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In the last 20 years, skateboarding has established itself as one of the most popular youth sports in the world, but the Life Magazine 60s skateboarding captures illustrate that the recent dominance of skateboarding cannot be viewed as an overnight success.
The Life Magazine 60s skateboarding shots were taken at the height of the skate invasion in California and features people of all ages enjoying longboards and trying a variety of tricks, including lying down on the board (known as “The Coffin”) and wheelies.
One of the most jarring things about the photographs is just how many people are skating without any shoes. Skate shoes are infamous for bearing rips from the wear and tear of failed tricks and extended periods of time spent on a skateboard.
The Life FMagazine 60s skateboarding photos are a portal into the nascent days of one of contemporary pop culture’s biggest subcultures.