The British tend to have the best subcultures, as S pointed out with the Teddy Boys. But let’s talk about who came after; my personal favorite subcultures of all time. I’m talking Mods, and traditional skinheads.
The Mods came first in the early 1960’s, and were a movement of middle-class youth obsessed with Vespa scooters, and looking sharp as all get-out. They craved mod bands (The Who, Herman’s Hermits) and Motown music, and experimented with all kinds of drugs at Carnaby Street parties you would not be let into with your sweatpants.
Sworn enemies of rockabilly-obsessed Rockers, who rode cafe’ racers, they brawled and partied in perfectly cut suits, military surplus fishtail parkas, nice shoes, and bright colored everything for the ladies and men. Co-opt their swag with abandon.
Now let’s move on to scarier motherfuckers. The Skinheads. I’m not talking Nazis here: the vast majority of original skinheads, and many today, were and are anti-racist and apolitical. Just go to CityPages and look up “Skinheads at Forty” for the Minneapolis scene.
Excuse me while I leave the alley and never come back.
Cuffed jeans, Harrington jackets, military surplus, Fred Perry button downs, and braces. These are the ingredients of a working-class skin. They got big after the Mods, taking inspiration from them and the Jamaican rude boys/girls in both their style and what-of-it attitude.
Doc Martens got big because of skins, especially oxblood-colored originals. If you see a modern skin with red boot laces (and Nazi ink, or even an anti-racist one) he’s shed blood for the movement - do not put red laces on boots. Also, skinhead women:
Please, if you know women like these, tell me where they are. Or if you are one, don’t you dare change. - Dr. J
(P.S.: Necklace of Nazi teeth good idea, but not required for admittance.)