It’s 2008 and we’ve made huge leaps and bounds since the revamp of Lowrider Arte. To start off the New Year, we decided to dive deep into the heart of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to expose not only a great culture, but also a talented group of artists that’ll give the best a run for their money. I was really impressed with the quality of the art that I saw in Guadalajara and elsewhere in Mexico.

During my visit, I was fortunate enough to be included on a guest panel of judges to overlook the artistry at the 13th Annual Tattoo Expo in Guadalajara. I thought that the task would be easy, but comparing the work of some of the world’s best tattoo artists is not as easy as you’d think. The work all across the board had something to offer, and the different disciplines and excellent array of styles offered plenty to ponder.

The old saying that you should never forget your roots is one that you should stick by and I’m glad that I followed my own advice. After the tattoo show, I was able to travel back to my hometown where I lived until I was 10 years old and it was as refreshing as it was necessary.

While in Mexico, I also witnessed first-hand the work of “Peque,” one of the best graffiti-style artists in Latin America. His unique style of graffiti is a great indication of the work that you’ll find in different parts of Mexico. His creative flow and ability to create characters make his pieces stand out from the rest.

I was also reacquainted with a fellow tapatio tattoo artist who goes by the name of “Chocky” from Chocky’s Tattoos in Guadalajara. I saw his work at a tattoo convention that I have attended in Tijuana a few months back and he’s the guy responsible for the charra tattoo that adorns the side of my leg.

A lot of people still ask me why I don’t put pictures of myself in the Editor’s Letter and I really don’t have an answer. I guess that I’ve always been more concerned with featuring others and I tend to forget about myself, but now that it’s been brought up to me time after time, here I am. I’ve also included my own personal tattoo pieces in the pictures just to let you know that arte not only lives on these pages, but also in my soul and now on my skin. So now that you know what I look like, if you ever see me, hit me up and let’s talk. I’m always down to make time for the people who keep this magazine alive.

I’ve been overwhelmed with e-mails and phone calls due to my busy schedule. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up, but I promise that I will try my best to answer any questions and return your phone calls.

Stay up and stay creative.Edgar Hoill

Rules For Submission Of Art For 2008 Lowrider Arte Magazine.1. If you want your arte returned, remember to include a stamped (with correct postage) self-addressed envelope large enough to hold your artwork.

2. All entries must be free of gang slogans, violence, weapons, drugs, nudity, prison-related symbols (fences, towers, time, bars, etc.) and/or drugs and alcohol.

3. All mediums accepted, including color transparencies, and computer illustrations, but photo manipulation will not be accepted.

4. Maximum 24×36-inch size, computer artwork maximum 300 dpi as a .jpg or .eps file on 3 1/2-inch floppy or CD depending on size.

5. Artwork submitted without a stamped, self-addressed envelope becomes the property of the Publisher and will be destroyed after a six-month period.

6. Publisher reserves the right to edit artwork.

7. Securely attach a paper on the back of each piece of artwork that includes: the actual artist’s full name, address, phone number and the type of medium that was used to create the artwork. Also please note your age if you are under the age of 15. Artwork not having this information will not be submitted.

8. Winners must wait a full year to be eligible to win again.

9. Artist gives Publisher full rights to use his/her artwork(s) in Lowrider or Lowrider Arte Magazines, and Lowrider websites, and any other Lowrider property or enterprise.

Table Of Contents:4 Hotspot14 Winner: Gregg Stone21 Flesh Artist: Chocky30 Winner: Joel Lopez34 Featured Artist:Peque50 Winner: Gilbert Ramirez

For Art Submissions, Questions, And Comments Write To:Attn: Arte Editor2400 E. Katella Ave.Anaheim, Ca 92806