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Spot on. Good post. There was a TV programme on hairstyles the other week. For the period covering 68-75 it was all long hair for the men. Skinheads and short hair did not get a mention. If I didn't have the old school photos (and this site) I would begin to start to think that my memory was playing tricks and I was making it all up.
In the early 70s we used to shop around the South Kensington and Kings Road areas and the smell of patchouli oil was everywhere. The oil seemed to go hand in hand with joss sticks.Some of my work mates (some young professionals) were living in squats in the mid 70s. Near Mile End was a whole street of squats, in the old derelict terraced houses, and they had some great street parties. I don't remember many hippies but certainly young professionals who couldn't afford...
I have the same BB mac as you and it is a beauty.I have a pair of olive cords from Brook Taverner and they are also of good quality. I am in the market for another pair of cords and I think on your recommendation I will get myself down to M&S and buy a pair of Blue Harbour. I have always avoided that brand but anyhow I will give them a go. Last week I spent several hours looking for cords in a shopping centre and TKMaxx and all that was on offer were skinny, low waisted...
I don't know if there are any phrases or slang that skinheads used that are still used today. Or if the phrases were nationwide back then. We always used the one word expression 'alright?' when greeting a mate, followed 'by how's it going' and only this morning the paper boy said that to me. For a brief time girls were called 'sorts' and if they were good looking 'tasty sorts'. A 'geezer' good with his fists was described as 'tasty' as well. If it was said that someone...
 To this day I distrust the police. Back then, on a couple of occasions, I was nearly 'fitted up' for things I hadn't done.The police were generally drawn from the same working class people that I was a part of but we were taught from a young age not to trust them. I am surprised that even cousins in their 60/70s still have a strong dislike for the old bill even though we now all lead respectable middle class lives.One of our mates became a policeman and even won a bravery...
One legacy, already mentioned, was the DM boots. The boots were originally intended as workwear and were adopted by skinheads and perhaps late mods, but essentially skinheads as leisure wear. Almost every youth movement in the UK since has discovered the DM boot but I would argue skinheads were the first. Skinheads were magpies adapting clothes, music etc from elsewhere. Without skinheads Desmond Dekker would not have had his hits and his world recognition. Many West...
Back then I didn't know any girl who had a tattoo or body piecing apart from the ear lobes. None of my mob had tattoos and I would say it wasn't a skinhead look in our area but when Aces posted on a Simon Templar Saint tattoo I remember a mate who had that tattoo. Generally it was all low key and discrete. Most of us were concerned with getting good jobs and that would not be possible with a large tattoo or piercing. I remember in my 20s some of the chaps started wearing...
Enameled football badges were also a bit of a no-no in our area for reasons given above but some of us used to go to West Ham Speedway and you could wear those badges anywhere because there was never any violence at the Speedway. It was a family sport back then with no trouble and you could safely travel away to Wimbledon,Hackney,Romford or Rye House.
The white BD shirt has always been part of my wardrobe. My first Ben Sherman was stripped but I quickly started to buy plain colours including white. Some dance halls introduced ultra violet lighting and a white shirt really stood out. We wore the white shirts with our blazers (adding to the school uniform look). For summer I preferred the baggy sleeved, loud check, America import shirts from the Squire shop..
I think it is great to read what Closeau has to write regarding the Minets, quote; 'At the time, you bought the  Renoma Blazer (all the Minets wanted one) and choose a patch you had to saw yourself'.   We didn't have a clue about Minets (we didn't know about anything outside London and the Suburbs) but a much forgotten part of what we wore when 15/16 was the Initialed Blazer. The blazer had to be 3 button, patch pockets,centre vent and navy/black. We got the pocket...
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