Monday, April 18, 2011

Inspiration: The Girls of Summer

Images via Tomboy Style
Did you know Chris and I met at a skateboarding competition? Yep, I was 16 and he was 15, and it was the summer going into my junior year of High School. As a teenager, if I wasn't making art, I was finding new skate spots with friends. I wish I knew about Pat McGee, Peggy Oki, and Cindy Whitehead when I was younger and looking for somebody, anybody, outside of of what I saw in teen magazines (I read Transworld Skateboarding and Snowboarding magazines too, but the female population was widely underrepresented).

Anyways, with the resurgence of seventies style this season, the radness of these ladies can no longer be ignored. How amazing does Pat McGee look doing a handstand?

21 comments:

Eva B. said...

Ahhhh I LOVE it! My husband was a TOTAL NH skate junkie (which I think is so hot) and I was a teen when skating seemed to be at its apex. I never had the nerve to jump on a board, so I have mad respect for anyone who did. These photos are great.

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tasty moog said...

these pics are soo rad. my older bro was way into skateboarding, and i tried it a couple times, too ('cos i wanted to be cool like my older bro, obv!). i failed miserably (um, and wrecked) every time i got on the board, so i moved on to other hobbies, although i still hung out with skaters in high school as well.

curious constellation said...

I never would have guessed that about you! That's such a cool 'how we met' story too.

Brighton Peach said...

These ladies rock! Totally working the feminine and fun look xxx

Cherry said...

Wow, I love these pictures. The classic style is so beautiful.

Joy said...

Hehe this seems so fun!

the dictioncanary said...

Those girls were badass. I have to admit that I'm well into my twenties but I still love a summer afternoon spent skating around a parking lot with my friends. And I definitely agree, that's an awesome "how we met" story!

Rebecca said...

hese photos are awesome. I love how incongruous the first shots are. Like a fairly typical 1950s girl... but she's doing a handstand on a skateboard. Brilliant.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I remember you saying you met skateboarding. I love these pictures, not because I know anything about skateboarding myself, but because it's great to celebrate women looking amazing doing things, rather than simply pouting...

Orchid Grey said...

Emily, you hit the nail on the head! Doing things, exactly!

Andrea said...

and with a beehive no less!? super cute that you and your boy are high school sweethearts :)

Pauliina said...

Hello :) I know absolutely nothing about skateboarding, but I just wanted to leave a comment telling you that I love your blog (read through most of the archives last night, oops) and I think you're an amazing role model for young women everywhere :) We should all dare to be individuals, with our own unique styles and interests.

You're a real inspiration. Keep up the good work and have a wonderful week! :)

Orchid Grey said...

Pauliina, Thank you for one of the kindest and most sincere comments I have ever received!

Noelani said...

Infinitely more interesting than meeting at a bar;) Thanks for the shot in the arm of inspiration. PS, love the new header.

Moorea Seal said...

they are so badass. i love it. i tried skateboarding for awhile in jr high and high school... I don't think I have the gift of balance though I did love the speed. but speed plus no balance equaled no good, haha.

xo Moorea

NodToStyle said...

i like you more and more!
i was one of the lone "skater chicks" in my group as well and met my BF skating!! now the question is: were you competing in the competition?

Orchid Grey said...

Nodtostyle: we both were!

Sarah said...

So awesome as I just pulled out my skateboard the other day to start riding again (a longboard that is for cruisin')

Julie said...

What a great post, I also love reading your blog. When I was a younger I would watch and hang out with guy friends that were skaters....I never tried myself until last summer in Seattle. I'm turning 35 this year and my ten year old daughter and I are sharing our new found love of skateboarding. Never too old to pick up new hobbies. (P.S. That would be a great post of you two skating again)

Melis said...

that first photo is intense!
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Johanna said...

So rad. Love these photos.

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