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Skins Paperback – July 1, 2001
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A modern classic. -- The Times
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Gavin Watson's critically acclaimed photography of late 70s skinheads perfectly captures a snapshot of this unique youth culture. The scores of black and white shots offer a fascinating glimpse into a skinhead community that was multicultural, tightly knit and above all else, fiercely proud of their look. These are classic photographs of historical value.
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--"Product of the Environment" on page 15 is a brilliant and chilling composition of two sullen 10-12 year old skinhead boys sitting on wall under "NF Skins" graffiti.
--"The Mission" is a cute snap of a young skin in a crombie contrasting heavily against the a group of white-robed black churchladies.
--"Part of the Union" on page 58 is a great shot taken from below of one skin holding something and a blurry skin in a Union Jack t-shirt standing above him.
--"England Expects" on page 91 is another great show taken from down low, it shows a bulldog's head next to the head of a skin with a tattooed neck, with the tower at Trafalgar Square looming above them.
--"Gretch Having None of It" on page 109 shows two skinheads walking away from the camera down a dark, wet cobblestone street with a bulldog contrasting in the foreground.
It would have been nice if there were a lot less photos and some more context in the form of notes. Quite a number of the photos show Nazi paraphanalia, graffiti, and salutes, it would have been nice for the author to put this in some sort of context, especially in light of the photos that show black classmates and Asians in the community. Seeing as how it's basically one guy's photo album, it's definitely a book of limited interest. It should also be noted that the printing of the book is pretty low quality.
the opportunity to show the true nature of their years of success we are graced with with Watson's one man conviction to show
the passion of a youth movement which stepped heavy like Rudebwoys in it's rebellion. Watson shows and proves the Skin
movement and it's original multi-cultural appeal to young working-class males of all cultures.
Now, Hip hop and rap has the same appeal for youth who wish to break cultural barriers and run with the rebels. But this rabble
of rudeness came first. One can only hope that for this generation that they will have a dedicated chronicler with a swift righteous
eye like Watson to tell their true tale. Watson rides again!!!!!!!