I think that the clothes we label as modernist or skinhead, are still the beez kneez today. It looks smart and its a timeless classic look. When I wear these clothes today, few people know what I am, but I seem to be way better dressed, than anyone else, even though I'm no longer in the "young" category in life. Lets put it this way, they just don't make, amongst mainstream clothing companies, this level of quality anymore. The clothes today, like most of 'modern' society, have built in obsolescence and are designed, only to last, less than a year before falling apart. With the button down "Look", you can't really go wrong. That's what I find. I suppose, I'll get to 80, still be wearing these clothes and the grand children, will ask what it was like and I'll be able to tell them about mods n' skins... But also, I love how its embedded, deep in the working class. And by that, I mean the marxist version of the term (ie, wage slaves), not the term middle class (which these days, seems to mean the richer part of the working class, rather than the small businessman in media speak). As it was put in the Sharper Word, "Clean living in difficult circumstances" (I see Mod and Skin as a continuum of the same movement, just variations on the same theme, although skinhead may have been a bit more communal and less individualistic by all accounts). I didn't and still don't want to be part of mainstream society. I want to live in a world, free from the never ending cycle of being just a number in a cog. That's what subculture, in my mind is about. Its about saying "fcuk that". If you've got your own spaces, your own clothes, your own music, your own rituals, your own games and sports, your own people, your own tribe, who then, needs to be an automaton in mainstream society? A lot of people, say to me, you failed in what skinhead, or any subculture tried to achieve. By "being different" you're all the same as each other. To which I respond, no, we're not the same, we're each different in personality as the next cat. But, we have chosen to be a world apart, from the mainstream, together, to share a common experience of creating our own world, our own society within a society. To not be an automaton and together, we can be like the Viet Cong, the cultural revolutionaries, giving the two fingers up to the bosses...being part of society, whilst at the same time, being apart from society.