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post #9796 of 19308
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Originally Posted by Pressure_Drop View Post


Talking of 'Hard Mods' - there's some cracking photos being posted in the Hard Mod group on F/B - quite a few I've never seen before, including this one, shame there's no details. Anyone seen it before?

Noticed the Mods wore v-neck sweaters with nothing underneath.

 

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Originally Posted by browniecj View Post


Wish I had gone into Scrap Metal-would be living somewhere nice and warm now!!!
Interesting Photo-first time I have seen a Bra and a Sheepskin in the same Picture.....hmmmm:)

Sadly your most likely right browniecj.

post #9797 of 19308
I agree with all that has been said about the term ‘hard mod’. In fact I had not heard the expression at all until I started hanging around these forums a few years ago.

That period of major change from around 1965 to 1968 when flower power began to take off (especially from the summer of love in 1967) forced people to make a choice. I was really too young to be a mod and so the direction for me was made easier by the fact that the hippy look was embraced by the mainstream. That is another example of what began as a counterculture movement - as a symbol of passive resistance - being embraced by all the world. Suddenly everyone was dressing in clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colors, wearing flowers in their hair, and distributing flowers to the public.

John Leo Waters conclusion seems very sound to me. As he also hints, not many people made the transition from mod to skinhead, becoming hippies, settling down or just dropping out of the scene.

It seems odd to me that we couldn’t accept the hippy look in the late 60s and yet a couple of years later we were happy to embrace a rather similar one in the form of smooth / suedehead / what you will - which in time was also totally mainstream.

In terms of V necks being worn on their own I recall this was a big look in the spring / summer of 1968.
post #9798 of 19308
I know this is a men's fashion topic, but do we have any good pictures demonstrating skinhead or mod gal fashions? You can't find much online besides the typical tomboy chelsea/braces/Fred Perry look from more recent eras.
post #9799 of 19308
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Originally Posted by bruiser93 View Post

I know this is a men's fashion topic, but do we have any good pictures demonstrating skinhead or mod gal fashions? You can't find much online besides the typical tomboy chelsea/braces/Fred Perry look from more recent eras.

Hey bruiser93.This is not a "mens fashion thread"It's a fashion thread devoted to a particular subculture at a particular time(late 60's early 70's)There are some photos of Skin girls from the time(not as many as the guys)I know it's a lot of pages but there are pics of girls in this thread.Everyone on this thread want more pics of Skin girls.It's a bit of a rarity.

post #9800 of 19308
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Originally Posted by yankmod View Post

Hey bruiser93.This is not a "mens fashion thread"It's a fashion thread devoted to a particular subculture at a particular time(late 60's early 70's)There are some photos of Skin girls from the time(not as many as the guys)I know it's a lot of pages but there are pics of girls in this thread.Everyone on this thread want more pics of Skin girls.It's a bit of a rarity.
Yes I understand, but since its a Men's Style forum I didn't know if talking a bit about girls fashion from the time would be stepping on any toes Or rules here.

I have been reading through the thread but out of the 327 pages I'm only around page 70 (at least from a phone), so far many pictures are dead links. I'm asking for some pictures mostly to show my girl. Perhaps more will pop up if I keep reading.

Thanks
post #9801 of 19308

Been reading the thread, as a skin at heart a lot of this is pretty damn interesting. Growing up it was hard to figure out what was proper or not. The internet wasn't as extensive and before finding records and books (I wish I bought the Gavin Watson book I read every time I went to SeeHear in NYC). I certainly never had the cash to go to 99x and buy proper FP or BS apparel so I went with polos or button downs that looked as close to the pictures as possible. Now to the point..

 

I forget where I read it years ago that orignally DM didn't have an "oxblood"color but you could obtain it by polishing a brown boot with oxblood or cordovan polish to bring out that dark luster. I followed suit and bought a pair of brown 8i DMs and polished them as above and got the richest oxblood I've ever seen. Fast forward to the present and I've been contemplating getting a pair of the Solovair oxblood 11i boots. I wonder how dark and rich they'll be.


Edited by catchourbreath - 12/10/12 at 8:05pm
post #9802 of 19308
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Originally Posted by Pressure_Drop View Post

Talking of 'Hard Mods' - there's some cracking photos being posted in the Hard Mod group on F/B - quite a few I've never seen before, including this one, shame there's no details. Anyone seen it before?

