THE ART OF LIFE & LOWRIDING
When it comes to the car game it’s been said that you’re only as good as your latest accomplishment. And while there’s truth to that, it really doesn’t extend beyond our achievements and personal creations. Outside of that arena, what matters most are the relationships you cultivate and how you influence and interact with those around you—especially nowadays where people are addicted to Instagram.
Today, far too many have become obsessed with their social following—or lack thereof. They’ve traded in quality for quantity and replaced morals for materialism. But with bad comes the good, and this new social phenomenon has actually made me appreciate good folks with old-school values. So as the hecklers continue trolling, I’ll spend more time focusing on those who count. Those who make moves in silence, those who champion quality over quantity, and one of those people worthy of mention is our current cover car owner, Orlando Ceballos.
His encore cover car feature attraction is a beautiful '79 Monte Carlo, and it’s a far departure from what anyone had expected him to build. Known best for his deepseated roots in the Radical Class, Orlando busted out with a car that functioned much like a traditional vehicle. The doors, hood, and trunk opened like normal cars and it was a radical departure from his former build, “Game Over.”
His contributions to the game are quite epic but an even bigger contribution is simply his personality. A genuine, caring person who always leads by humble example, Mr. Ceballos is a customizer who has always built what he’s wanted instead of what he’s supposed to. Each of his cars is an extension of his creative vision, and he’s proof that a man makes the car and not the other way around.
To be honest, I’ve seen far too many people attach their position to their cars, and that does little for one’s self. A car may bring you joy and satisfaction, but much like money it magnifies who you are by tenfold. That said, this is why we created the Roll Models series. Now entering our third successful season, we’ve been blessed to have been given the opportunity to create this series, much in part to Shell and Quaker State. It was our belief that lowriding needed more transparency. We wanted to showcase the owner over the car and show you the empowering personalities that take our scene to the next level.
Inspiring for some, educational for others, the Roll Model series explores the impact of not only the cars but the owners themselves. From world-class doctors to high-ranking CFOs, the lowrider community is made up of hardworking car lovers who range from law enforcement officials to lawyers, DJs, and business owners.
So, as we make our way into another year, we’re packing the issues with more substance. In this issue we’ve got coverage of the Lowrider Sanctioned Tejano Super Show. Produced by Lowrider Hall-of-Famer, Nick Hernandez, his marathon of shows now includes a milestone 46th annual.
But here’s a little back end to that story. I’ve been a friend of
Mr. Hernandez for quite some time and all I can say is that the man is resilient and the real deal. I personally don’t know of anyone who has powered through so much adversity, but then again it would be hard to tell. Mr. Hernandez has powered through life with pride, love, and sacrifice, and to say that he’s a diehard legend would still not give him the credit—or justice—he deserves. That said, may God bless him with even more spirituality and wisdom as he celebrates his upcoming 47th.
Also in this special issue is a barrage of cars from all around the world. We’ve got some cool custom cars, trucks, and bomb features; you’ll find an incredible story about a killer ’37 Lincoln Zephyr from Southern California, a jade green ’73 Caprice from Tennessee, an
’84 Cadillac from New York, and a tricked-out S-10 mini-truck coming out of Arizona.
So as we continue to celebrate car culture and all the good that comes with it, just remember to dream big and work hard. These cars don’t come overnight and it takes a lot of sweat, patience, and perseverance to get it all done. Learn to appreciate the hard work others have put into the game and remember that when it comes to life and lowriding there are no shortcuts. In addition, don’t let the negativity of other’s envy break you down, and remember that real recognize real so use your positivity to influence the growth of others because at the end of the day our lowriders are cool, but it is our personalities and actions that truly define us.
Respectfully, Joe Ray Editor-in-Chief