Photographer Owen Harvey Captures the Distinct Flavor of New York’s own Lowrider Culture
Although America’s West Coast is more internationally synonymous with lowrider culture, the East has its fair share of it, and like with most things comparable with both coasts, New York brings their own unique flavor into the mix. Documenting NYC’s chicano’s and their cultural facets is photographer Owen Harvey, who has imbued himself into the scene in order to candidly capture the spectacle, from the vibrant parading cars, to the local men and women who embody and embrace their passion for all things lowrider.
Hailing from Britain, Harvey’s first glimpse at lowrider culture came from the same source as what we imagine most international people come across: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Still D.R.E. music video–you know the one. “I first saw lowriding when I was about 12 years old, in music videos and images of rappers such as Dr Dre, Snoop Dog, N.W.A, Notorious BIG,” Harvey tells Huck Magazine. Fixated and influenced from then on out, the creative finally made his way over to the States where he has been documenting specifically the Lunatic Lowriders, a New York-based Lowrider club, apparently known for “not being timid with the switches.” The result is a series of images that intimately delve into the the world of the Lunatic Lowriders, who serve as an example of the subculture as a whole that’s coming out of the East. Check the images throughout, then head here to see more work from Owen Harvey.