I grew up in the east valley of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, then moved to the Los Angeles area in 2001 where I called home for over a decade. After recently starting a family, a move to Arizona in 2014 seemed more practical and that is place I now call home.
Since being a small child, I have always had a fondness for photography. Just to look at it and wonder what message the photographer was possibly trying to capture in an artistic image captivated me. My first camera was a free one found as a bonus in a cereal box back in the mid-80s. It was a cheap 110-film camera, but as generic as it might have been, it's what got me started!
In the mid-90s, I started to really get into lowrider cars. At the age of 16, my first vehicle was a Mazda mini-truck. It was a basic work truck with a utility shell and ladder rack. It wasn't long before those got tossed and the stance of the truck was lowered. A set of spoke rims and a hydraulic setup from Richard's Hydraulics in Salinas, California got me going in the right direction. Just about every weekend, you'd find me cruising in the Bay Area, either in San Jose, Oakland, Castro Valley, or San Leandro. "Mr. Boulevard" or the Spanish slang word equivalent, "Mr. Volo" soon became my nickname from my fellow lowriding friends. The name stuck and ever since, many in the lowriding community know me simply as "Volo".
By the late 90s, my love turned to Cadillacs... To date, I have had seven Cadillacs, most of them I bought stock and then customized to my liking -- of course, with the traditional lowrider style! From a '68 Coupe DeVille ragtop to a '96 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, I have had my share of street-custom Cadillac low-lows!
I will always love photography and lowriding. Shooting photography for Lowrider Magazine since 2003 has been a phenomenal experience and I hope to continue to capture the lifestyle for Lowrider 's awesome magazine readers and website visitors for many more years to come.