Skinheads are a very British cult but now adopted worldwide. They are generally accepted as having originated in London and at its peak 1969-1970 but there were skinheads before this and also some stayed true for many years after. Skinheads are no angels but they should not be mistaken for racists as they will have as mixed a view on politics as any member of the public. True skinheads will be very smart dressers, neat, tidy, clean and usually hard working.

Skinheads came back on the scene in a big way in the late 70's and have stayed around since in smaller numbers, most in the UK are older and hopefully wiser (ha ha!). Skinheads are famous for wearing manyof the following items of clothing: Dr Marten boots, brogues, loafers, spit 'n' polish, Kiwi oxblood, silk hankies, tie tacks, Ben Shermans, Levis, clip on braces, Fred Perrys, sheepskin coats, Crombies, Harringtons, monkey jackets, Staprest, made to measure suits, Prince of Wales check, mohair, tonic... the list goes on.

We are not clones but actually very much individuals within a certain code. Lambrettas, Vespas are also popular but not essential. Most skinheads also like football (soccer), reggae , soul music ,possibly a bit of glam rock and punk or OI! music but this is not a definitive list.

The Droog


yes skins were tidy and well dressed. They used to help old ladys across the street not beat them up. great days.

ginger5815-Sep-2012, 10:46:15 AM

A friend of my husband was pushing her toddler along a street, in his buggy, when she saw a large group of scarey looking skinheads coming towards her. She tightened her grip on the buggy and avoided eye contact. But as they passed, her little one called out ', Hello,boys!' - causing all the scarey skinheads to stop and smile and make a fuss over her son. Ah, bless!
svat03-Jun-2011, 09:44:27 PM

I'm an old Skin , (58)and was around in the glory days , we were origanliy called bootboys / rude boys..nice site takes me right back
DODGY BOB27-Mar-2010, 01:02:04 PM

I remember seeing gangs of them walking around but you don't see them as much these days but has anybody seen Made In Britain?
VANHELSING17-Mar-2010, 10:38:42 PM

I became a skinhead in 1979, when the two-tone era was just exploding onto the scene. Tonic trousers and sta press, levi red tag's, bracers, short crop, the lot, crombie with red hankie.14 hole docs loakes loafers, the works. Exciting music from The Specials and Madness and mods also roaming the town.Great days.
skinheadawayoflife.c17-Nov-2008, 09:01:29 PM

skinheads came out of the mod movement in the mid 60's and use to be called suedeheads then in the late 70's they all unfairly got labelled as neo nazis as the re-mergence of the national front used them as its flagship!this new movement became the oi/punk scene devised by garry bushell of sun infamy.nowadays skins still around but have mutated into a ska/punk crossover and like a lot of sub cultures are an undergound movement.
mintyfc22-Nov-2007, 06:46:49 PM


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