Old Mod and Skinhead Go Shopping (Tighten Up)
Derek, was a Mod in the 1960s who became a Skinhead in the same decade. He shopped at a lot of the same places, wore the same kind of gear and rode the same kind of scooter. The music changed along with the hair and class attitude, but the Mods had been around for too long by 1968. They'd appeared at a time when a Tory government told the people that they'd never had it so good, and really got going before Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies did for the Conservatives in 1962. "I became a…
Shooting skinheads: Derek Ridgers captures a cult – in pictures
Derek Ridgers spent five years photographing skinheads in Britain between 1979 and 1984, documenting the controversial youth cult of the early Thatcher years. Here are some of the striking images from his new book Skinheads
Mod (from modernist) is a subculture that originated in London, England in the late 1950s and peaked in the early-to-mid 1960s. Significant elements of the mod subculture include: fashion (often tailor-made suits); pop music, including African American soul, Jamaican ska, and British beat music and R&B; and Italian motor scooters. The original mod scene was also associated with amphetamine-fuelled all-night dancing at clubs. From the mid-to-late 1960s onwards, the mass media…
British gentlemen brand Ben Sherman is celebrating this year their 50th anniversary. In order to celebrate this achievement, Ben Sherman pays tribute to the evolution of British menswear. And the m…
London street photography through the decades
The Museum of London's London Street Photography exhibition displays scores of candid images of everyday life through the years. Dating from approximately 1860, the pictures show a city but a city both wholly recognisable and strangely familiar.