skinhead original

anonymous asked:

Hey folks! I was curious about the difference between skinheads and Nazis -- where I'm from (the midwest United States) a lot of people are of the impression that they're the same thing, and your latest post makes a note of that being incorrect. Could you please explain the difference so I can be better informed?

It’s a long story, but we’ll try to give you the short version:

(above: skinheads in the UK, circa 1969) 

Skinhead comes from the merger of two youth subcultures - the mods and the rude boys.  This happened when young Jamaican immigrants to the UK in the 1960s began hanging around with working-class English kids.  Back in the day, no one would blink an eye at a black skinhead

This began to change in the 1970s, when racist extremists in the UK began to recruit disaffected working-class youth as cannon fodder for their campaigns.  Noting that skinheads had reputations as street fighters, they began to distort & corrupt the subculture, helped along by a hysterical mass media.

By the time the skinhead subculture took root in the U.S., it was unclear which version of skinhead - the original multiracial version or the nazi imposters - would hold sway.  But sensationalist media coverage, stuffy academics, and of course the police made sure that the public equated “skinhead” with “racists,” unwittingly help U.S. racist groups with their recruitment by handing the subculture over to them on a silver fucking platter.

(above: The Baldies - the original anti-racist skinhead crew).

Happily, real skinheads in the U.S. were not having it.  Hailing from Minneapolis, The Baldies were the first organized crew of anti-racist skinheads and they fought & won a battle to drive a white supremacist bonehead gang off the streets.  

(above: members of The Syndicate at a 1989 Syndicate inter-city conference in Minneapolis)

A couple of years later they would co-found The Syndicate - an intercity network of anti-racist skins, punks, and other youth in the MidWest that laid the foundations for The Anti-Racist Action Network a few years later.

(above: patches commissioned by founding members of the original SHARP chapter)
Around this time, a group of anti-racist skins in NYC formed the world’s first SHARP chapter, which inspired other chapters all over the world.

  (above: image from flyer for the first RASH intercity gathering)

In 1993, Red and Anarchist Skinheads began also in NYC but with an (obviously) more explicit political mandate.  

So basically Anon, skinhead began as a multiracial youth subculture that nazi scum have been attempting to take over for years.  But despite help from the authorities and the media, the majority of skinheads have never been racist scum!  Because of this, real skinheads strongly object to any reference to bigoted filth as “skinheads.”  The preferred and more-accurate term for such swine is “bonehead.”

You’ll find a more academic look at this whole deal here.   

(above: SHARP skins in Paris)

anonymous asked:

simply, don't wear red of white laces with your docs cause you could be mistaken for a neonazi as white stands for white supremacist and red for having committed hate crimes. Although racist skinheads misappropriated docs from the rude boy skinhead culture so if someone is wearing white laces and a s.h.a.r.p. or g.n.w.p. Patch its cause they are reclaiming it as anti-racist since the skinhead style was originally from Jamaican immigrants who were reclaiming their pride as Brits not Nationalists.


The Story of Skinhead, with Don Letts

Another great documentary, this one made for BBC Four. In it, Don Letts talks to some of the prime players in British skinhead history, from its original working class, mixed-race roots, to co-optation by the National Front, to Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice, and beyond.

anonymous asked:

im neo-pagan and am interested in norse & celtic mythology/symbolism/etc , but i know neo-nazis have been co-opting a lot of norse shit into their nazi things. what should i be avoiding that they have "claimed" or should i just step away from that stuff altogether?

Let us tell you a little story from the 1990s.   One of the original SHARP skinheads we know was at a party when someone said, “hey man, why don’t you drop the whole skinhead thing so people don’t mistake you for a nazi?”

Our friend explained it thusly: “let’s say you loved golf.  No, you REALLY loved golf!  Golf was your everything.  Your whole identity was about golf.  Then one day, some losers showed up at the golf course with some shitty golf clothes and cheap golf clubs.  They clearly don’t know much about the game and can’t play it very well. But they are good at being racist assholes and attacking people with their clubs.

“Are you going to give up the thing that you love; the thing that you identify the most with; the thing that makes you you because some racist assholes showed up and are wrecking it?  Oh hell no you’re not!  You’re not going to let them steal and ruin what wasn’t theirs to start with.  So you’re going to get your other golf-obsessed friends together and run them the fuck off the links and out of the sport altogether!”

So whether you’re a neo-pagan, or a skinhead, or a golf fanatic - when bigots show up pretending to be part of your scene, take back what they’ve stolen from your culture and then run them the fuck out.  

Since you’re a neo-pagan, we’ll make it easy for you to get started by pointing you in the direction of Heathens United Against Racism.


can we talk about the extreme differences from original skinheads and neo-nazis????

The Skinhead movement actually started in Montego Bay, Jamaica in the early 1960’s. They were working class, blue collar kids that listened to ska and shaved their heads to tell each other apart from the mods, and rasta’s. The movement filtered over to the UK and then American when white racist assholes started adopting the style and calling themselves skinheads. So now the world thinks all skinheads are racist. Real skinheads are not the neo-Nazi assholes one so often hears, sees and reads about in the media. Many skinheads now, are come from different backgrounds and race, living in California you’ll see latino, black, white, asain skinheads. They choose to be skinheads because they believe in the values of the working class, they believe all races should come together and they like to groove to the ska beat.

I ask that you please refer to neo-Nazi as Neo-nazis fascists or racists or just plain ignorant fucks, but not as skinheads. They are not true skinheads, for they do not connect to the music and culture.

This is a picture of my Mum back in the day, fuck knows when was taken!? Shes mid 50’s now and shes about 15 here so I dunno. The nikes in the background have thrown me. Maybe it’s one of them time travel pictures!? ;)  She’s still off her nut bless her!! She’s off to see ‘The Beat’ tonight. Still lives in the East End of London, still likes a scrap.

