I visited Frank Chavez’ auto shop on May 25, 2014. Mr. Chavez specializes in restoring Chevrolet trucks 1937-54 and cars from 1935-65 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I spent a few hours talking with him about low rider symbols such as dice, tattoos, religious symbols.
The conversation started because Mr. Chavez took out a book from his archives called Low ‘n Slow: Lowriding in New Mexico by photographer Jack Parsons. It’s a beautifully illustrated hardcover book that illustrates the culture of low riders in northern New Mexico.
Mr. Chavez is also a member of the Duke’s Car Club Albuquerque Chapter. According to the club’s web site, the organization is “the world’s oldest lowrider club in continuous existence.”
I met Mr. Chavez at the 30th Annual Car Show presented by the Albuquerque Museum and the New Mexico Council of Car Clubs on May 18, 2014.