This Stylish Florist From New York Is Showing The World That Skateboarding Is For Everyone

35-year-old Anna May Dutton spends her workdays designing bouquets and her weekends shredding at the skate park....

Anna May Dutton spends her days in a beautiful flower design studio and store, putting together bouquets, creating floral masterpieces and taking orders for weddings and celebrations. When the doors close and she leaves work however, is time to pull on some jeans, grab a board and head straight to the local bowl.

While this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, the skate scene in America remains remarkably male orientated and Anna’s story is a breath of fresh air.

Anna’s hobby proves that skating isn’t a hobby exclusively enjoyed by young men in Brooklyn, it’s an artistic passion that is loved by a wide range of different people.

“I love the parallels in skateboarding and floral design” Anna explained to Refinery29. “You build a structure and you design a story, you design your lines.”

While both skateboarding and flower arranging are both free spirited and artistic hobbies, Anna says that in reality they’re both actually based around hard work and practice.

“There’s a barrier for female skateboarders, there’s a barrier for every outlier”

“With skateboarding you do something over and over again” she says, “with flower arranging you make something again and again, thats how you become fluid, you just do it.”

“Floral design for me is like a physical embodiment of a poem. There’s a relationship to your blossoms and how the colour will move through the story. With skateboarding you also have that relationship with movement.”


Photo: Courtesy of Chris McDonald

While Anna doesn’t skate to make a point about how people see women in the sport, she does realise that her interests are an inspiration to many other women who feel like they can’t fit in a hip skate scene.

To step into a skatepark on your own as a women isn’t just intimidating, to many of us it’s pretty terrifying. If women of all different types were more visible in the skate scene and mainstream action sports media however, more women might feel comfortable getting on a board.

“Within the world of skateboarding I’m definitely an outsider” says Anna. “There’s a barrier for female skateboarders, there’s a barrier for every outlier – what people think you should and shouldn’t be doing.”

“But who wants to pay attention to that?”


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