HIPPIE ARCHITECTURE: The Psychedelic Way

10 04 2010

This hippie’s did everything their way, and their means of “architecture” is no exception. Not only did they use their homes as their means of transportation, they also used these vehicles as canvases. The vehicles and the way they adorned them, in their psychedelic art, represents the 60’s and hippie generation to a t. Free love, colors, artists and musicians that inspired them – EVERYTHING was included, each making a similar style but actually leaving them each unique. Another important point to note would be how most of the vehicles were Volkswagen, and the hippie attention this brand was given still leaves them the symbol for counter-culture mode of transportation.

During festivals, if you weren’t traveling in your beetle or van, tents were the makeshift shelter of choice. The following is a photograph by Bob Alycott, taken at the Isle of Isle of Wight Pop Festival in 1970. The girl in the center is still unknown, but this photo still remains iconic of the time. At a hippie festival, smoke-in-hand, pregnant, and barefoot. Ah, the ideals of the time.

And if you weren’t making a home in a van, or a tent…

… Then you used a little piece of God’s architecture called your feet, and your thumb. And your overly large backpack.

Much hippie love,





HIPPIE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS: A Top Ten, Past & Present

9 04 2010

1). San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury District

This was the go-to place and attraction point for hippie’s starting out in the 1960’s. The traffic there in the initial Summer of Love even got SO high that in an effort to reduce the influx of the longhaired and high spirited, the government officials released statements warning people about the growing numbers and it had an adverse effect and drew in even more. Try listening to song San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie to really get a feel for the mood.

2). Central Park, New York for the “Be-In”

This convention attracted over 10 000 hippies, and was significant as now the hippie mentality begun to spread out instead of being concentrated in San Francisco. This protest was mainly about various issues that were going on in the US at the time, including racism, controversies over the Vietnam War, and so on and attracted many when it was headed up in April during Easter. The numbers continued to grow drastically as the days passed, up to 100 000 – 400 000, concentrating on anti-war protests.

3). Woodstock Festival, White Lake, NY

Coined the concert that changed rock and roll, if you could go back to ONE hippie festival and were big on music, this would be the one. It attracted over 40 000 people, and over the course of 3 days it featured 32 acts such as Jimi Hendrix, CCR, Grateful Dead, The Who, and many others. Plaques have been resurrected in remembrance, soundtracks produced, and documentaries have been released… Now, how many events do you remember that were paid this much attention, and grossed this much attraction on something was POSITIVE? Not many, I’m sure. Woodstock of 69, people.

4). Stonehenge Festivals, UK

This was a free festival that started in the early 70’s and continued each year in June for the Summer Solstice until the mid-80’s. It always featured a number of popular bands, including Jimmy Page, the Mob, and many others. Considered a highly spiritual event, it continued to grow in numbers as years passed and with the growing drug use that came with the hippie’s, restrictions were put and conflicts ensued (The Battle of the Beanfield) in place banning everyone from having a festival there until 1999. Now, your welcome to go back on the solstice and enjoy watching the sun rise perfectly over one of the most beautiful and complex and mysterious archaeological structures still in tact on Earth.

5). El Bolson, Argentina

Considered a “hippie haven,” and a place where “sustainable lifestyle choices are the norm rather than the exception,” it is by no means questionable as per why it is a destination of choice for the peace wielding people. It began to gain popularity in the 70’s as a hippie destination, and has still maintained its green and happy ways to date. It has a very temperate climate, a flourishing arts and crafts market, and has many outdoor activities such as skiing, rafting, climbing, and so on to spend time doing as well.

6). Nimbin, Australia

Much like El Bolson, it too gained popularity in the 70’s and maintains its hippie roots to this very day. It actually gained the majority of its current residents after it hosted a festival called the Aquarius Festival, as many of the attendee’s never left and still maintain the population. Certain other notable facts include how a HEMP Party has been founded as well as a HEMP embassy, promoting the legalization of marijuana and selling it at a hemp bar.

7). Goa, India

Called “the original hippie getaway,” it gained popularity in the 60’s and still gets plenty of traveller traffic to this day. Planning a trip there, and looking for some excitement? Head down there, and haul up a spot on the beach. Come nighttime, you’ll find where all the hippie’s went. That’s right, you’ll be dead center of a rave. Apparently, “old hippie’s don’t die. They just go to Goa.” However, to find that perfect spot may be a bit of an adventure, and an expensive one at that. Warning: definitely abandon some hippie ideals and do your research before heading down there. It’s no longer considered to be all picture perfect, and to find THAT spot your going to go through several less wonderful spots to find what your looking for, particularly up north.

