Born into the infamous suburb of Los Angeles, known as Echo Park, Hector Leyva found himself growing up against the backdrop of vibrant imagery that is the Lowrider culture. This influence would carry on as he would eventually go on to build several lowriders himself, the most notable, being a 1981 Cadillac centerfold dubbed “Freak of the Week”. A chance encounter during a particular photoshoot with, then staff photographer, Saul Vargas would spark an interest in the world that is photography. What began as a hobby, would eventually blossom into a full-time career.
Based out of Las Vegas, NV and working as a freelance photographer, Hector would go on to create SugarMill Studios and become a premier photography platform. From magazine covers to national periodicals, such as the New York Post, Hector Leyva’s studio continues to be recognized both nationally and internationally. With a long list of clients ranging from local celebrities to major sport superstars, Hector continues to display his photographic diversity that extends well beyond that of the Lowriding world. His passion for Lowriding however will not be swayed. As a member of a legendary car club, he will continue to build cars. You can count on seeing more of his personal builds, alongside his continuing coverage of the Lowrider Movement.
The Lowrider Garage series cruises through the one and only famous strip of hotels and casinos known the world over to meet with one of the many car clubs that represent the Lowrider culture in the city that never sleeps.
As many car builders know, a project can evolve into something much more meaningful than a rolling work-of-art. For Luis Rodriguez his Silverado became a project that brought him, his brother, and their sons closer together