|10||Granada Hills* - Tuesday Cruz-In - Chatsworth & Lindley St. - 6PM - Flyer|
|10||Laguna Hills* - Dark - Show Returns on 01-07-14 - Chick-fil-A - 24011 El Toro Rd. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|11||Downey* - Bob's Big Boy Broiler Drive-In - 7447 Firestone Blvd. - 5PM - 10PM - Flyer|
|11||Riverside* - Original Roadhouse Grill - 3838 Tyler St. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|11||Simi Valley* - Weekly Cruise Night - See Flyer for Location - Changes Each Week - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|11||West Covina* - Car & Bike Show at Hooters - 3041 E. Garvey Ave. N. - 4:30PM - 7:30PM - Flyer|
|12||Anaheim* - Thursday Night Cruise at Angelos - Brookhurst & Ball - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|13||Buena Park* - Classic Car Fridays - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|13||Carson - Road Kings So. Bay Cruise Night - 270 E. Sepulveda Blvd. - 6PM - 10PM - Flyer|
|13||Garden Grove* - 12891 Historic Main Street - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|13||Riverside - Tuxie's Carshow - 6030 Magnolia Ave. - 5PM - Flyer|
|14||El Segundo - ADM Camino Christmas Toy Challenge - ADM 610 Lairport St. - Noon - 4PM - Flyer|
|14||Garden Grove - Elks Lodge 1952 - 11551 Trask Ave. - 10AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|14||Huntington Beach* - Donut Derelicts - Magnolia & Adams - 6AM - 9AM|
|14||Ontario - No Boundries presents Toys for Tots - 725 N. Milliken Ave. - 1PM - 5PM - Flyer|
|14||Oxnard - Mullin Automotive Museum - 1421 Emerson Ave. - 10AM - 3PM - Info|
|14||Redondo Beach - New Date - Cruise at the Beach Christmas Car Show - 245 N. Harbor Dr. - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|15||Buena Park - Picker's Paradise Automotive Swap Meet - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 7AM - 1PM - Flyer|
|15||Carson - Canceled Next Show will be in March 2014 - Coffee & Donuts at Back in the Day Classics|
|15||Lakewood* - Classic Cruisers Association - Fuddrucker's - 5229 Clark Ave. - 1PM - 5PM - Flyer|
|17||Granada Hills* - Tuesday Cruz-In - Chatsworth & Lindley St. - 6PM - Flyer|
|17||Laguna Hills* - Dark - Show Returns on 01-07-14 - Chick-fil-A - 24011 El Toro Rd. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
*= Recurring Cruise Nights
Most people know the movie La Bamba because it depicts the story of legendary singer Ritchie Valens. La Bamba is a tear jerker in the end, but it definitely is a classic that is a MUST SEE.
Donna's Dads cruel joke - 1950 Ford Custom; "Bobbo's Gift to Ritchie - 1959 Ford Thunderbird; Bob's fix-up car towards the end of movie - 1948 Packard Super Eight; The Ice Cream truck - 1953 Chevrolet ½-Ton; Rudy's ride - 1955 Pontiac Chieftain
This past weekend there was not much planned being that the next few weeks are going to be hectic. However, I decided to check out the Dia de Los Muertos festival in Uptown Whittier because I have never been to one before. Every year I would hear great things about the vendors and the spirit (no pun intended) people represent each year and I definitely wanted to witness it myself.
I arrived early Sunday afternoon and parking was easy to find which is always a plus when attending an annual festival. When I arrived I noticed a lot of vendors, however, not many in the spirit, but it was great to see the few that were. There was Aztec and ballet folklorico dancing in celebration of the deceased as well as a best costume in remembrance. The stunning pin-up model Ariana Rodriguez was a perfect example and looked darling in red and white.
Down the street, I spotted visitor Ana Palmira who looked elegant in this traditional Mexican folk dress- Ana and her husband (didn’t catch his name) were sweet as pie. I practically jumped in front of Joanna Gutierrez and Adam Cruz to snap a picture of their beautiful family. They were actually very kind not to freak out.
