through the air
Or walk on the sea

But his heart it was big
And his soul knew no cages
And wherever he went
He brought gifts for all ages

He didn’t have elves
Way up at the North Pole
But he knew lots of Hopi
Maya, Navaho and Huichol [Mas…]


Diva Darlene Love’s classic rock operatic anthropological study of how non-Christians deal with/avoid/cope with the biggest (second biggest?) Christian holy day of the year. [Mas…]

The Daily Show in Texas: Are Latinos worse than Chinese? (video)

by Chale Knickerbocker October 30, 2014 El Now
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Jon Stewart and The Daily Show are in Austin, Texas, which is right next to, well, you know … that other country. POCHO’s Migrant Editor Al Madrigal went to the Lone Star State to find out why exactly Texans think Latinos are worse than Koreans and Chinese. Have we mentioned that Al is EL HOMBRE?

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La Cucaracha: Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 6, 2014 Cartoons
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Puro Pinche Oldie: Brown Brothers of Soul’s ‘Ese Cholo’ (video)

by MOON GUAC March 20, 2014 Cultura
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This groovy instrumental featuring a Hammond organ, very much in the late 1960s early 1970s Green Onions and Shotgun groove, is from the The Brown Brothers of Soul. It’s called Ese Cholo.

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Art ‘Chicano Soul’ Meza loves the ‘Lowriting’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz March 7, 2014 Audio
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POCHO’s favorite photographer — Art Meza AKA Chicano Soul — tells KCRW’s Lisa Napoli about his first book, Lowriting. Lowrider culture, the Echo Park native says, reflects pride in your heritage and pride in your community. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti likes his Art Meza photo of the iconic Sixth Street Bridge:

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‘Tokyo: Living La Vida Lowrider’ by Luis J. Rodríguez

by Luis J. Rodríguez February 12, 2014 Cultura
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A row of bald-headed, broad-shouldered young men stand together in the middle of a small smoky dance club called Sound Base. They wear well pressed Dickies pants, Locs (wrap-around shades), extra-long flannel shirts or long cotton athletic shirts in black and gray. A few had T-shirts with images of lowrider cars as well as cholas […]

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Sneak Peak: Art Meza’s photos from ‘Lowriting’

by Especial Correspondents February 12, 2014 Cultura
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Art Meza sent us three photos from Lowriting, like this shot of a Chicana who knows you can’t go lowrider cruising without the hoop earrings and ink. Click to enlarge. In case you didn’t see it, the Lowriting book review is here. This lowered Chevy Bel-Air coupe with fender skirts is a sweet ride:

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San Diego lowriders hop to the music — opera (video)

by LOWEN SLO February 7, 2014 Cultura
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Anyone can make a video of San Diego low riders hopping, and lowrider fans partying. But not everyone can set it to operatic music. Filmmaker Gloria Morán, of San Francisco, did just that. PREVIOUSLY ON LOWRIDERS:

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Survey says? Pocho Ocho top Chipster New Year’s Resolutions

by Especial Correspondents January 15, 2014 Cultura
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To be a Chipster (Chicano + Hipster) is not a destination, but a journey, and seekers must never rest. These are the Pocho Ocho Chipster New Year’s Resolutions our readers shared with us: 8. Despite the Indio heritage that gives me a sparse Fu Manchu facial hair configuration, I resolve to grow a Chente-strength bigote […]

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Oy vey! It’s ‘Christmastime for the Jews’ (SNL music video)

by SOY VEY December 25, 2013 Cultura
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Oy vey! From SNL, it’s diva Darlene Love’s classic rock operatic anthropological study of how non-Christians deal with/avoid/cope with the biggest (second biggest?) Christian holy day of the year.

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Poetry for Christmas: The Amazing Story of Felix Navidad

by Victor Payan December 24, 2013 Cultura
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Not so long ago And not very far Lived a jolly young man With a lowrider car His name it was Felix Navidad was his name And he was known round the world So great was his fame He was just a man Just like you or like me He couldn’t fly through the air […]

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Lowriders in Thailand ride a little lower (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés August 26, 2013 Cultura
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How low can you go? This Thai lowrider scooter also rides a little slower. MORE LOWRIDERS:

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Pocho Ocho ways to tell you’re watching ‘Latino ñews’

by Especial Correspondents July 24, 2013 Cultura
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It’s no surprise to us Pochodores — it’s why we started POCHO.COM: Actual research reveals more and more U.S. Latinos are getting their ñews in Ingles — ñews from respected journalists like brothers Jorge Cooper-Ramos (right), and Anderson Ramos-Cooper (left.) OK, sometimes Latinos get their ñews from Gustavo Almadovar live in the O.C., but not lately. Meanwhile, Univision is leading […]

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Dateline Република Србија: All my friends know the lowrider (video)

by N. KULTURNY CHELOVEK June 7, 2013 Cultura
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In the formerly-Soviet Република Србија (Republic of Serbia), lowrider rides you!

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@Chicano_Soul’s photographs ride lower and slower

by ART MEZA May 6, 2013 Cultura
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I don’t consider myself a photographer but I do enjoy walking through car shows, up and down the aisles admiring the bombs, lowriders and classics and snapping a few pix while I’m there. I photograph the rides and sometimes their owners standing beside them. I started off using the camera on my Samsung phone but […]

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eBay ‘sniper’ outbids local man for ‘Chola Low Riders’ pulp magazine

by MING SANS MERCI February 6, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from PDX) Area collector Reynaldo “Ronnie” Morales’ heart was broken Sunday night when a last-minute auction bid from an eBay “sniper” pushed the coveted September 1953 issue of Amazing Future Tales out of his grasp and into the arms of another. The sniper killed Morale’s chances with a $37.83 winning bid. Morales had […]

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Huell Howser is classic in this ‘Lowrider Magazine’ car show video

by Lalo Alcaraz January 7, 2013 El Now
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I am sad about yesterday’s passing of a California treasure, the extremely upbeat public TV host Huell Howser. He was the longtime host of California Gold, a show that covered the nuggets of Cali history in a hilarious and charming way. If you don’t understand the fuss, watch this classic video of Huell cheerily interviewing participants at […]

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