Original art work by Cindy Whitehead

Description (Brief)
This black ink drawing on white Bristol board was drawn by Cindy Whitehead while designing her "Girl Is Not a 4 Letter Word" skateboard. The drawings were an important part of the creative process and demonstrate Whitehead’s creative ability as well as her distinctive style. Whitehead used her skate background to create the “Girl Is Not A 4 Letter Word” brand which includes Cindy’s original art work. Whitehead began skateboarding at age 15 and had turned pro by the time she was 17, something girls were not doing in the mid-1970s. She became one of the only girls skating both pool and half pipe and is the only girl ever to be featured in a two page article with a centerfold in a skateboarding magazine. Whitehead retired from skateboarding at 22 but still skates and has remained in the sports arena as a sport stylist, a job title she also created. Whitehead is especially supportive of young female skaters through her “Girl Is Not A 4 Letter Word” skate team and her products which are geared towards women and girls. Whitehead’s signature phrase printed in gold on many of the “Girl Is Not A 4 Letter Word” products personifies her independent spirit, "Live life balls to the wall. Do epic shit. Take every dare that comes your way. You can sleep when you’re dead."
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing, skateboarding
date made
Whitehead, Cindy
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 1/2 in x 11 in; 21.59 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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