After making my way to a few vendors, I saw this blue Johnny Cash canvas painting (Above - far right) that I knew I had to stop by and check. The artist, Miranda Calvin, has been painting for four years and has captured a lot of portraits who amazingly enough are freestyle. I mentioned that the “morenita” pin up resembled a lot like pin-up model Sharon Escamilla and I loved it because not many females with a darker skin tone get recognition. A canvas painting of a skeleton was a quick buy for Martha Ramirez. Once she saw it, she knew she had to have it and Miranda was kind enough to autograph it. Miranda was a doll from the minute I introduced myself. Her personality was kind, friendly and her passion for art radiated out of her. She is a true inspiration.
Zully (not Zulema) was a riot when I met her. A young spirit (no pun intended) with a passion for the rockabilly scene. She had a massive variety of hair pins, Latin culture hand fans, and a massive amount of wallets. Her collection was inexpensive- something I can always appreciate.
Alex Castaneda’s is a graphic artist whose paintings consist of spray paint. When I saw his artwork from afar, I was impressed by the detail he was able to create with such a difficult tool.
Artist Paulina has a combination of artwork on clothing and on canvas. Her, Dia de Los Muertos Audrey Hepburn and the "Andy Warhol" Frida Kahlo were my personal favorites. She was also a featured artist on the face painting for Drop Dead Gorgeous- a vendor booth at the festival.
Paz Gonzalez has a trade that the entire family gets involved in. Paz has been creating these miniature figurines from scratch for eight years. Her dedication truly shows. If and when I get married (if I don’t end up like one of these skeleton brides waiting for “Mr. Right”) the bride and groom will definitely be the cake topper in my wedding.
Vendor Valeria Ramirez had a simple creative style that grabbed my attention. Her skull shot glasses painted in Dia de Los Muertos designs was something I hadn’t seen before. I LOVED her candles with the theme printed on them. They are inexpensive and great for decorating the house with.
Towards the end of my day I encountered two rude vendors. I tried not letting them ruin my day, but unfortunately when people act as though they are “too good” I can’t help, but feel frustrated. In the end my encounter with my lovely friend and pin-up model, Leslye Rox, and the classy pin-up model and burlesque dancer, Ruby Champagne brightened up the rest of my day.
Paul Barrientos was my last meet. He was posted next to the classic cars and what caught my eye was his, “Bump Now Bump Later” painting on print. I found it to be a great expression of what music does for emotions. Paul was kind and funny (NOT “kind of” funny) and his genuine interaction with me instilled the hope I needed to continue to enjoy my evening.
Content & Photos by Ryan Cash
There's no better way to start Fall than with a fashion show introducing classic fashion, art, and trends.
Owner, Elvira Zamora of Wardrobe Divas is gathering pin-up models, artists, and vendors for "Dapper Social". The lovely pin-up model Tamera Von Tart will be hosting this event and the stunning Ruby Champagne will be the entertainment with a burlesque performance.
Other than giveaways (who doesn't love giveaways)- Latina Pinups of Latina Pinups Magazine will be having a pin-up model contest. These are just some of the treats you dont want to miss! See flyer below for further details.
Content by Ryan Cash
Pinups shown (above) are featured in 2014 calendar [left to right: Jenny Rose, Ariana Rodriguez, Tina Rose (my King Taco doll, Mely Valtes, Rebecca Vargas, Leslye Rox (my King Taco luv), Gee Hogan (my King Taco doll in spirit) and Ari C (my Texas King Taco doll)]
This past Saturday, I attended the first ever Latina Pinups Magazine and calendar launch party. I must admit, I was a bit skeptic just because I’ve been caught in the middle where some
As I approached the hour to attend, I had to fly solo because my friends tend to be lame (love you, but its true). The party started at which meant for me, no I kid; however, there were several street closures that had to be on the same 2 mile radius of where the event was held which made parking to be a hassle. The party took place at the “M Bar” in Boyle Heights- it was a first for me being in that bar and area. The neighborhood on
I finally found parking on 1st, but only for an hour which made things a little more difficult. I got out of my car just to have my camera fall out of my bag and roll under my car. Being that I was on a main street, I really didn’t want to bend over and pick it up. Two gentlemen were passing by and I asked if one could assist me, “Memo” was kind enough to help and I soon found myself making a new friend.
