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Friday, June 10, 2011

Four decades of skateboarding in San Francisco

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PETER HARTLAUB is the pop culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle and founder of a parenting blog, which admittedly sometimes often has nothing to do with parenting. A couple of weeks ago, he went there for a story, but inspired by archive apostle John Angelico's bike photo post a couple of months back
he planned to spend 30 minutes, and ended up watching for hours. The result is a collage of old black and white pictures describing the San Francisco skateboard culture as far as the 60’s.

The picture on the left is from Dec. 4, 1976: The caption says the location of "The Pipe" is kept secret, so The Fuzz doesn't make it off limits to skaters. (The words "police officials" was used, but this is the year "Smokey and the Bandit" came out, so Peter is taking some liberties.) Shaun White wouldn't be born for another decade, and skaters were already sticking it to the man.

There are more pearls like this, so if you want to read more, go to
The San Francisco Chronicles

Don’t look for the pipe anymore, since 1976, it’s probably long gone…

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Friday, June 10, 2011 


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