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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

    Makyla Sanchez

  2. Timothy D White

    November 28, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    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

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

  4. Scott Chase

    November 28, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Kyle Oels

  5. Kendy Paxia

    November 27, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    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

    Angel Coma

  7. Shane Vigil

    November 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Darrian DeHerrera

  8. Karolina Rojas

    November 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Cholita Nicolás Cuestas

  9. Matthew Marckmann

    November 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    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

    Jacqueline Diaz

  11. Elizabeth De Anna Luz

    November 27, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Regina Sanchez

  12. Rudolfo Alexzander Carrillo

    November 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    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

    Bad Ass! Crazy days and good times!!

  14. Fernando Ortega Jr.

    November 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Michael Yanes

  15. Jonny Streety

    November 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Kaththea Brown
    Janee Adrianson

  16. Sean Lindstrand

    November 27, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Sylvia Ruckus

  17. Stephen Santa Cruz

    November 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Ana Ortega Juanita Peralta

  18. Salvador Diaz Orduña

    November 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Bree Flores, checkout this.

  19. Mark Masching

    November 27, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I thought dethrock was a Beavis and Butthead thing

  20. Chris Whitehead

    November 27, 2015 at 8:14 am


  21. Le ßk

    November 27, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Wal Doe

  22. Ivana Zeri

    November 27, 2015 at 7:39 am

    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

    Ana Paula sua chola

  24. Kyle Shaff

    November 27, 2015 at 7:09 am

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

  25. Ryan Snowden

    November 27, 2015 at 6:44 am

    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

    Frank Cervantez

  27. Bob No

    November 27, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Sinistre Ivan, atenta nena!

    • Sinistre Ivan

      November 27, 2015 at 3:58 am

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

  28. Cobramor Cobramor

    November 27, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Juanito Kfk

    • Juanito Kfk

      November 27, 2015 at 3:04 am

      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

    Gunnar, noone said anything about a goddamn cholo!

  30. Joe Goddard

    November 27, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Pubert Naomi

  31. Ømar Toltecatl

    November 27, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Dave Parley

  32. Alfredo Macedo

    November 27, 2015 at 2:24 am


  33. Ryan Hand

    November 27, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Rafael Reyes

  34. Marco Capelli

    November 27, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Bpp Rzl

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