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The publishing of nudity in magazines became legal in 1968. A slew of psychedelic publications decided to make hay as the sun was now shining. They pushed boundaries as to what was commonplace and acceptable. They presupposed that maybe sex wasn’t as vulgar as war. They spoke volumes as to the masses about a taboo lifestyle that perhaps wasn’t as harmful and shocking as once assumed.

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By 1973 major pornography publications has risen to the occasion. They went hardcore, dropped the hippy aesthetic and formulated a more mainstream vibe. What was left behind was the imagery from a “high and beautiful wave” that Hunter S. Thompson once spoke about.

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Taschen’s book Psychedelic Sex turns a year old some time around now. The collection of vintage imagery and magazine spreads from 67-72 is still around. Scroll through for a look inside.

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