If you go back to the 50s Southern California to find the not-so-smooth beginning of the low-riding. Back then, the young Mexican Americans commonly known as the Chicanos in LA began using their car not as a means of transport, but as an ethnic statement. Just see, during the economic boom past World War II, the majority of White Americans were hot ridding i.e. they jacked cars up and slotted the most enormous engine they could find in them, however they wanted to refuse the notion of being Anglicized, Hispanic communities, on the contrary, did the exact opposite, as a four-wheeled F-you.
In order to slam their cars to the ground, they would lob bags of cement or chop springs. Then drive at a slow pace in an act of rebellion & non-conformity. However, they would also go overboard with the details i.e. putting on intricate emblems, energetic candy paintwork showcasing Mexican-American religious symbolism and imagery. At this point, they were more art than just cars.
From the 60s onwards, this new trend of ‘lowriding’ persisted to develop & helped build a community for Latin America’s Chicanos; it brought together families, established car clubs & was used as a way of giving back. Years and years after, the strict aesthetic style of lowriders has become synonymous with Los Angeles and is often wrongly associated with violence as the scene was harbored within East Latin America which is considered to be one of the fearsome & violent ganglands in America. It has also risen speedily in popularity, particularly during hip hop’s G-funk era where Snoop Dogg helped PR lowriders to the world by means of MTV. With wild hydraulics, Dee-oh-double-gee bounced his way around with Doctor Dre ‘hittin’ switches’ to help spread the lowrider love to a whole new generation.