8). Iziba, Spain

Considered “the birthplace of raves,” it has definitely changed nowadays but provided you have a working time machine, it would undoubtedly worth checking out in the 60’s when it was gaining popularity from the growing hippie culture. However, if you are dead set on checking it out present time to learn about hippie culture, certain districts are preserved under World Heritage site protection. This means that you can still see the some beautiful architecture and and walking trails that have been noted by many tourists to be worth checking out, and may just be lucky enough to catch a rave that’s going on not in a typical hippie setting, but in one of the popular clubs that keep up the active nightlife.

9). Vancouver, Canada

Finally, Canada debuts! While this spot may not have been one of the go-to places for hippie’s in the 60’s, it is certainly a PRESENT time hippie attraction. It is known for having a widely multicultural population, and has very open marijuana ideals. It is also the birth place of green peace, and if you head to a place like Kitsilano you are bound to see a longhaired tie dyed friend still wandering about. Not to mention… it’s beautiful and Canada. 100 points for this alone.

10). Kathmandu, Nepal

Deemed “the final dream destination for the tired hippie” in the 60’s, it is undoubtedly different today but you can still find traces of the old times. Drugs, such as hashish, can still be found with ease, and it has been said that the scenery of the Himalayas can speak and inspire to even the most spiritual of people.





HIPPIE BACKGROUND: The 60s/70s + Drug Culture

9 04 2010

The hippie’s were definitely known and remembered for their free love ethos, their distinct style, and select other characteristic. However, there was certain other defining characteristic that they were known for that weren’t of such positive connotations. This would include… their drug habits. These drugs included:

1). Marijuana

– this was the main drug choice of hippies

– it had several alternate names, including ganga, weed, pot, grass, 420

– made from dried up sections of the Cannabis plant

– most commonly used illegal drug in the US (DRUG ABUSE site)

– short term effects are:

  • difficulty thinking
  • a euphoric feeling (calm/relaxed/stress-free)
  • memory impairment
  • pain-relieving (ie, how it is used for medicinal purposes)
  • large food cravings

long term effects include:

  • cancer of the lungs, etc, as 5 joints a day can be equated to smoking an entire package of cigarettes
  • a broken down immune system, due to the marijuana’s negative effects on the T-cells that are used to fight off infections and other threats
  • lungs and airways can be filled with phlegm, coughs may develop, heightened risk due to long exposure of chemicals can in lung infection

2. LSD

– a hallucinogen

– comes from a fugus that grows on grains

– taken tablet form

– effects last about 12 hours

– short term effects include:

  • a cross-referencing of senses (some have remarked they could hear colors, and see sounds)
  • can lead to panic attacks, rapid swinging of emotion, etc.

– long term effects:

  • even from short term use, long term effects can linger: such as the recurrence of LSD like trips as a flashback suddenly coming on
  • it is not considered an addictive drug, but tolerances can be built up and then the user has to continue to take larger doses to get the better high producing an addicted and dangerous effect

3. PCP

– white powder

– comes in tablets, capsules, powder form (powder can be snorted/smoked)

– lasts about 6 hours

– some short term effects can include:

  • mimicking schizophrenia
  • hallucinations
  • disordered thinking

– some long term effects include:

  • memory loss
  • difficult speaking
  • depression
  • weight loss
4. Psilocybin
– obtained from mushrooms

– typically taken orally, and can be brewed in tea or added to food

– effects generally kick in within 20 minutes, and last about 6 hours

– have LSD like properties

– some short term effects include:

  • altered motor functions
  • creates an inability to distinguish between reality and a dream or fantasy
  • altered perception of time

– long term effects can include:

  • flashbacks
  • risk of psychiatric illness
  • memory loss

5. Amphetamines

– taken generally in pill form

– used to increase alertness (decreasing fatigue)

– short term effects can include:

  • shortness of breath
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • increased heart rate
  • euphoria
  • increased self esteem, confidence
  • paranoia

– upon withdrawal, effects include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • increased tiredness
  • appetite increase
  • developing temper
  • suicidal tendencies

6. Heroin

– extracted from the seed of the Asian opium plant

– can be injected, snorted, smoked, etc.

– short term effects include:

  • euphoria
  • awake to drowsy and back and forth state
  • warm flush
  • heaviness of arms/legs, etc.
  • inability to clearly think

– long term effects include:

  • fatal overdose
  • AIDS or other infections for those who inject the drug and share needles
  • insomnia
  • muscle/bone pain
  • vomiting
  • cold shivers
  • goose bumps
  • twitching motions
  • cravings even when having had gone through the withdrawal process





HIPPIE LANGUAGE: You Look the Part, Now Speak the Part

7 04 2010

Now that you LOOK the hippie part, its time to speak the hippie part. There are hundreds of words that can be traced back to hippie roots, but some of the most basic ones and sayings to know would include:

1). Pad: Where you lived. For example, “Let’s go back to my pad, and we can just chill.”

