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A cross made from plumber's pipe with insulator finials
A cross made from plumber's pipe with insulator finials at the
Rincon Cemetery on Tucson's far east side (JSG)

This sort of use of recycled materials is common, especially in older cemetery markers. The cross has been decorated with flowers for November 2, All Souls' Day in the Catholic Church and the Day of the Dead in Mexico.

Styrofoam pick-up truck with ribbon flowers on a grave in Holy Hope Cemetery (CV)
Styrofoam pick-up truck with ribbon flowers on a grave in Holy Hope Cemetery (CV)

Many modern cemeteries discourage the use of elaborate grave decorations and offerings, but some families persist in the tradition, even though they know their gifts will soon be removed.

Low rider car in a low rider car show at Pima County Fair grounds, 1982 (JSG)
Low rider car in a low rider car show at Pima County Fair grounds, 1982 (JSG)

This particular low rider hit a particularly high level of luxuriousness, with its cloth-lined hood interior, its built-in TV set, and the mural of a frog dressed in a zoot suit which graces the edge of the door.

Low rider bike display, Pima County Fairgrounds, 1982 (JSG)
Low rider bike display, Pima County Fairgrounds, 1982 (JSG)

This remarkable collection of images of Chicano identity remains one of my favorite sights. The bike itself with its emphasis on luxury and style over performance, the Virgin of Guadalupe, the serape, even the can of Coors beer and the bandanna handkerchief add up to a very complex whole indeed.

Short video clips of low riders displayed on the University of Arizona campus in November 1996 may be viewed in Southern Arizona Folk Arts Low Riders -- A Contemporary Folk Art Form section.

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