Coffee Table Books: LOCALS ONLY


H U G H  H O L L A N D


these extremely cool images

in the 70s just as

skateboarding was born

and created this incredible collection:

Locals Only: California Skateboarding 1975-1978

Holland’s images for me bring

back my carefree childhood

in the 70s and also

our sons who often wear

their hair long, shaggy

and surfer-like.

Some shots from

a couple years back…

photo: mine

our surfing, skating, sun-worshipping son at 14 on a boat

(couldn’t this be a chic ad in Vogue for…..?)

photo: mine

photo: mine

photo: mine

photo: mine

i know. i know. but not posed. it’s just one of the many skills teenagers excel at.

photo: mine

a snap of other son: the shade-loving skater at 14

(he grew his hair MUCH longer than this).

Back to Hugh Holland fabulousness.

In the mid-70s Southern Cali had a big time

drought, and empty swimming pools were

just begging to be skated upon.

Love this one!

Guys, this is a must own!

Hugh Holland’s

Locals Only: 
California Skateboarding 1975-1978 (Ammo Books)

is full of

vintage*skater*cool images

that make this mother of sons smile.

Can you dig it?

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. July 12, 2011 / 3:19 pm

    AHHH!!! I am obsessing over this. I love nothing more (as a mama of sons also) than westcoast surfer/skate vibe and images. LOVE IT!!!

  2. July 12, 2011 / 3:38 pm

    Beautiful boys.
    Beautiful photos.
    We DO love our
    boys, don't we?
    And the uposed
    pics are always
    the best; the sweet
    shine through : )
    xx Suzanne
    PS: Those tube
    socks brought me
    back to images of
    my own brother in
    the '70's!!

  3. July 12, 2011 / 3:54 pm

    Your boys are handsome young men Michele! I love watching the skate boarders over at our park the seem so fearless lets hope they never lose that sense of freedom. Love the photos!

  4. July 12, 2011 / 7:08 pm

    Yes, your sons are so very handsome! Thanks for posting these photos from the 70's…they really take me back. My favorite one is of the socks…very retro.

  5. July 12, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    aahhhh! cute boys!!…these shots remind me of a movie called "Lords of Dogtown", starring Heath Ledger…..that is when i first found out about skateboarders using empty pools to practice……fun times!

  6. July 13, 2011 / 1:25 am

    I loved seeing these images! Brought me back a few years…not so long ago, right?

    ciao from Newport Beach

  7. July 13, 2011 / 9:15 am

    You forgot to say "Son: mine"! Gorgeous pictures. Those 70's fashions are just sooooo 70's (lol). Love the long hair though – wanting my own son to grow his like that, except he's still only 4.

  8. July 14, 2011 / 8:53 am

    Great shots of lovely memories. Thanks for dropping by and sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  9. July 16, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    You have bred gorgeous boys, my lovely! Love the cool skater vibe of this gorgeous post!

    Meera xx

  10. Anonymous
    August 12, 2011 / 11:58 pm

    I Really loved by seeing these images!cute boys.Thanks for sharing it..

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  11. September 7, 2011 / 2:14 am

    God, he's beautiful. Both your sons are. I mourned the day when men started cutting their hair all preppie and short. They were so gorgeous back then with it long. Those photos are phenomenal…


  12. December 19, 2011 / 6:09 pm

    I love watching the skate boarders over at our park the seem so fearless lets hope they never lose that sense of freedom. Love the photos!

  13. Kaya
    September 5, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    I can’t find the coffee table edition, just the smaller one. Do you know where I can find one of the larger ones?

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