Lowrider car parked in garage. Water damage on the garage walls behind the car. Black and white poster showin Jim Morrison on garage wall, hung sideways. Some spraypainted black tag on the wall. Finger of photographer slightly covering camera lens.

Lowrider

Los Angeles, 2005. (The photo is not from the book referred to in the text to the right.)

Photo: Martin Høyem

 

Lowrider Space

We take a special interest in scientific works on outlaw aesthetics here at American Ethnography Quasimonthly. And we also love us some writing on car customization. Thus, when we heard about Ben Chappell’s Lowrider Space, a new publication from the University of Texas Press, we perked up: any academic hep cat who takes a look at lowriders is cool, calm, and a solid wig as far as we’re concerned.

Lowrider Space draws on Chappell’s participant observation fieldwork among car clubs in Austin, Texas. He describes how the lowrider culture creates a social space for its participants, and he points to the value of this space for a group of people who – because of their social status in the society they live in – are often denied access to other spaces.

It’s a cool piece of research, and we’re stoked to share with you an excerpt from the book. Here’s “Regulating Lowrider Space.”

Wrestling Cholitas of Bolivia

We have put together a gallery with some of photographer Patricio Crooker’s images from the Bolivian Lucha Libre scene. Yes, you read that correctly … Bolivian Lucha Libre!

Hot Rod Kulture Culture

“A good thing about Polaroids,” artist and photographer Jack Butler says, “is that you take the picture and it’s ready right away, so you can use the photo to initiate a conversation with your subjects.”

Consciousness produced by intoxicants and anaesthetics

“I realized that in that half hour under ether I had served God more distinctly and purely than I had ever done in my life before, or than I am capable of desiring to do.”

More …

Good dreams?

“He was leaning back on his elbows and crying, with his mouth in a funny position.”

Another one of Morris Edward Opler’s accounts, this one from 1938: The use of Peyote by the Carrizo and Lipan Apache tribes.

 

Southern California Lowriders

In 2005, while he was doing fieldwork among lowriders in the southwestern states of USA, American Ethnography’s owner and editor Martin Hoyem photographed the people he met and their cars. We have made a selection of these photos in a gallery we call Southern California Lowriders: Los Angeles 2005.

What else?

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Proposal to perfume within your region

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Photo: Martin Hoyem. Photo in book: Robert Frank.

Photographer Robert Frank’s The Americans was first published in Paris in 1958, and was recently re-published by Steidl and the National Gallery of Art.

Frank “sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film,” wrote Jack Kerouac in the introduction to the first American edition in 1959. He continued: “To Robert Frank I now give this message: You got eyes.”

American Ethnography got our hands on a copy of the Steidl re-issue, and we give you This, Upon Reading The Americans.

What’s all this, then?
Black and white pen drawing of car interior with chain steering wheel.

American Ethnography is a stranger in a 1972 Riviera, sunburst yellow banged up and dirty, raving coffee madness cruising Main Street of the quiet desert town at 15 miles an hour …”

 
Record sleeve art: Mongo Santamaria Orchestra Mongo Introduces La Lupe

Today we’re digging Mongo Introduces La Lupe by Mongo Santamaria Orchestra.

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