Short hair is easy to wash, jeans are firm, don't rip easily and wash up easily, boots with caps keep feet safe. Later, laces come in with skins coming to football games (different colour of the laces showed which club they supported).
In the '70. , the look and movement was hijacked by Brittish Nationalist Front, so today we have youth who harvested some sick ideas (nazi and white supremacy ideas).
Today there are more "kinds" of skins: the traditional (working-class), the boneheads (nazi & WP), S.H.A.R.P.s (anti-nazi league), gay skinhead scene...
In it's soul, skinhead movement started as a non-political fashion style of working class youth in England who listened to ska & reagge (later punk & oi!) and drove scooters.
to the West coast:
gotta gotta gotta go!
Unated we stand,
Devided we fall!:
gotta gotta gotta go!"
In the 70s, many punk-rockers became Skinhead, Skrewdriver among them, and brought Oi! and RAC into the scene.
Skinheads represent the working class, and fight with honor.
There are 4 main types of Skinheads:
Traditional Skinheads (Rejects all politics and labels)
Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice (SHARP) Anti-racist Skinheads
White Power/National Socialist(Neo-Nazi) Racist Skinheads
Red Anarchistic Skinheads (RASH)
There's also GASH (Gay Aryan Skinheads), but they're just a joke.
The general "uniform" of the Skinheads are flight jackets, Fred Perry's/polo shirts/dress shirts, Levi 501s/tight jeans, steelcap combat boots (Doc Martens, Gripfasts, and others), and either shaved head or close-cut hair. Sideburns are common.
Generally, skinheads reject hard drugs, although drinking and smoking are common.
Skinheads love to go out drinking with the boys, get rowdy, and kick a few skulls in.
Skinheads work for a honest, working-class living with their own sweat and blood.
Oi, Oi, Oi!
It's something you are. It's not a style. It's not a fad. It's a way of life. Skinheads will live on as long as there fat cats in power who don't give a sh#t about the youth of today. We're proud, we're pi$$ed and we're here to stay.
"That skinheads braces are almost as wide as he is."
"Great big boots
pants held up by scarlet braces
Get out of my way
or get sent for a ride.
We've just got violence in our minds"
The Last Resort