Vinatge: London Skinheads by Derek Ridgers (1980s)

Vinatge: London Skinheads by Derek Ridgers (1980s)


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.

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.

Dawn, left, and Becky, photographed in Putney Railway Station, 1980. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Dawn, left, and Becky, photographed in Putney Railway Station, 1980. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Leicester Square, 1981.

Leicester Square, 1981. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

This is John and Dave (gleaned simply from looking at their tattoos) in Chelsea in 1981. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

This is John and Dave (gleaned simply from looking at their tattoos) in Chelsea in 1981. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Young skinhead photographed close to Carnaby Street in 1980.

Young skinhead photographed close to Carnaby Street in 1980. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Two skinhead girls photographed on a bank holiday in Brighton (this is the image later used by Morrissey on the Your Arsenal tour).

Two skinhead girls photographed on a bank holiday in Brighton (this is the image later used by Morrissey on the Your Arsenal tour). Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Skinheads hanging around outside The Last Resort shop in Goulston Street, 1981.

Skinheads hanging around outside The Last Resort shop in Goulston Street, 1981. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Chelsea, March 1982. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Chelsea, March 1982. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photographed in Billys, at 69 Dean Street, Soho 1979.

Photographed in Billys, at 69 Dean Street, Soho 1979. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

‘Smiler’ since he’s got it written on his jacket. His real name was Wayne and his street name was Wally. 1984.

His real name was Wayne and his street name was Wally. 1984. Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers

Photograph: Derek Ridgers


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