Cool Rider

I’ve seen these pictures doing the rounds recently, and though it’s always nice to post something you can half claim was your discovery, I thought they were too cool not to share. Taken by Life magazine’s staff reporter, Bill Eppridge, in New York in 1965, they capture the fun, and spontaneity of the then-growing sport – between 1960 and 1963, a total of fifty million were sold in the United States. I’m all for skaters like Clueless’ Travis, but the elegance of both the man above – note the tie clip – and the white-shirted young guns further down, is so sharp and fresh, it makes me not-so-secretly wish more of them carved up the pavement or slid rakishly down the centre of the street.

{Pictures from Honestly WTF and The Retronaut}


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