1970s Cholos

LA Gang Life 2009

  • Definition:
 ‘A cholo is term implying a Hispanic male that typically dresses in chinos, a wifebeater sleeveless teeshirt or a flannel shirt with only the top buttoned, a hairnet, or with a bandana around the forehead, usually halfway down over the eyes. Cholos often have black ink tattoos, commonly involving Catholic imagery, or calligraphy messages or family names. Cholos often drive low riders’.-  Urban Dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cholo
  • The sub-culture begun in the 1970s with the immigration of Mexicans into the US. Most were illegal yet they resided in California, Texas and Arizona.
  •  The derogtory term was created by Hispanic criollos in the 16th century and was the name given to pure or mixed American Indian ancestry.

Pachucos, The Origin of Pachuco and Cholo style fashion by J'aime Rubio 2011

Pachuco another Mexican-American style from the 1940’s was an influence for the Cholos along with Hip-Hop.

  • Cholos came from low income families and were associated with crime such as robberies, ‘Gang bangs’, prostitution and murder.
  • Style

Cholos had a distinctive style:

  1. White ‘wife beater’ t-shirt
  2. Loose fitting Dickies khaki pants
  3. Flannel shirts
  4. Nike Cortez sneakers
  5. White knee-high soaks
  6. Religious and calligraphic tattoos
  7. Slicked hair, bandana, hairnet

Southsiderd: Motorcycle Culture 2008

Kid Frost, first Cholo Hip Hop star by Latin Flow

Adeel 2011

LA Gang Life 2009

  • Cholos use graffiti to to mark a gangs terroritial influence on a neighbourhood.

Some Cholo pastimes are:

  1. Lowrider vehicles
A Thugs Life 2010

      Kingsmen ‘ Louie Louie’ http://youtu.be/0WcgqXMncf4 was poular for its latino beat.

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