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Nuestra Señora del Bronx

14 December 2010

Glitter and auto body paint on aluminum by Manuel Cruz (2009).

Tatooist and air-brush artist Cruz (who says he’s “I not a great Catholic, but I believe in the Virgin”) is a leader of the Firma Ridaz, a low-rider bicycle club in the Bronx. The just over 16 minute documentary by Carlos Alvarez Montero follows the club’s “Virgin thing” of their pilgrimage from the Bronx to 14th street in Manhattan preserving Mexican tradition by an unlikely cultural preservation society in an unlikely (and chilly) setting.

Too long to post as a “youtube” video here, you can find (and download) “The Virgin of the Bronx” at

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