“Brujas” in Spanish means “witches”. Brujas are a group of young Latino female skaters who created their own crew and meet up regularly at the skate park in the Bronx.
The name of their team derives from a cult 1986 video called Skate Witches, which features a trio of punk female skaters in leather jackets with pet rats, pushing boys off their boards and stealing them. The pair also drew on their Latino heritage for the group’s name. “We are intersectional feminists who are interested in spirituality and the tradition of brujería[witchcraft] in our culture,” said Arianna Gil, one of the founders of the all-girls skate collective. “So there was more going on than just that little YouTube video.”
Grulllon and Arianna Gil, the group’s co-founders, have been skating since they were 12 years old. Gil started skating using the board her brother received as a birthday gift but was too embarrassed to use.
Follow those beautiful witches on their Instagram account here.
July 6, 2016