Too much moxie breeds mayhem in the streets: skateboarding in NYC, 1965
February 28, 2012 11:43 AM Subscribe
A two-foot piece of wood or plastic mounted on wheels, it yields to the skillful user the excitements of skiing or surfing. To the unskilled it gives the effect of having stepped on a banana peel while dashing down the back stairs. It is also a menace to live and even limb. Life magazine article on skateboarding in New York City
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, from the May 14, 1965 issue. Pictures from that article are now online in larger form
on another site). See also: The New York Skate Movie
trailer on YouTube.
The photos were shot by Bill Eppride
, a long-time photographer for Life
| a personal reflection on the photographer
The NY Skate Movie trailer was made by skate buddies who share an interest in Super 8 film, Coan Buddy Nichols and Rick Charnoski. Their film company is called Six Stair
, and they have a Vimeo channel with 215 videos
, including a bunch of skate films, some with old footage.
Bonus: Apple Juice
, a "vintage" NYC skateboard documentary from 1990.
Bonus bonus: Riding through NYC, under a skateboard
and via Gothamist