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This New Exhibit Shows The Incredible Evolution Of Lowrider Culture

For Latinos in Los Angeles who grew up around lowriders, car culture is about family. It’s about the days that were spent cruising down Whittier Blvd or bumping oldies on summer nights. And, of course, it’s about the personal expression that the cars represent. Now, a new exhibit is presenting lowriders as they should be: art.

The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración” shows the evolution of lowrider culture.

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The exhibit, on display for an entire year at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is a group show that features installations, lithographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography, and, of course, cars too.

According to a press release by the Petersen Automotive Museum, the lowriders featured in the exhibit combine “automotive ingenuity and imaginative expression.”

The attention to detail is staggering. Each car tells a different story, like this Gypsy Rose Piñata lowrider by artist Justin Favela.

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According to the Petersen Automotive Museum, some of the cars featured include “Our Family Car,” a 1950 Chevrolet Sedan painted by legendary artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján (who died in 2011).

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“El Rey,” a 1963 Chevrolet Impala by Albert De Alba Sr.

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“El Muertorider,” a customized 1968 Chevy Impala by Artemio Rodríguez and  John Jota Leaños.

Gangster Squad ’39,” a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe by Mister Cartoon.

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The show also features amazing paintings and lowrider-inspired items.

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“Chicano culture is so deeply intertwined with the culture of Los Angeles and automobiles represent a rich part of that,” said Terry L. Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “We at the museum are honored to be in a position to share this vibrant and thriving culture with those who might not otherwise be exposed to it. ‘The High Art of Riding Low’ is going to be one of the most important exhibits we’ve curated.”

The show features 50 artists. We dare you to pick a favorite piece.

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The show is on display until July 2018 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles.

READ: Lowriders have Gone Global

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The Latinos Who Defined Skateboarding's Future Featured In 'L.A. Boys' Documentary

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The Latinos Who Defined Skateboarding’s Future Featured In ‘L.A. Boys’ Documentary

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“These were street kids. This was a whole new thing.”

Gabriel Rodriguez, Paulo Diaz, Rudy Johnson, and Guy Mariano were only kids when they filmed their four-minute part for Powell Peralta’s 1989 skate video “Ban This,” but those 240 seconds have arguably gone down as one of the biggest contributions to the history of skateboarding. What the boys lacked in age, they more than made up for in originality and innovation, and, just as important, camaraderie. With every trick they filmed, you could almost hear them rooting for one another, pushing each other to try something new. At a time where vert skating was giving way to street skating, they showed what was possible both on and off a board, and they helped define the direction street skating would take in the future. The documentary ‘L.A. Boys‘ takes these now grown men to the spots they helped make famous, to discuss the filming of this iconic part.

The impact of the boys part in “Ban This” still resonates today.

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“Ban This” might seem tame in comparison with today’s skateboarding, but this part was way ahead of its time in terms of style, tricks, and overall aesthetic. Filmed before sponsors could throw millions of dollars at pros, this part captured four boys from L.A. — three of them Latino — just having fun, skating from spot to spot, not worried about the future, but defining it with every push. “L.A. Boys” is required viewing for anyone interested in the history of skateboarding.

The documentary is available now.

READ: He’s Missing A Leg, But This Latino Skateboarder Still Kills It