21 Fantastic Pictures Of Female Skateboarders From The 1970s

June 8, 2014

While much of the mythos of the origin of skateboarding is centered around teenage boys of Southern California, there was a strong contingent of female pioneers who helped shape skateboarding since it’s inception. Below we take a look at some of the women who influenced skateboarding culture in the 60s and 70s:

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Skateboarding Contest Torrance California

Onlookers watch a skateboarding contest in Torrance, California in 1977.

Farrah Fawcet Skateboarding

By the late 1970s, skateboarding was growing in size and reach, including to some famous Hollywood heroines. Above, Farrah Fawcet tries out skateboarding.

Skateboarding In New York City

Skateboarding wasn't just a California phenomena -- the above photograph was captured

Enjoy these images? Check out some of these videos of the first female skateboarders:

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Alfred Hitchcock On The Set Of “The Birds”, 1963

June 6, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock Birds

When Camille Paglia and David Thomson have nothing but praise for your film, you know you’ve done something right. Such was the case with Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller, “The Birds”. Thomson described it as his “last unflawed film”, with Paglia noting that the feature was an ode to female sexuality and nature.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXVIII

June 6, 2014
Source: Design Boom

Source: Design Boom

Architects Envision A 21st Century “Himalayas”

Source: Design Boom

Source: Design Boom

At a juncture when it seems that humankind is at odds with nature (and losing), a vision like the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center offers a much less antagonistic vision of that relationship. MAD architects debuted the modern day Himalayas at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, readily presenting the ethos of shanshui, or the achieved spiritual harmony between nature and humanity. In their 560,000 square meter space, manmade structures and their waterfall and rainwater-filled interiors complement nature; they don’t necessarily take away from it. Read more about the metropolis’ specs at Design Boom.

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A Cormorant Fisherman In Repose

June 4, 2014
Cormorant Fisherman Li River

Source: 500PX

Existing nearly 300 years before the Magna Carta was issued, cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method historically employed by Chinese and Japanese people. To catch fish, the fishermen tie a snare around the bird’s throat so that it cannot swallow large fish. Rather, it holds the fish in its throat and coughs it up when the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat.

Audrey Hepburn Shopping With Pet Deer

May 31, 2014
Audrey Hepburn Deer Pet

Source: Another Mag

While it wouldn’t be entirely strange for the willowy actress to fawn over her own fawn as a pet, Audrey Hepburn took the deer in as a shopping partner for work purposes. In the 1959 film “Green Mansions”, Hepburn’s sidekick was a deer, Ip, and director Mel Ferrer proposed that Hepburn take it in so that the deer would learn to follow her around. It worked. As Hepburn’s maid later recounted, she was amazed to walk into Hepburn’s bedroom to find the fawn sleeping calmly with Hepburn.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXVII

May 30, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou

The world’s greatest writers are never just that. Using the written word as their shovel, they dig deep into the most devastating and dazzling facets of our humanity and present their findings–namely, truth–in their most organic and compelling forms. Such is the case with poet, activist and philosopher Maya Angelou, who left this physical Earth on Wednesday. Throughout her 86 years, Angelou was exposed–and often victim–to a culture in violent flux. Wringing out sorrow, grief and hope in each of her works, Angelou’s words have presented themselves as a bedrock of inspiration and strength against a world that has shown over and over again just how fragile it really is. To commemorate such a force of nature, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Maya Angelou quotes and speeches and highly encourage you to check them out.

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