I walked up to the venue where the bouncer (can’t remember the name) was a complete sweetheart! Not only was he polite, but also helpful in informing me of other options to park closer. I checked in and entered to what ended up being one of the best nights of my Style Me Classic experience.
I met with Latina Pinups
As the night commenced, I decided to start the interview with these talented women.
SMC: Who is/are the creator(s) of Latina Pinup Magazine (LPM)?
Erika: My name is Erika Lagunas (Erika Breezy) and I am the creator of Latina Pinups Magazine. I am a pinup model and
SMC: I've been following you on Facebook for a few months- what got you to launch Latina Pinups on Facebook (LP FB)?
Erika: I noticed that there was no fan page dedicated to
SMC: What is the criterion for one to be published on LPM or LP FB?
Erika: We encourage all models, hair and makeup artists, photographers, and businesses to apply for a chance to be featured on Latina Pinups Magazine and/or Latina Pinups on Facebook. Most important we look for traditional pinup images that showcase the nostalgia feeling of a traditional pin-up; the Latino culture and the best pin-up inspire photography.
SMC: With your LP FB community expanding, what got you to launch a magazine?
Erika: I have noticed that there was no magazine dedicated to
SMC: How long has LP been in the social media scene?
Erika: Latina Pinups FB has been in the social media scene for 8 months. Since the launch of Latina Pinups FB, in December 2012, it has dramatically taken the social media by storm. Fans from all the over world are thrilled and excited to have a page that features the array of true beauty of Latinas and Pinups combine!
SMC: Did you always want to start your own magazine?
Erika: It has always been a dream of mine to start my own magazine! As a college student, I wanted to make it possible. Though I have my goals and dreams to earn my Master’s Degree in Social Work, I also have a passion and thrive to do what I love! My love for the pinup scene is what gave the perseverance to push forth and do it. I want to be able to expose the models, photographers, small businesses and writers who are thriving for their dreams just like me.
SMC: As far as the community in social media, what would LPM like to accomplish in the Latin community outside of FB?
Erika: I would like to give to back to the community. As an avid humanitarian, I am very much involved in helping the community. I am donating a portion of the sale of the 2014 Latina Pinups calendar to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. My main dream is to open a scholarship fund to encourage Latina/Latino children to attend college.
SMC: Do you have any advice for any new ambitious self-starters such as yourselves?
Erika: I would encourage anyone to strive and continue to accomplish his or her dreams. Earn it! Achieve it! Believe in yourself!
…and with such encouraging words from a self starter, I decided to enjoy the rest of the evening mingling.
As pictures were taken, Erika offered me Sangria- a refreshing drink I usually don’t see served at a bar. It was delicious! I met CeCe, the talents behind “Come Hither Accessories”- these beautiful affordable flowers complimented a lot of the women that evening. As I continued to mingle and take pictures of the crowd dancing;pin-up models, Mely and Gee where making it sweat with their dance moves. The night progressed with “DJ Victorious” (Dos Guys Productions) spinning some classic oldies and some old school hip hop- my favorite is a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s, “One Step” remixed with Mos Def, “Ms. Fat Booty”. After the dancing, I got to meet photographer Charlie Rose of “Charlie Rose Photos”, her and her dapper husband were the grand winners of the raffle hosted by Sharon Escamilla- that woman is stunning!
The night continued with some laughs by some friendly people such as, Yesenia Mendoza, Christina Villa, and Samantha Chica. Pin-up model, Leslye Rox kept creeping up and scaring me- she truly is a wonderful person to hang with.
…and that’s when I realized- that all the people attending this event (with the exception of a creeper) were genuinely friendly souls; a reason that I will follow Latina Pinups Magazine wherever they may go.
