This 1960s Skater Looks Like a Time Traveler From 2012

By Casey Chan on at

As I was sifting through this excellent LIFE photograph archive of skateboarding in the 1960's, I noticed something a little off. Amidst the flooded dress pants, sweater jackets and generally well dressed people of the 1960's, was this guy. Jeans. Shirt. Shades. Devil may care attitude. He looks like a dude who just shot a Instagram pic, not a guy from the 60's.

What is it about this guy? The jeans he's wearing look more like it's raw selvedge denim, a trend that didn't really take off until the aughts. His back pocket looks like it could be holding a beanie, one that he was wearing like a lazy noodle over his head. His shirt? I have one just like it. Scruff on his face? A growing hipster. Shades? Unpossibly modern. The only thing that screams (more like whisper) 1960 is his dress shoes. Other than that, we have a time traveler folks!

Maybe this dude is BFFs with the bro from the 1940s and they're experimenting every era. Or maybe he was in cahoots with Bill Eppridge, the photographer who managed to freeze a moment in 1960 that looks like it's perfect for 2012. Maybe from a different angle, his shirt looks tighter and more old fashioned. Maybe at a different moment, he's wearing a sweater vest. But that picture right there? Totally a glimpse of the future from the past, time traveling or not. [Retronaut via Kottke]