5.29.2016

THE ART OF BAJITO Y SUAVECITO - LOW & SLOW


"In New Mexico the LOWRIDER is an art form; an expression of values 
of the Hispanic culture...It is a mural, a living expression of 
religious faith, nobility and freedom."

 Carmella Padilla  co-author of the book "Low ‘N Slow



Last weekend 200 amazingly-resplendent lowrider cars descended on Santa Fe's Historic Plaza and TRIPPED THE LIGHT FANTASTIC. They pranced, hopped, tilted and paraded to the delight of hundreds of enthusiastic folks who had gathered to see these feats of restoration, engineering and undeniable works of art.












WHAT IS A LOWRIDER?

Lowrider cars are highly-customized automobiles. They have their frame lowered until it nearly touches the ground; savvy hydraulic lifts are installed that can raise and lower the height of the vehicle and with powerful springs, these beautifully-morphed cars can rock, bounce and lift several feet into the air. 




Hydraulics fitted into  truck beds, trunks and back seats...


But what makes these cars so provocative is the exquisite mingling of engineering and head-turning design.  They are works of art; each car a canvas reflecting a rich cultural/religious heritage and an unwavering pride of community. 

















Lowrider cycles too...






More detailing....





WHISTLE CLEAN ENGINES...




There are about 200 lowrider clubs in New Mexico...








 Historians trace this uniquely Mexican pastime to Juarez, Mexico, circa 1920, where stylish young men would cruise the town in customized American cars. No fancy hydraulics, just heaps of sandbags in the trunk of the car.


The pride is in the smile...




B R A V O

This vibrant, cultural Hispanic event should become an annual happening in Santa Fe. It's a celebration of artistry and community.

CHECK OUT TWO MARVELOUS LOWRIDER EXHIBITIONS...


Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico” will be on display through March 5, 2017. 
“This exhibit is about people 
who express themselves through pride in their ride."
Daniel Kosharek, Photo Curator - History Museum
A collection of photographs, sculptures, paintings and videos highlighting the lowrider lifestyle and its connection with religion and community.

"The lowrider car is a personal utopia and to enter it is to leave the everyday world behind and to become extraordinary for a while." 
Katherine Ware, Curator of photography - New  Mexico Museum of Art

                 PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU THINK THIS                 SHOULD BE AN ANNUAL EVENT
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