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70’s & 80’s CHOLAS Culture

Vatos get the glory, but we all know it’s the Cholas that hold everything down. I have always had a fasination with gang culture and the people who lived it! Living in Southern California in the 70’s & 80’s, it was all around me, even though I was never a part of one. I had family members that found their self worth in either the Bloods or the Crips, so set claiming was not forgein to me. Latino gangs played by their own set of rules, meaning they had different rules and a sense of fashion than their African American counter parts. In my book, Cholas were Deathrock before there was even the term Deathrock. Their steez has always looked rad to me, from the pancake make up to the chola braclets to the hairspray-drenched hair to their heavily starched jeans. These urban female warriors of gangsterism would not take any shit! I remember seeing Latino girls hand out beatdowns to anyone they thought dissed them or their V-13 Familia. Every hood had its flavor of dressing, but certain things remained the same. You can see the of Chola culture impact on mainstream culture even to this day. More than just beating fools up, these young women shared a bond of loyality that could not be broken. Put on some oldies, scroll down and celebrate underground inner city culture!


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  1. Evan Leek
    November 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    Makyla Sanchez

  2. Timothy D White
    November 28, 2015 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    All of the pics with the raiders gear and bulky flannel was early 90s, back when I was in high school.

    Sorta sucks because a lot of the ladies just basically wore the same shit as the dudes; where the 70’s and 80’s chola look was tough and sexy.

  3. Jaden Fitzgerald
    November 28, 2015 at 4:21 am — Reply

    Nice, I’m a heavy metal man myself soo,nice.

  4. Scott Chase
    November 28, 2015 at 2:55 am — Reply

    Kyle Oels

  5. Kendy Paxia
    November 27, 2015 at 10:08 pm — Reply

    in the late 80s & 90s when i was in junior high a lot of girls were copying their older sister’s style. i learned the power of hair spray, arched brows and black liner. oldies forever!

  6. Spencer Gilbert
    November 27, 2015 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    Angel Coma

  7. Shane Vigil
    November 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    Darrian DeHerrera

  8. Karolina Rojas
    November 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm — Reply

    Cholita Nicolás Cuestas

  9. Matthew Marckmann
    November 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    Nola and Monica, this made me think of both of you for some reason…

  10. Anastacia Von Hölle
    November 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Jacqueline Diaz

  11. Elizabeth De Anna Luz
    November 27, 2015 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    Regina Sanchez

  12. Rudolfo Alexzander Carrillo
    November 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    The way of clothing really changed in the late 80s, I remember growing up in the car club vulture of the 70s and early 80s. By the time colors and the gangster hip hop explosion happened the style changed drastically and cholo culture really turned and died in most respects of its original culture. it tends to Change dramatically every 15-20 years.

  13. Jason Sepulveda
    November 27, 2015 at 11:32 am — Reply

    Bad Ass! Crazy days and good times!!

  14. Fernando Ortega Jr.
    November 27, 2015 at 11:25 am — Reply

    Michael Yanes

  15. Jonny Streety
    November 27, 2015 at 10:53 am — Reply

    Kaththea Brown
    Janee Adrianson

  16. Sean Lindstrand
    November 27, 2015 at 10:49 am — Reply

    Sylvia Ruckus

  17. Stephen Santa Cruz
    November 27, 2015 at 10:02 am — Reply

    Ana Ortega Juanita Peralta

  18. Salvador Diaz Orduña
    November 27, 2015 at 9:39 am — Reply

    Bree Flores, checkout this.

  19. Mark Masching
    November 27, 2015 at 9:26 am — Reply

    I thought dethrock was a Beavis and Butthead thing

  20. Chris Whitehead
    November 27, 2015 at 8:14 am — Reply


  21. Le ßk
    November 27, 2015 at 7:51 am — Reply

    Wal Doe

  22. Ivana Zeri
    November 27, 2015 at 7:39 am — Reply

    Growing up in southern Cali, and seeing this first hand, as myself was a proclaimed “Chola” 76 -79 . These photos are bomb, especially seeing the cholas of Ogden UT ?! My little world back then , only saw as far as South /East /west of Los Angeles .. thanks for sharing -peace.

  23. Victor Miranda
    November 27, 2015 at 7:19 am — Reply

    Ana Paula sua chola

  24. Kyle Shaff
    November 27, 2015 at 7:09 am — Reply

    Alexis Perez, aren’t you a cholla at heart?

  25. Ryan Snowden
    November 27, 2015 at 6:44 am — Reply

    I’d venture to say that many of these photos are from the 90’s.

  26. Augie Rodriguez III
    November 27, 2015 at 5:52 am — Reply

    Frank Cervantez

  27. Bob No
    November 27, 2015 at 3:00 am — Reply

    Sinistre Ivan, atenta nena!

    • Sinistre Ivan
      November 27, 2015 at 3:58 am — Reply

      Genialllll el vull com tots els demes. En surten massa XDDD No puc arribar

  28. Cobramor Cobramor
    November 27, 2015 at 2:58 am — Reply

    Juanito Kfk

    • Juanito Kfk
      November 27, 2015 at 3:04 am — Reply

      ja tinha visto…ha fotos melhores, mas chola é chola…. Cyco Chrissie José Pereira Pedro Valverde Alexandre Duarte Raul Vicente Marta Machado

  29. Daniel Hellbom
    November 27, 2015 at 2:52 am — Reply

    Gunnar, noone said anything about a goddamn cholo!

  30. Joe Goddard
    November 27, 2015 at 2:48 am — Reply

    Pubert Naomi

  31. Ømar Toltecatl
    November 27, 2015 at 2:42 am — Reply

    Dave Parley

  32. Alfredo Macedo
    November 27, 2015 at 2:24 am — Reply


  33. Ryan Hand
    November 27, 2015 at 2:13 am — Reply

    Rafael Reyes

  34. Marco Capelli
    November 27, 2015 at 2:03 am — Reply

    Bpp Rzl

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