WE ARE THE MODS!Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend, 18-19 May 1964, on the south coast of England where Londoners often headed for seaside resorts, thousands of Mods descended upon Brighton to find that a large number of Rockers had made the same plans.
Within a short time, marauding gangs of mods and rockers were openly fighting, often using pieces of deckchairs. A small number of Rockers were isolated on Brighton beach where, despite being protected by police, were pelted with pebbles, overwhelmed and assaulted by Mods.
Mods were known to sew fish hooks or razor blades into the backs of their lapels to shred the fingers of assailants; the same thing was done by Teddy Boys in the 1950s. Weapons such as coshes, bike chains and flick knives were common.
The violence in Brighton lasted two days and moved along the coast to Hastings and back. There were running battles at Margate and Clacton too.
A judge described those arrested as Sawdust Caesars.
A prosecutor argued the perpetrators were youths with no serious views, who lacked respect for law and order.
Newspaper editorials fanned the flames of hysteria and moral panic, warning that mods and rockers were “internal enemies” in the UK who would “bring about disintegration of a nation’s character”.
The Mods got on their scooters, the Rockers got on their bikes, and carried on regardless…
Final images of ‘British Youth Culture’ as a series of illustrations.
Overall I am pleased with my final set of illustrations, I have advanced from level 5 in terms of my composition, limitation of colour and my digital painting abilities. I really enjoyed just getting back to scratch and limiting myself to only using pencil to get my ideas down quickly and efficiently. This made the digital side of my work less of a hassle, as the foundations were already there, I just had to bring them alive with colour and small details that I could not achieve with traditional practice. I also found experimenting with light and shadow interesting and would like to develop this further into my future practice. This unit has made me realise that the marriage of traditional and digital work is the way forward for me and my illustrations.