Old Teddy Boys.

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  1. Threak

    Threak Senior member

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    The style is pretty cool..but what is their fascination with the hand tats?

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    good look, minus the tatoos.

    I think the tattoos are what must have kept them in the scene. I mean, you can't exactly change your look with your hands tatted up like that right?
     
  2. Zenny

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    It was fascinating to watch them on "British Style Genius".
     
  3. Douglas

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    That's some shit collar fit.
     
  4. JibranK

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    lulz at that guy's Stars and Bars hand tat. He would be soundly verbally thrashed on WAYWRN..
    I'm pretty sure that's not the Confederate flag. It looks like the St. Andrews cross to me (which is indeed featured in said flag, but with other elements)
     
  5. Get Smart

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    ^^ no it's def the confederate flag

    Teds were really into usage of the Stars n Bars, as homage to the roots of their music which was all southern roots rock n roll. There was an online essay some old Ted wrote where he talks about it and how it wasnt a racial thing, even tho some of the first generation Teds in 1952 were known to be a bit racial, even going so far as to only playing songs by white artists of their day at their dance clubs (which were more often than not covers of black artists). But the whole confederate flag imagery was more adopted by the revival Teds from the mid 70s, not so much the originals from the 50s

    they did some crazy stuff, like sewing razorblades under the lapels of their drape jackets, so that if someone grabbed them by their collars their hands could get all cut up.
     
  6. Get Smart

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    Here's a small bit written for a European rockabilly site about Teds:

    The Teds fully embraced the American Rock and Roll music that hit Britain and the British bands that adopted the same style. The Teds were, however, shadowy figures at the dancehalls, lurking around the bars, bopping around and drinking. They formed gangs who sometimes had a common uniform like a particular colour of jacket or socks. For the most part, violence and vandalism was not too serious by modern standards, and exaggerated by the media, but there were instances of serious gang warfare with razors and knives. Some Teddyboys had fascist tendencies and were involved with gangs of youths that attacked the West Indians that emigrated to Britain in the mid Fifties. This racism was the most unfortunate of the Teddyboy's tendencies and it closed off much American Rock and Roll to them. This was their loss as a lot of white covers of Afro-American songs were very poor by comparison with the originals.

    The British pop boom of the 1960s brought new music and new youth culture. The Teddyboys that remained began to devote more attention to Rock and Roll music, which they at first took for granted. The first Rock and Roll pubs appeared as did the Rockers who liked the same music and rode powerful British motorcycles. Teds and Rockers got on well with each other and the leather motorbike jacket became the normal wear for many Teddyboys and Teddygirls for daytime use and for rough pubs. The bike jacket could protect against motorcycle accidents, razor attacks and spilt beer in a way that the drape jacket never could.

    The 1970s saw Glam Rock and Rockabilly styled bands appear in Britain and, although the Teds despised most of this music, it brought a resurgence of interest in Rock and Roll and new venues appeared. Many teenagers bought second hand drape jackets, hid the moth holes with badges and became the new generation of Teddyboys and Teddygirls. British Rock and Roll bands developed their own style, using guitar blues and rockabilly to give their music more bite. Rock and Roll pubs would put on bands of this type and also play original 1950s records. This, the dancing and the beer created an unique entertainment experience. The Seventies also saw the appearance of the Rockabilly. Basing their look on poor white boys from the American South, they adopted the Confederate Flag as their emblem, and avoided rock and roll that was based on blues sounds or performed by black artists. Rock and Roll disk jockeys stopped playing music that Rockabillies didn't like and the Teds realised that they had new rivals for their Rock and Roll venues. There were a lot of fights and many Rock and Roll venues closed.
     
  7. rhiannonh

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    That first geezer with TEDs across his knuckles is my brother, Alan!!
     
  8. Poindexter

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    Showin' some wear then, innie?
     
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  9. MikeDT

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    More period costume than style IMO....but he looks "Finger lickin' good" (TM).

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    LOL this. Definitely this.
     
  11. Boswell

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    More interesting than the Teddy Boys is the Edwardian revival in men's fashion, which preceded and influenced them:

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    "Originally, the Edwardian suit was introduced in 1950 by a group of Saville Row tailors who were attempting to initiate a new style. It was addressed, primarily, to the young aristocratic men about town. Essentially the dress consisted of a long narrow (31/2-4") lapelled, waisted jacket, narrow trousers (but without being 'drainpipes'), ordinary toe-capped shoes, and a fancy waistcoat. Shirts were white with cut-away collars and ties were tied with a 'windsor' knot. Headwear, if worn, was a trilby hat. The essential changes from conventional dress were the cut of the jacket and the dandy waistcoat. Additionally, barbers began offering individual styling, and hair-length was generally longer than conventional short back and sides."

    The description above was obtained from the typeset of a picture of the 'authentic' Edwardian dress which was put out by the Tailor and Cutter and printed in the Daily Sketch, 14th November 1953, in order to dissociate the 'authentic' from the working class adoption of the style.
     
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  12. rhiannonh

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    This reprobate is my big bother, Alan! Honest it is!!
     
  13. Sazerac

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    That BBC show is fantastic! Thanks for sharing it.

    What swagger these homeboys had.
     
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    Second photos seems "American". Button down shirts not common in Britain at the time. Were they? Also, that looks like a 46-48 Chevy parked on the street. Again, not common in Britain.
    Where was this photo taken?
     
  15. MikeDT

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    Boston perhaps? English looking stone buildings in the background.
     

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