In 1996, Lowrider Magazine put out a call for old photos for an upcoming book on the history of Lowriding. Howard responded to the request, and soon was in contact with Dick Deloach, who was helping the magazine with the project. Howard submitted photos for the project, and when the book was published in 2003, the majority of the photos in the book that pre-dated the publication of Lowrider Magazine were Howard's. Howard was credited in the book as the "The Lowrider Historian." Although the history book sold well, Howard's photos were still only seen by a limited audience. At the time of the publication of the book, photo hosting sites on the internet were rapidly becoming popular. People were uploading their photos by the millions on a daily basis to photo hosting sites like Photobucket, Web Shots, and Flickr.
Howard signed up for the photo hosting site Flickr in 2006, and he started to scan and upload his photographs of gang graffiti. After he was done uploading his gang graffiti photos, he uploaded his photos of cars that he amassed over the past 30 years. I, too, signed up for Flickr around the same time, and after doing a search on Lowrider photos, found Howard's photos. I, like many have done to this day, went through all of the photos Howard uploaded, and could not believe what he had documented throughout the years.
Howard's photo stream on Flickr has attracted plenty of attention for his amazing work. He has been interviewed, and had his gang graffiti photos featured in numerous graffiti magazines and websites throughout the world. In early 2009, Swindle Magazine did a feature on Howard and his gang graffiti photos. Howard was photographed by acclaimed fellow photographer Estevan Oriol for the feature. In the September 2009 issue of this magazine, Howard contributed to a new section in the magazine called "Lowrider Retro." Before Howard joined Flickr, only about half a dozen people had seen Howard's collection of photos. Now, because of Flickr, millions have seen his photos.
As a photographer who has been able to shoot photographs in both the film and digital mediums, I had to ask what his opinion was on the ever popular film-versus-digital debate. Howard responded, "Film is in the past for me, there is no comparison, and I have no nostalgia for film." Thankfully, Howard did have nostalgia for his photos, and luckily for the world, he pulled them from storage and uploaded them to Flickr. Without Howard's photos, many of today's young Lowriders would not be able to see these rare glimpses into the early years of Lowriding.