9 junio, 2024

The 13 Most Common Urban Tribes in Mexico

The most common urban tribes in Mexico They are the cholos, punks, floggers, skatos, chacas, emos, goths, hipsters, rockabillys and the otakus. They are natural groups of people, usually under 30 years of age, who share musical tastes, ways of dressing, meeting places, hobbies and ways of thinking in general.

According to sociological studies, urban tribes develop as a symbol of youthful rebellion. The meeting point with any of these groups is given by the recognition of the emotions, fears and ideas of the people.

In addition, there are psychological, political, economic, social and cultural factors that encourage the grouping of people with certain needs for recognition and acceptance in society.

Main urban tribes in Mexico


This term has a marked racial connotation, since for centuries it has been used in Latin America to designate mestizo people, that is, those who are the product of the mixture of whites and Indians.

The cholos, heirs of the urban Pachuca tribe, have the characteristic Mexican phenotype and dress in baggy shirts, baggy pants, and sports shoes.

In addition, they have a particular interest in the history of their region and the preservation of indigenous culture and traditions.


Its name is due to the shared taste for punk music. This movement arose in England as a rejection of the cultural trends of the time, at the end of the 70s.

Punks are characterized by wearing outlandish hair styles, with spiked cuts and unconventional colors: phosphorescent yellow, blue, purple or pink.

Punk clothing consists of mixing leather and metal elements, such as chains, piercings, and studs. In addition, they often line their eyes, wear military boots and have tattoos.


The flogger culture corresponds to adolescents who are fans of the world of technology, more specifically the new trend of social networks.

The floggers, also known as floguers or flogers, are a recent tribe that owes its rise to the spread of electronic media worldwide.

Fans of this current have an affinity for glam rock and wear casual clothing: Converse All Stars-style ankle boots, skinny jeans to the calves and baggy flannels and strong colors.


This urban tribe is a hybrid between skaters (fonds of practicing skateboarding) skateboarding) and those who like ska music.

The skato is also recognized for making graffiti and other manifestations of street art. They dress in short jeans and loose-fitting T-shirts, roomy shoes with large soles, and caps or headscarves.


Chacas are commonly distributed in popular areas. The highest concentration of chacas is found in the delegations of Venustiano Carranza, Cuauhtémoc, Gustavo A. Madero and Iztapalapa, in Mexico City.

These are young people who are no more than 22 years old and combine urban music with the use of religious accessories.

Most of them are reggaeton lovers, as well as having quirky tastes when it comes to their wardrobe. There is a belief that the vast majority of chacas do not study or work.


The name of this urban tribe is due to the emotional accent that they place on everything they do.

Emos are not violent. Rather, they are people with an extremely sad and pessimistic attitude, and they assure that life and its injustices have completely overcome them.

The emos belong to the Mexican middle class and wear tight black clothing, as well as dark makeup around the eyes and bangs to the middle of the face.


This group is characterized by having an extremely gloomy appearance, they listen to gothic rock and sometimes heavy metal. They wear dark clothing and have marked preferences for death and related subjects.

People who belong to this urban tribe usually dress in black clothing, usually leather clothing. They wear boots piercing and pointed bracelets, chains and other metallic accessories.


This group includes young people between the ages of 20 and 35. They tend to move away from the trends of the moment and profess a pro-nature thought.

Hipsters tend to belong to the Mexican middle class, listen mostly to non-commercial music, and strongly defend the forging of their own independent thinking, outside of social canons.

They don’t have a particular clothing pattern, but are broadly perceived as bohemian styled individuals with accessories vintage.


Its name comes from the combination of two musical genres: rock and roll and hillbilly.

The latter is a term used in the United States to designate music from mountainous or remote areas, such as country music.

Rockabillys are characterized by using outfits, hairstyles or makeup typical of the 50s or 60s, such as the style pin up in the girls.

The garments used highlight the body silhouette of those who wear them: corsets, croptops, high-cut pants, flared skirts and leather pieces.


This urban tribe originated in Japan, and groups people who are fans of Japanese comics (mangas), Japanese comics (anime) and video games.

The term otaku refers to specialized taste and knowledge in some or all of the categories described above.

The otakus usually replicate the clothing of the manga, anime or video game characters of their choice. This practice is called cosplay (dress up game), and it is very common at theme events or movie premieres.


Rappers are from the most widespread urban tribes in the world. American hip-hop subculture in Mexico began to spread in the 90s and early 2000s. They have a certain resemblance to the cholos, but without being so ostentatious.

They have always been associated with violence, crime or drugs, but currently it has evolved towards a more artistic and casual style. In any case, his music continues to be the voice of the marginalized and minorities of society.


Cosplay is a contraction of costume-play, which is a movement that is based on the fashion of using costumes, accessories and other trinkets to characterize a fictional character, usually from video games or comics.

Cosplayers are becoming more and more popular in the world, with Mexico being one of the nations in which they are most accepted. Although it has nothing to do with it, in the Mexican country it is usually associated with geeks or floggers.

Its origin is oriental and it settled in Mexico from 1990, when anime and manga series already occupied spaces in bookstores and cartoons on TV.

In 2017, up to 80,000 people gathered in Querétero for the Conque, a comics and entertainment event in Mexico with a large part dedicated to cosplay.


The lolitas are still a very minority tribe, but each time they have more followers throughout the country. Its origin is Japanese and is characterized by the use of pompous and aristocratic clothing. This means that it is quite an expensive fashion.

Although lolitas had already existed in Mexico since the 90s, it was not until the early 2010s that they began to populate the streets with their particular vintage dresses, suits and shoes.

Articles of interest

Urban tribes of Colombia.


Escribano, M., and Carrera, M. I am different. Emos, Darketos and other urban tribes. (2008). Editorial Diana. Mexico DF, Mexico.
Perez, J. (nd). Committee for Studies and Statistics on Mexico City. Mexico DF, Mexico. Recovered from: aldf.gob.mx

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