Actor, writer and director Lena Dunham has expressed some serious devotion to 1970s skateboarding legend Laura Thornhill Caswell, by getting an image of the then-teenager tattooed on her belly. Thornhill Caswell gained notoriety as a 13-year-old, in 1975, and became the first female skater to have a board named after her and get a full feature interview in Skateboarder magazine, according to Refinery 29.
Dunham wrote on her Instagram that the image was from an illustration by Langley Fox, based on a photo that can be seen on Thornhill Caswell’s Instagram. “Cuz sometimes I really need a reminder that we came here to rip shit up …” wrote Dunham, adding “Plz note she’s riding one of my Endo scars.” Dunham has been open about her struggle with endometriosis, announcing in February that she was pulling out of a promotional tour for her TV series Girls, because she was going through a “rough patch” with the disease and needed time to rest.
She previously wrote about the disease in Lenny, the newsletter she publishes with Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner, in which she recalled how her condition went undiagnosed for more than a decade.
Thornhill Caswell reposted Dunham’s Instagram of the tattoo with the comment, “Speechless.”
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Very satisfying evening getting my (decade old!) tats touched up by my good friend @rbrtbnhm at Brooklyn Tattoo. He added this new one, a @langleyfox illustration of living legend @laurathornhillcaswell. Cuz sometimes I really need a reminder that we came here to rip shit up… Plz note she's riding one of my Endo scars 😍🙏💸
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