Content and Pictures by Ryan Cash
This Saturday I will be attending the first annual official Latina Pin-Ups magazine and calendar launch party at the M Bar in
New Magazine Guarantees the Spiciest Retro Bombshells Around!
“I really wanted a way for other Hispanics to combine our shared love of retro-styled pinups with the love we all feel as Latinos,” said Erika Lagunas founder of Latina Pinups, Inc. “We hope to support Latina models around the world as an outlet to share their talents and beauty all while capturing the class and style of yesteryear.”
To kick off the magazine with a bang, Latina Pinups magazine will also be releasing the first ever Latina Pinups Calendar. Filled with 12 months of beautiful bombshells with Ethnicities from all over the world, 2014 is going to be hot! Featuring calendar girls shot exclusively for Latina Pinups, who traveled from all over the
Being the only publication dedicated to preserving the Hispanic culture and retro living, Latina Pinups caters to the community by supporting
Started as an online forum for Latina Pinup models to share their work and support the Hispanic community. Featuring models, photographers, artists and business, Latina Pinups aims to enhance the community through connectivity and giving. The Latina Pinups Magazine team is comprised of all
This year’s ‘Hootenanny’ was going to be another year in which I was not going to be able to attend. I had one earache that was starting to become two earaches and I wasn’t too sure if my ear drums could take the loud crowd and music. However, when bands such as Old 97s, Social Distortion, Nashville Pu$%*, Murder by Death, and many more greats are performing- you know I had to tough it out.
The day was hot so I decided to rock a black halter romper with a navy blue bandana and red lipstick to give my dark look some color. The lustrous pin up model "Tamera Von Tart" joined me with what was going to be an all day event at Oak Canyon Ranch. We arrived to the press tent and checked in with a friendly gal (didn’t get her name) for my credentials (thank you
Tamera had to check in at the ‘Steady Clothing’ tent and so we decided to walk down vendors’ lane. From a distance I noticed some beautiful jewelry created by “Robbin of Deadly Accessories” and a few original summery dresses created by owner, “Ms. Kim of Vintage Gal”. She’s a shy one, Ms. Kim, but I convinced her enough to take a picture. Tamera recently did a photo shoot with ‘Serpentine Clothing’ and the creators of the clothing line were a bit tough to get pictures with, but alcohol always does the trick in easing people into comfort.
We reached the ‘Steady Clothing’ tent and I ran into the handsome dapper man, Doug, whom I got the pleasure in meeting at the ‘Ink N Iron’ festival earlier this year. He was kind enough to take some crowd shots while the ‘Old 97s’ played- my close ups of the band were one of the many highlights of that afternoon. Tamera made a few introductions with adorable pin up model “Cherry Doll Face” who is as sweet as cherry pie. After hanging out with the 'Steady Clothing' crew, Tamera and I decided to visit with the ‘Steady Clothing’ pin up models that are not only
After many pictures of the ladies it was time for me to check out the classic cars. As I was walking towards the lot, I overheard the very sexy, Mike Ness of 'Social Distortion' playing over the speakers. I wasn’t too sure if it was him on stage or just some intermittent music playing, but all I knew is that I had to run across the field just to make sure. As I approached the stage “Social D” was starting to play, “Story of My Life” which had everyone singing along. I was hoping Mike Ness would cover "It's Alright" just for good times, but I wasn't so lucky. Social Distortion has those good feel tracks such as, "Ball and Chain" that allows for anyone to relate; so their list of songs was enough to make me enjoy their performance.
In the end, I was able to get a few cars. I met some cool owners such as, Mario Esquivel with his black beauty the 1950 Mercury, the "Cadillac Gansta" Jay, the sweet Erica Landmann with her '64 Falcon Futura, and the man behind this classic '49 Chevy Deluxe, Shawn Dempsey.
Overall 'The Hootenanny' had a friendly crowd, but like most festivals you have your few rambunctious people that can't hold their alcohol and although several fights broke out and one woman claiming her purse was stolen out of her hands in the crowd, the festival was everything I expected- a great band line up, some artistic vendors and some great people to meet. 'The Hootenanny' is definitely a festival I will be attending next year.