Archive for December, 2008

Skinhead Fashion: From Head to Toe

Posted in Fashion, Subculture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2008 by lvigilante

I recently gave my cousin the film, “This is England” for X-mas, and it reminded me that all along, there has been a certain look behind the subculture.  So from head to toe, here’s an ATTEMPT to break down the Skinhead look with pics from the film. Sources from “Spirit of ’69,” and my general knowledge.

From the top: Shaved/ Short hair, British Shirts (Ben Shermans and Fred Perry), and Braces

Starting from the head, usually a fully shaved head tops the Skinhead.  However some Skinheads tend to keep a little hair by shaving with a number two clip— having hair with the length of an eighth of an inch long.  It is said that anything over an eighth of an inch is not Skinhead.  The true meaning behind the shaved head has no connection to racism at all.  Having a shaved head simply made it easier for the 60s Skinheads when working at factories.  A Skin shaving his or her head or having short hair meant not having to worry about catching lice or getting his or her hair caught in machines when working in the factory.

Onto to the body. Two main articles of clothing that make up the Skinhead fashion are the t-shirts and the braces (thin suspenders).  Most Skinheads wear shirts designed by Ben Sherman and Fred Perry.  Ben Sherman shirts, often called “Bennies,” were a popular choice as reggae and ska fans (also known as Rudeboys) tend to sport this kind of shirt.  Since Skinheads were enthusiasts of the Jamaican culture, they showed that they listened to reggae and ska music by wearing Ben Sherman shirts.  In addition, Skinheads also wear Fred Perry shirts since many believe that he was Britain’s greatest tennis player.  Skinheads wearing Fred Perry shirts became a trend mainly because some Skinheads were former mods (another music scene that originated in Britain), and to the mods, Fred Perry shirts were a must.  As many types of shirts became popular to the Skinheads over time, one main accessory that has stayed consistent is the thin braces (suspenders).


To the Bottom: Jeans and Doc Martens.

Moving down to the lower body, the popular kind of pants to wear are jeans.  Since the original Skinheads were a working class of people, it would only be fitting to wear something durable and “blue-collar.”  Therefore the preference of jeans became the trend for Skinheads.  Skinheads take pride in their appearance, so some of them even go through the trouble to iron creases in their jeans.  When worn, the jeans were to be rolled up to show off the boots and the laces. Going lower, the favored footwear for Skinheads are Doc Marten boots.  The boots emphasize the working class, and so for Skinheads to stay true to their roots, they wear this article of clothing in and out of work.  Doc Marten boots are the preferred boots since they provides the most comfort with its “air wair” soles. However, since mods/ rudeboys and skinhead looks are related, don’t be surprised to see loafers.

Skinhead Fashion Today: From durability and blue-collar, to glamorous and the runway.

Merry X-mas

Posted in Random Posts with tags , on December 23, 2008 by lvigilante

Have a safe one…

R.I.P. to the Broad with the Bangs (A Bettie Page Tribute)

Posted in Random Posts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2008 by lvigilante

God better have mercy on her soul. She shook up America’s sexual revolution in the 60’s, she made everyone embrace their darker appetites, and she will forever immortalize the jet black hair and those cute-but-still-hot bangs. Rest in peace to Bettie Page. And thanks for loving the camera back.

And thanks to Rad Nauseam for finding this rare gem, “Bettie before all the fame…”

Sampling in Streetwear

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by lvigilante

After chatting it up with Joe from House of Commons about Friday Night Lights, riding, and the general state of streetwear, he told me about Rogue Status’/ DTA’s recent shit-talking post on the Hundreds— one of the Godfathers of LA streetwear.  The post was pretty simple: a manipulated image of an ad for the Hundreds’ collaboration with Forum Snowboards; detailing how they’re a joke.Rogue Status/ DTA calls out The Hundreds

But I’m not sure if Rogue Status has the right to be calling someone out for being unoriginal. I mean, it’s true that the Hundreds have had unoriginal/ “sampled designs” like their Rose/ Cool World tee or their Little Miss Tens / Little Miss Sunshine tee, however, like rap/ hip-hop, we have witnessed streetwear borrow something that already exists– in this case an existing image.  Crooks and Castles has done it with their Mexican flag shirt, Dissizit! did it with their Bad Brains hoodie, and the most recent brand Rogue Status collaborated with– Blvck Scvle, was even unoriginal with their Amadeus piece. So it ultimately doesn’t seem right for Rogue Status/ DTA to criticize the Hundreds for copying something that already exists and making it their own, when they are working with Blvk Scvle, who has done the same thing.

The method of sampling previous works has been a common thing in the industry, from taking images of celebrities, to borrowing existent pictures and symbols (especially from the occult and nautical themes).  Sure all in all we would like more originality, but I suppose that’s the easily leadable consumer’s fault for easily buying unoriginal works.  Working with an original picture has been common practice in the streetwear industry.  Take for instance the rising brand, Halloway. This new brand’s collection has been getting some rave reviews in the Hypebeast Forums. And among their pieces, an image of Angelina Jolie from a Rolling Stone shoot is used in one of their designs.  Conclusion: the deliberate act of taking a previous image and manipulating it is a common method in streetwear. Yet, appreciation for the work and arguing its originality are all subjective.

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