Skating has been around for centuries. However, the technology behind skates has drastically changed. The oldest known ice skates date back to about 3000 B.C.
As skating became easier and more efficient, it became a mode of transportation between villages along the Dutch canals (ref History of figure skating). Advancing technologies also led to it becoming a popular recreation and sport world-wide. Hello speed skating, figure skating and hockey!
As 26 horrifyingly awesome figure skating fashions from the ’80s, as well as The worst fashion crimes in NHL history illustrate - there have been a few blips on the fashion-side of skating. Fortunately, most artists and illustrators have been inspired by tasteful side of things - or that appears to be the case from what I've seen.
Like many of these artists, I have found myself attracted to the fashionably correct side of skating (with a little bit of color discordance thrown in - just for kicks). I especially love the colorful fluffy hats and dresses worn by many skaters, along with the matching skates that complete the ensemble. This week's illustration tries to capture some of that. As reference, you can also see the work of other artists on my Pinterest skating illustration board.
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