Yes, It belongs to Peter Heed. We have his permission to use it in the book.
post #9803 of 19308
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Originally Posted by Pressure_Drop View Post

I must admit... I didn't spot the Sheepskin shog[1].gif

What sheepskin?
post #9804 of 19308
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Originally Posted by catchourbreath View Post

Been reading the thread, as a skin at heart a lot of this is pretty damn interesting. Growing up it was hard to figure out what was proper or not. The internet wasn't as extensive and before finding records and books (I wish I bought the Gavin Watson book I read every time I went to SeeHear in NYC). I certainly never had the cash to go to 99x and buy proper FP or BS apparel so I went with polos or button downs that looked as close to the pictures as possible. Now to the point..

I forget where I read it years ago that orignally DM didn't have an "oxblood"color but you could obtain it by polishing a brown boot with oxblood or cordovan polish to bring out that dark luster. I followed suit and bought a pair of brown 8i DMs and polished them as above and got the richest oxblood I've ever seen. Fast forward to the present and I've been contemplating getting a pair of the Solovair oxblood 11i boots. I wonder how dark and rich they'll be.

Some of my mates used to polish brown boots with black polish to get a similar finish.
post #9805 of 19308
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Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

Some of my mates used to polish brown boots with black polish to get a similar finish.

Not advised to do what a mate of mine did - on the advice of his older and wiser 'mates' he got some real ox blood from a butcher and smeared it over his new DM's - not only did it f*ck up his boots but every dog in the area followed him whenever he went out. Honest - it's a true story. nod[1].gif
post #9806 of 19308
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Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

What sheepskin?

The Guy up near the top of Picture(about 6th in from left).The Coat he is wearing looks like a Shhepskin-to me.smile.gif
post #9807 of 19308
Sheepskin
post #9808 of 19308
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Originally Posted by browniecj View Post

The Guy up near the top of Picture(about 6th in from left).The Coat he is wearing looks like a Shhepskin-to me.smile.gif

I think he was joking cos he was too busy oggling the birds in teh bottom right.
I'm assuming a sheepskin was such a thing of pride for many, you wore it as often as you could, even when it was too warm.
Great picture by the way.
post #9809 of 19308
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Originally Posted by buttons View Post


I think he was joking cos he was too busy oggling the birds in teh bottom right.
I'm assuming a sheepskin was such a thing of pride for many, you wore it as often as you could, even when it was too warm.
Great picture by the way.

 

The 3/4 sheepskin was the pinnacle of the skinhead clothes.  i may of said before I begged, borrowed and stole to get the £35 quid (must be £700 in to days value)  together to buy mine from 'Harry Fentons' back in winter of 1969 and wore it continually even in the summer and never took it off when out as sheepskin thieves were commonplace.  Mine lasted for some 20 years before just falling to bits and obviously too small. 

 

I had also bought a black one in 1973 off a guy at work who did not want it as they were by then not in fashion and I paid £5 for it and this as it began to deteriorate ended up with sleeves cut off and being used on building sites in the winters.  they were superb coats and i reckon I had my monies worth out them through the years.  More than can be said of today's off the peg items

 

And yes great picture  - not too poser with the girls having a laugh and showing a bit of skinhead leg - happy times !!

post #9810 of 19308
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Originally Posted by Aces and Eights View Post

The 3/4 sheepskin was the pinnacle of the skinhead clothes.  i may of said before I begged, borrowed and stole to get the £35 quid (must be £700 in to days value)  together to buy mine from 'Harry Fentons' back in winter of 1969 and wore it continually even in the summer and never took it off when out as sheepskin thieves were commonplace.  Mine lasted for some 20 years before just falling to bits and obviously too small. 

I had also bought a black one in 1973 off a guy at work who did not want it as they were by then not in fashion and I paid £5 for it and this as it began to deteriorate ended up with sleeves cut off and being used on building sites in the winters.  they were superb coats and i reckon I had my monies worth out them through the years.  More than can be said of today's off the peg items

And yes great picture  - not too poser with the girls having a laugh and showing a bit of skinhead leg - happy times !!

They look a cheeky bunch.
Good memories about the Sheepskin,Ace and Eights.If I remember correctly,you could buy a Sheepskin for about £25/£30(in `68) off the Lane.I remember one Skin having a Sheepskin that was very long.When the cheap copies came out(`70) they were about £15.I can remember standing in Clubs sweating my B*lls off,because you dare not take it off.Great Picture on YouTube of a group of Mates dancing(2 or 3 of them had their Sheepskins on).Even in numbers ,they still got nicked.
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