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The Heart of Skateboarding


In the 1960′s, Bill Eppridge shot a series of photos for LIFE magazine, which depict both kids and adults skateboarding around New York. It’s difficult to envision a time, really not that long ago, when skateboarding was so new and so marginal that the fascination with sport was a blank slate not accompanied by thoughts of social rebellion or a path to pop culture stardom. Through Eppridge's photos you begin to see why people truly love skateboarding and why it has grown into such a phenomenon.

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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    1) thanks for sharing this. it brought a smile to my day. both from being able to witness the newness of the experience, as well as getting to look at the times through this lens.
    2) I just read your about page. I'm really inspired by your effort. The following passage is a gift that I appreciate you sharing:

    Skateboarding has been one of the most effective tools of engagement for individuals who have found difficulty expressing themselves through conventional social channels. While the lessons that each person takes away from the community are always different, the end result is an individual who has matured in their own terms and has taken that spirit into whatever endeavor they have chosen to pursue. It is our intent to highlight that spirit, and push the discussion around skateboarding forward so that everyone, skaters and non-skaters alike, can begin to look at subcultures differently and appreciate what they can do for the people around us.

    3) anyhow, thanks.

    • FilmThisTrick

      Ben -

      Thanks for your kind words, it means a lot to hear that coming from you. Appreciate all of your support for our project and your enthusiasm around our perspective.

      You guys are doing amazing things at GOOD, can't wait to see how the site and the movement continue to evolve!

      -The guys at FilmThisTrick

  • Liz Dwyer

    Love this and love that there are so many organizations that are harnessing the power of skateboarding to change the lives of youth.

  • Stef McDonald

    headline says it: there is such love and joy on the faces of these subjects.