Written by Michelle Botello
On May 5th, the Mexican army's defeated France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. This was a major victory for the mexican citizens and the quest for San Diegans to continue their victory by hosting a 3 day event celebration called Fiesta Old Town Cinco De Mayo 2019.
As San Diego old town celebrates the day of victory by putting on events and activities for the city of San Diego to participate in, locals and visitors alike enjoy the world famous tourist attractions like Balboa park, little italy, chicano park and of course the classic baseball games between the Padres and the Dodgers.
There were stages and tents set up throughout the event for vendors, clubs, artists, musicians, dancers, and models. You see streets blocked off end to end, with crowds of people enjoying the festivities. There were plenty of vendors selling a variety of goods like jewelry, plants and native american souvenirs.
Side streets were lined with rows of shiny bicycles made of twisted metal high handlebars and each bike individually custom designed. They were displayed in front representing their bike club parked near the custom lowrider car.
Josh Cervantes, 31, member of Lowrider Expressions Bike Club of San Diego, was showcasing his 26-inch cruiser, custom paint job off of a Chevy Bel Air 1959.
Cervantes said, “I've had it for a couple of months already. I bought it from a good friend of mine that used to be in the club, seeing that I lost my own bicycle due to a theft."
“The parts are off of Lowrider Expressions in National City and the paint is from Quality Powder Coating off of Chula Vista in San Diego County.”
“Even though it was factory bought, some of the parts are from Manny's Bike Shop out in Compton in Los Angeles. Those are actually hand-made.” said Cervantes.
Another custom bike creator spoke about his custom bicycle and all the work he put into it. He customized his bike by hand and gets his parts at the Lowrider Expressions Bike store located at 523 Highland Ave., National City.
Eduardo Benitez, 18, another custom bike builder stated,
“It was kind of a rough start, it needed a lot of work.” said Benitez.
Benitez has been working on his bike for around six to seven months and is pretty proud of his production even though the bike is not complete yet.
San Diego gets a lot of beautiful sunshine year around. When the sun shines, we get ready to style our eyes with fashionable sunglasses. Calacas USA, is a team of 4 guys who consider wearing sunglasses a form of displaying art. If you get a pair, you can recognize your sunglasses if you lose them.
Carlos Villalobos, 23, student in Tijuana studying dentistry, stated, “What we offer here right now is wooden sunglasses.”
Villalobos represents for Calacas USA. His brand success is based on a secret process which he revealed to me.
“What's different about it is that we actually put artwork onto the arms of the glasses.” said Villalobos.
“We have been doing this for around three or four years now, and we're a team of four friends and we started this and we've just been going all the way up.”
The way they put the artwork on the arms,“that's our secret recipe but what we do is laser etching onto the sides. The four friends do all the designs themselves, all the artwork, and pretty much make these sunglasses here in San Diego.” said Villalobos.
Villalobos said, “we can personalize some designs and that would be through our website but we already bring sunglasses with designs that we have made ourselves.” We admire the native designs too.
For more info or contact go to www.calacasusa.com.