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I still can't remember my first trainers but they might have been Gola. I did buy Reeboks quite early on when the logo had the Union flag. I was never a big Adidas fan (although photos show I did wear them) as I preferred Puma and I always saw these as rival brands with their own loyal followers.   The Dunlop Green Flash I wore were for knocking about in, they didn't cost much and I never considered them cool or trendy, just practical. I have a photo of me and a...
I started wearing roll necks in 1970. Having bought stuff at the Squire shop I started shopping at the Village Gate along Oxford Street and there I bought roll necks that were on the thin side to begin with but got chunkier in 71/72. I went away to college in 1972 and used a local launderette for my washing. I managed to shrink all my Roll necks in the wash and had to bin them. I wasn't too upset as one jumper was salmon pink and others were pastel shades.I still have...
This site has exploded with lots of interesting posts recently. I don't mind if it goes slightly off topic at times because it sometimes sparks other useful bits of information that is relevent. I lived near a bowling alley in the mid sixties and we used it like a youth club/coffee bar and played a bit of ten pin. I knew Mods that wore the bowling shoes in the same way that trainers are worn today. You could hire the bowling shoes and risk a foot infection but some of us...
Didn't you get into Timberland boots and boat shoes in the late 80's? I think they were my first before I started wearing Sperry. My mate used to wear a good style Clarks boat shoe. I now have one pair of cheaper boat shoes made by Chatham. I like them but find them slightly uncomfortable if I have to do any walking.
 We used the clipper no.s 1-4 when talking to the barber but many just said give me a 1/2 ", 1/4" or for the psycho's a 1/8". I don't remember a Mohican cut but there were always people trying different things. I never took to the razor parting.
I remember that the girls used to make their own jean skirts. The girls studied needlework and domestic science so many could cook and sew. Then the shops caught on and started selling ready made jean skirts for the girls. My girlfriend used to wear my cut down Levi's for painting and decorating. I remember coming home one day to see her friend in my short cut downs and the image of her long legs in my jeans stays with me to this day.
Spot on. No shorts but cut down Levi's on building sites or DIY projects. I always worked on building sites in summer. No hard hats, old DM's,cut down Levi's, shirt off all day to get the tan. No 'elf an safety and no knowledge of skin cancer. Ambre Solaire and calamine lotion when you forgot. I wore Desert Boots and don't remember my first trainers. I had a pair of Dunlop green flash when they came out. Football boots were Puma or Adidas. The creative players wore Puma...
That's exactly what my mob sometimes used to do. I used to get some cockles or whelks and we would have a drink in the pub just by Tubby Isaac's. Then we used to head off to Aldgate East station and home. There was a documentary the other night on the East End of London using archive footage and Tubby Isaac's was featured and interviewed.
When I first started Sunday lunchtime drinking it would have been in East End  'old man pubs' after a regular visit to Petticoat Lane and Brick Lane. Definitely all male with women barmaids. They were dirty, dodgy pubs that no woman would be seen dead in. A bit later our Sunday pub was 'the Merry Fiddlers' a popular youth pub in Dagenham .The pub was knocked down long ago. It was once a famous Skinhead pub (there is a photo from the Pub on this site). A few girls, but...
My take on this is that the lads are posing for the camera.Not sure why. The guy on the left has even put his drink down in the pub doorway. He's asking for it to be kicked over! Nothing special in the way they are dressed. The boy on the right has the BD shirt and decent shoes. He also seems to have the silver name bracelet which I remember pre-skinhead. Little in the way of jewelry except signet type rings? which I also remember. No tattoos. No white tee-shirts under...
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