More than the literal lowering of a car, the term lowrider refers to a specific set of aesthetic and mechanical preferences within the broad range of practices of car modification and recreational cruising that emerged in the midth-century United States. It connotes a close relationship to the history of Mexican American communities, where the style spread among family and friends through vernacular social networks. Lowriding also developed as a distinctive social activity, comprising public cruising, car club organizations, and competitive show events. Lowriders are distinguishable from other custom cars by the prevalence of specific consumer products such as Chevrolet Impala vehicles and Dayton Wire Wheels; functional modifications such as the use of industrial hydraulic lifts innovated by California customizer Ron Aguirre; and visual iconographies, both figurative and ornamental, which reference other media, such as public murals, film and television, and religious art. The public display of lowrider style came to represent ethno-racial and local pride, with aesthetic competence in lowrider style exemplifying the local knowledge gleaned from the shared experiences of urban Mexican America.
Posted on April 30, by Antonio Moreno Magazines of the lowrider culture have long used semi-nude models in their features and advertisements to attract more readers. Recently one of those magazines, Streetlow , published its latest issue with one of their models wearing a Brown Beret uniform in a sexualized manner. As the Brown Berets have been a symbol in the Chicano community of resistance and revolutionary struggle, this disrespect caused righteous indignation from actual Brown Berets. It also attention to the wider problems of misogyny in this car culture where this would happen. As for the Brown Berets, women have long been active in the organization since their formation in and after. Brown Beret chapters today are organized autonomously in different local regions, and has been an organization where women have been prominent in leadership.
Uncle Tinker, who became a father figure to his nephews, introduced the boys to auto mechanics in an attempt to keep them off the streets and in the process, he taught them about taking pride in their work. The most important lesson that he imparted to them was the positive influence of la familia working together. These would be lessons the Ruelas brothers would one-day pass on to their own sons.
A week after Playboy announced that it will no longer feature nude models in its print edition, Lowrider, a lifestyle magazine focused on Hispanic automotive enthusiasts, will no longer feature female models as part of its automotive photography. Like many other enthusiast magazines targeting young male readers, Lowrider, owned by TEN: The Enthusiast Network, has long included a slice of cheesecake with its coverage of dope rides. However, the magazine is showing the female models the door in favor of a new identity that celebrates Hispanic American culture and a greater focus on related interests and social equality.
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