Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul
“Lowriting is a collection of stories, poetry, memories and fantasies about lowriding culture straight from the soul – the Chicano soul.”
“[L]owrider isn’t just a car, and they’re not merely for driving from point A to point B. They also represent the social, political, and artistic struggles and triumphs of Chicano culture,” says librarian and photographer Art Meza.
Meza can now add his book of photographs, poems and short stories on lowriding titled “Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul” to the list of Chicano triumphs.
“Lowriders are one element of ‘La Pachucada,’ the Pachuco style born in El Paso, Texas, in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Mexican actor German Valdes brought the zoot suits pachucos wore to the silver screen, and the Godfather of Chicano Music, Lalo Guerrero, sang about the style on many of his songs. Mexican-American pachucos took great pride in their appearance, so naturally that meant their cars had to be ‘reet complete’ (cool) as well,” writes Meza, who also goes by Chicano Soul online. His Chicano soul is definitely present in Lowriting.
Buy Art’s photographs and a specially signed copy of “Lowriting” at Etsy
“Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul” is also available for purchase at Broken Sword Publications