2). Crash: Going to sleep; coming down from a drug trip. For example, “Hey man, I’m ready to crash. Want to go back to my pad?”

3). Happening: Something that is really fun, like a party. Try saying it like, “Chad’s party is supposed to be happening, lets head over there now!”

4). Groovy: Something that’s cool. For example, “Those love beads are groovy!”

5). Scarf: Eating something fast. For instance, “I scarfed down that tofu, it was so groovy.”

6). Gas: Having a lot of fun. Try combining this word with other hippie words, like “I had a gas at Chad’s happening party! Let’s go back to my pad now, and crash.”

7). Far out: Something that is even cooler than groovy. “That party was so far out, lets have another one tomorrow.”

8). Dig: To understand. Like, “Do you dig what I’m tellin you?” That’s right.

9). Threads: Clothes. For instance, “The hippie threads you just learned about are far out.”

10). Square: A conformist; a non-hippie. For example, “My parents are such squares. I’m glad I have such groovy friends.”

11). Peace Out: How to say bye. If your leaving a party, try throwing a “Peace out” out there, and tossing up the hippie peace sign for a bonus.

12). Brother: Someone you get along with, or another hippie you felt a particular like-ness to. Try it like, “Hey brother, lets go scarf down some food, and we can head up to the party.”

13). Grass: Marijuana. “That grass we just smoked was groovy.”

14). Green: Not knowing; being “ignorant” but not in negative connotations. This description would normally fit a new hippie to the scene that didn’t know the ropes – for example, “That brother was so green.”

15). Psychedelic: Mind expanding. This normally described all the art they did, the experiences had while on drugs, etc. It would be used like, “That trip was so psychedelic.”

Keep trying to combine the words, and you’ll be groovy in no time.

Peace out,

Your Hippie Helper ❤





HIPPIE FASHION: Must Have Items To Look Like A True Hippie

7 04 2010

In order to play a part, you have to look the part – so your first lesson in becoming a hippie starts here. There are several distinct ways that can be specifically classified as being hippie, and they include…

1). Hippie Hair

Guys and girls, its time to retire the scissors. Unkempt long hair is a major trademark of the hippie style. For men, facial hair is also in. Keep it as non-neat as possible.

2). Headbands

To rein in that long hair, it would be smart to invest in the hippie headband. It can be anything from a wide scarf tied around your head, or a thin string. If you can get a flower tucked in there, that’s extra points.

3). Granny Glasses

Working your way down from the hair and headbands, you’ll get to the granny glasses. These were usually worn in rounded frames, just like the ones pictured above. If John Lennon could wear them… they’re worth it. “All you need” is a little John Lennon style!

4). A Tie Dyed T-Shirt

Never bought, these were made by hippies themselves using dyes such as Rit Dye. This part of hippie fashion is hands down the must have. If you aren’t down with tie dye, you most likely should abandon the idea of being a hippie altogether. Much love, and good luck elsewhere!

5). Love Beads

These necklaces, called “love beads,” are generally to be worn looped around the neck at least once, then have the rest droop down.

6). Peace Accessories

The peace sign was often worn as an accessory such as a necklace, but if you can wear it as earrings, on a piece of clothing, or so on then all the peace power to you! Stick a peace sign on a love string, and your conquering two style traits in one try.

7). Fringed Vests

Fringed vests were hugely popular in hippie times. I recommend trying one over a tie dyed t-shirt, for a perfect hippie combination.

8). Long Skirts

Floor-length boho skirts are also a widely recognized clothing item of the hippie days, and the one pictured above is a perfect example of one. As per the one pictured above, its not only the skirt but it has been tie dyed as well.

9). Bell Bottomed/Custom Grungy Jeans

Just like the tie-dye, a do-it-yourself approach is still applied when it comes to the pants that were generally worn. They were all normally bell bottomed, tattered, and the more patches and peace signs, the more hippie.

10). Hippie Footwear

Leather sandals are generally the number one footwear choice of hippies. They are normally flat soled, with tiny leather straps going over one toe (pictured above), or were more of a flip-flop style. If you are brave enough, some hippies even dared to try this…

(If your brave enough).

Try these tips, and you’ll be getting flashed peace signs in no time.

Sending some peace, love, and happiness,

Your Hippie Helper ❤