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Hugh Holland's vintage skate photography

20 SEP 2011 | Posted By: -Mikolai-

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Skating is a billion dollar industry these days. You’ve got endorsement deals, signature shoes, a constant supply of new videos and European skate tours were everyone involved looks 100% wasted. Things were a lot simpler back in the late 70s when Hugh Holland took his iconic skate photos.

Back in those days the boards were narrow, t-shirts were for losers, and drained backyard pools were plentiful. It was right before the first big skating explosion and several light years before Tony Hawk was living in a house made of gold and Danny Way was dropping in from helicopters.

Three decades later and Holland has finally (finally!) released a book showcasing his photography, Locals Only: California Skateboarding 1975-1978. Focusing as much on the stoners, weirdos, surf kids and randoms hanging around the backyard pools as the actual skaters, the book makes late 70s California look like the best time/place ever.

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Respect -Mikolai-
I love these photos, but there's something about them that brings to mind Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero and some of the, ah, less pleasant stories regarding LA's skate / surf kids.
-Mikolai-  -  2 years ago
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Advanced Member GoldPox
Such a rad time and scene, captured beautifully.
GoldPox  -  2 years ago
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Advanced Member sushicats
Born in 1960 in Melbourne, this looks a lot like my teenage years. SoCal surf/skate scene was the biggest influence on my group of friends. Mordy drains, Southland car park, home made ramps, skipping school to hitch from Frankston station to the coast for a surf, getting punched out by bikers for having a skateboard, etc, etc. Wish I had more photos from that time. Stopped skating when everyone started wearing shoes ('78), didn't like not being able to feel the board or wrap your toes around the edge. And to me at the time it looked a bit...well...poofy. I turned 18 bought a kingswood wagon and went surfing.
sushicats  -  2 years ago
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