Today we’d like to introduce you to Ray Flores.
Ray, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in Tijuana and raised in San Diego. When I was 6-7 years old, my dad got a gig in the Logan Heights neighborhood, so he and my mom packed up our family, and we moved to the Grant Hill neighborhood. It all happened very quickly and felt seamless. Once we were here, I was bitten by the lowrider bug almost immediately. It wasn’t out of the norm to see lowriders cruisin’ through the neighborhood riding low with shiny paint and 13-inch wheels. Whenever the Lowrider Magazine show was in town, I was there, ready with a point and shoot camera and five rolls of film. I shot as many cars as I could as often as I could. It was obsessive.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am an eCommerce specialist by profession and a photographer and graphic designer by trade. I love being able to express myself creatively whenever possible; the camera has been a preferred tool of mine for years. Growing up, I was surrounded by the rich culture of the neighborhood. I love the culture I was surrounded with, the colors, sounds, the food, and the community. I want people to see the beauty and diversity I was exposed to growing up. Lowriders and the San Diego South East neighborhoods aren’t always painted in the best of lights in the media. Our neighborhoods in this part of town tend to be ignored the majority of the time. Sure, we have our ups and downs, but most importantly, we have a strong community of hard-working families and people who care. My photography should be taken as a window into the richness of our community – both in and out of the lowrider scene. My goal is to plant a seed of positivity about the lowrider lifestyle.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Stay active, go to events, go to shows, ask questions, and get involved. If people are not reaching out to you to learn about your work, you reach out to them and show your work. Ultimately your vibe will attract your tribe.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen locally at Galleries such as La Bodega, Chicano Art Gallery, and Hola Swim, which are all in Barrio Logan. You can catch me vending with @delbarriomarket every 2nd Saturday during Barrio Art Crawl and every 4th Saturday of the month in Barrio Logan. I set up my #flrspopupshop where I sell prints, mugs stickers amongst a few other items, To see more of my work and dates and events I’ll be in attendance of please follow me on Instagram @ray_flrs
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ray_flrs
Artist profile picture by Mateo Lucero. All other images by Ray Flores.