Young Thai men emulating Mexican cholos


It’s a fashion thing, apparently. A subculture of Thai men think it’s empowering to dress up like Mexican gangsters. However, their version of a gang seems more like a fellowship club, as they stress they never do anything wrong. Do they have any clue just how violent drug cartels are?

A curious new trend has emerged in Bangkok, where young Thai men are dressing up as Mexican gangsters. Most of these men say they are motivated by their passion for the “gangster” lifestyle and clothes. Coconuts TV met up with three “gangs” – Balcony Pain, Fratez and D Sixty – for a photoshoot and to learn more about the phenomenon.