First Hip-Hop, Now Cholo Style
Posted on July 13, 2010 - 10:55am — lwhitehead
|Title:||First Hip-Hop, Now Cholo Style|
|Author:||La Ferla, Ruth|
|Publisher:||The New York Times Company|
Section 9 Column 2
PATRICIO GASIA, 20, flaunts his own brand of street cred, one part hip-hop two parts cholo, which is slang for the Mexican-American gangster style that originated in East Los Angeles. His street-tough look, a composite of oversize T-shirt, visored cap and pastel-tinted rosary, was enhanced by his bicycle, a low and streamlined trick bike, customized with baroque metallic flourishes. Mr. Gasia, a busboy who works in Spanish Harlem, spoke last week through a friend and interpreter. His style "comes from people of color but with a Latino twist," he said. The idea is to look, he said, "chingaso -- ready to fight, like a gangster."
|Periodical:||The New York TImes|