Spirit of ‘69

The phrase Spirit of '69 is used by traditional skinheads to commemorate what they identify as the skinhead subculture’s heyday in 1969. The phrase was popularized by a group of Scottish skinheads called the Glasgow Spy Kids.

A skinhead history book entitled Spirit of 69: A Skinhead Bible was written by George Marshall, a skinhead from Glasgow, in the early 1990s. Marshall documents the origins and development of the skinhead subculture, describing elements such as music, dress, and politics in an attempt to refute many popular perceptions about skinheads; the most common being that they are all racists.

Because of their appreciation of music played by black people, they tend to be non-racist, unlike the white power skinheads. Trojan skinheads usually dress in a typical 1960s skinhead style, which includes items such as: button-down Ben Sherman shirts, Fred Perry polo shirts, braces, fitted suits, cardigans, tank tops, Harrington jackets and Crombie-style overcoats. Hair is generally between a 2 and 4 grade clip-guard (short, but not bald), in contrast to the shorter-haired punk-influenced Oi! skins of the 1980s. The phrase “Spirit of '69” was not merely “popularized” or “coined” by, but originated from the Glasgow Spy Kids in the mid 80’s. And in particular, Ewan Kelly, who designed the tattoo which bore the phrase.

Many of the original core members were previously mods who progressed to skinhead in much the same way as happened only 16/17 years earlier, and chose to maintain the original skinhead ethos in direct defiance of the right-wing supporting “boneheads” prevalent at that time.
The author of “Spirit of '69”, George Marshall would, I’ve no doubt, confirm that he arrived on the Glasgow scene a couple of years after the Spy Kids were formed and began attending the 60’s soul/ska/reggae dances which were regularly organised and well-attended by the Glasgow skinhead/mod/scooterist fraternity, and that he “borrowed” the phrase from the Spy Kids’ tattoo for the title of his hitherto unwritten bible.

skinhead is a member of a subculture that originated among working class youths in LondonEngland in the 1960s and then soon spread to other parts of the United Kingdom, and later to other countries around the world. Named for their close-cropped or shaven heads, the first skinheads were greatly influenced by West Indian (specifically Jamaicanrude boys and British mods, in terms of fashion, music and lifestyle.[1] Originally, the skinhead subculture was mainly based on those elements, not politics or race. In fact many British Skinheads during the 1960s were Black.

Eventually, political affiliations grew in significance for the skinhead subculture, and now the political spectrum within the subculture spans from far right to far left, although many skinheads describe themselves as apolitical. Contemporary skinhead fashions range from clean-cut 1960s mod-influenced styles to less-strict punk- and hardcore-influenced styles.


photo by Nick Knight

In the late 1950s the post-war economic boom led to an increase in disposable income among many young people. Some of those youths spent that income on new fashions popularised by American soul groups, British R&B bands, certain film actors, and Carnaby Street clothing merchants. These youths became known as mods, a youth subculture noted for its consumerism and devotion to fashion, music and scooters.

Mods of lesser means made do with practical clothing styles that suited their lifestyle and employment circumstances: work boots or army boots, straight-leg jeans or Sta-Prest trousers, button-down shirts and braces (called suspenders in North America). When possible, these working class mods spent their money on suits and other sharp outfits to wear at dancehalls, where they enjoyed soul, ska, bluebeat and rocksteady music.

Around 1966, a schism developed between the peacock mods (also known as smooth mods), who were less violent and always wore the latest expensive clothes, and the hard mods (also known as gang mods, lemonheads or peanuts), who were identified by their shorter hair and more working class image. These hard mods became commonly known as skinheads by about 1968. Their short hair may have come about for practical reasons, since long hair can be a liability in industrial jobs and in streetfights. Skinheads may also have cut their hair short in defiance of the more middle class hippie culture.

In addition to retaining many mod influences, early skinheads were very interested in Jamaican rude boy styles and culture, especially the music: ska, rocksteady, and early reggae (before the tempo slowed down and lyrics became focused on topics like black nationalism and the Rastafari movement).

Skinhead culture became so popular by 1969 that even the rock band Slade temporarily adopted the look as a marketing strategy. The subculture gained wider notice because of a series of violent and sexually explicit novels by Richard Allen, notably Skinhead and Skinhead Escapes. Due to largescale British migration to Perth, Western Australia, many British youths in that city joined skinhead/sharpies gangs in the late 1960s and developed their own Australian style.

By the early 1970s, the skinhead subculture started to fade from popular culture, and some of the original skins dropped into new categories, such as the suedeheads (defined by the ability to manipulate one’s hair with a comb), smoothies (often with shoulder-length hairstyles), and bootboys (with mod-length hair; associated with gangs and football hooliganism). Some fashion trends returned to the mod roots, with brogues, loafers, suits, and the slacks-and-sweater look making a comeback.

In the late 1970s, the skinhead subculture was revived to a notable extent after the introduction of punk rock. Most of these revivalist skinheads reacted to the commercialism of punk by adopting a look that was in line with the original 1969 skinhead style. This revival included Gary Hodges and Hoxton Tom McCourt (both later of the band the 4-Skins) and Suggs, later of the band Madness. Around this time, some skinheads became affiliated with far right groups such as the National Front and the British Movement. From 1979 onwards, punk-influenced skinheads with shorter hair, higher boots and less emphasis on traditional styles grew in numbers and grabbed media attention, mostly due to football hooliganism. There still remained, however, skinheads who preferred the original mod-inspired styles, and thus, maintained that Spirit of ‘69.

Eventually different interpretations of the skinhead subculture expanded beyond Britain and continental Europe. In the United States, certain segments of the hardcore punk scene embraced skinhead styles and developed their own version of the subculture