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.
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.
Cholos had a distinctive style:
- White ‘wife beater’ t-shirt
- Loose fitting Dickies khaki pants
- Flannel shirts
- Nike Cortez sneakers
- White knee-high soaks
- Religious and calligraphic tattoos
- Slicked hair, bandana, hairnet
Cholos use graffiti to to mark a gangs terroritial influence on a neighbourhood.
Some Cholo pastimes are:
- Lowrider vehicles
Pete Wingfield ’18 With A Bullet’ http://youtu.be/3toBfCJt67w
Kingsmen ‘ Louie Louie’ http://youtu.be/0WcgqXMncf4 was poular for its latino beat.