The hippiegrrl story began in 2002 when I (Chantale) joined backwash.com. At the time, I had done zero writing online, had no screen name (other than an old name I used on Olohof, back in the day), and was just getting into the Riotgrrrl scene. I had recently moved back to Buffalo, NY and was hoping to get into activism. Attending a few events around town sealed my interest in organizing and the hippie values that I had always held near and dear.
Coupling my love for hippie culture with my backwash column and riotgrrrl tendencies I crafted the handle ‘hippiegrrl’. Shortly thereafter, I began coding, from scratch, the hippiegrrl.com website and a media company was born! At the time, it was just backwash and hippiegrrl.com, but over time branched out to riseupbuffalo.com (an online activism community), summit-pit.com (an online community for goths, punks, metal heads, etc.), leapwebdesigns.com (a web design & development company, catering to small businesses)
The current variation of hippiegrrl media includes robots don’t dance, gen x reactions, and the latest iteration of hippiegrrl explains it all, as well as the ever-present hippiegrrl.com. Moving forward, hippiegrrl media will continue to be a hub for the hippiegrrl properties and a location for the next version of the hippiegrrl web design & development company. Check back often to see what’s up!