No Dirty Hippies: The Writing's on the Wall

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© L Hartley
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I focused on the words some idiot/comedian wrote on this white painted area on the wall: NO DIRTY HIPPIES. I risked blurring his face to get the message that was written, for you see, the place is full of nothing BUT! I had smelled a famliar "burning leaf" odor, and it trailed back to this guy. Sure, he said it was clover, but, well, who am I to specify herbs? Then I saw the sign, AND him, with his hippified dread locks and glazed expression. He was so sweet, too, to pose for me, and I thought he was darling - young, havng fun. The irony was too priceless to leave undocumented. The writing's on the wall: No Dirty Hippies! And that's why I put it in this category.

This is a gelatin silver print, taken with a Hasselblad and Tri-X film, scanned.

19 responses

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    Yeah for the Hasselblad & Tri-X combo! Great entry & an I can say to this guy is get off your hippie ass & get yourself a job!

  • L Hartley

    L Hartley gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    Amen to THAT, Jo!

  • Anne Mcginn

    Anne Mcginn gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    Thank God you aren't related to him! Great shot.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    perfect for the theme - poetic !

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson (Deleted) said (21 Jun 2008):

    Nice work. This is just perfect. I have a hippy shot posted which was made in Frisco in 1968. I like your shot very much.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    I loved the hippie movement in all its preposterous glory.

  • Kevin Leger

    Kevin Leger gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    If he's smoking clover, I'm a 17 year old Japanese girl! ;)

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    Dude, where did I leave my car? Kinda Rasta with those dreads. A little Irish Spring wouldn't hurt. He sure looks lost.

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    terrific dof...another superb photo

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    You done landed a good one here!!

  • L Hartley

    L Hartley gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    JO - Thanks for the Chuck Norris reference - we thought that was what it meant!!!! (On the T-shirt!)

  • Robert Valenzuela

    Robert Valenzuela gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    Great Laura when you come bring that Hassleblad we are going to have fun

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    What a great photo...I love it!!!

  • Robin Smith

    Robin Smith gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    lol....clover...ok.....great shot!!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (23 Jun 2008):

    Ah, Laura, I know you didn't buy that "clver" nonsense for a minute! This reminds me of the times when my boyfriend and I couldn't get served in a Nashville cafe because of his "dirty hippie" looks.

  • Peter McLaughlin

    Peter McLaughlin said (23 Jun 2008):

    Excellent ! Love it, Laura. He might want to think about some dental work, though....lol

  • Cassandra Bould

    Cassandra Bould gave props (25 Jun 2008):

    Fantastic, too perfect! Great shot!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (4 Jul 2008):

    Hey everybody's got to veg a little now and then..........I love the childish smiley face with the caption.....this is wonderful!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski said (4 Jul 2008):

    And the best thing about hippies is they're always smiling! ;)

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