Roller Skates by dosankodebbie

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I will never forget the exuberant feeling of flight that I got from my first pair of roller skates. Unlike the skates in this etegami, they were simply wheeled metal frames that screwed tightly to my shoes. Remember those? The words that accompany the image are the first two lines of “Brand New Key,” a pop song written by folk singer Melanie (Melanie Safka), which was a hit in the early 1970s.

Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines simple images with words, usually using sumi ink and water-soluble paints applied by natural fiber brushes to washi postcards.


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I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • davvi
    davvialmost 3 years ago

    fine art,recalling an old story.

  • Thank you, davvi!

    – dosankodebbie

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 3 years ago

    love your painting and love the song!!!

  • It’s hard to forget this song once you hear it (even if you want to). :p

    – dosankodebbie

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Elizabeth! ♥

    – dosankodebbie

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldalmost 3 years ago

    I “learn’t” on a pair of these…tried blades 20 years later and spent most of the time on my rear….love the image and the song

  • Ha ha. Never tried roller blades, unless by blades you meant ice skates. In fact, I haven’t tried any kind of skates in almost 40 years. :p

    – dosankodebbie

  • linskudd
    linskuddalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely work AND yes, I remember the skates! 50 years later you can still see the scars on my knees!!! :o) Great fun though!

  • I have such happy memories of my old skates. But not because I was any good at skating. In fact I was a miserable skater, and have scars on my knees too! : )

    – dosankodebbie

  • Zefira
    Zefiraalmost 3 years ago

    yes i remember those skates, and the song ;) fabulous!

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