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1980’s Photograph of Skinhead Subculture in Britain

Neil Patrick

The Skinhead movement is one of Britain’s biggest subculture in the 1980’s. It has originated from the youth of the working class in London, England. And the word “Skinhead” was base on the member’s physical feature and the name became known by 1968, and in ’69 it became so popular. But, it has slowly fading by the early 70’s. By the time of the restoration of the Skinhead subculture in 1979 onward, it became widespread in the United Kingdom and even in the European continent. The Skinhead subculture was based on fashion, music and lifestyle, not by race or politics.

Here are some photos from the decade where the Skinhead movement show their strength, 1979 onward.


March on the streets of London. (1980’s) [Via]

Youth in Britain on a demonstration. (1989) [Via]

A view from the top. (1980’s) [Via]

Salute! (1980’s) [Via]



Police used dogs to surround skinheads at Southend-on-Sea. (1982) [Via]

As time goes by, media and subsequently the general public, had come to view that the skinhead subculture promotes Neo-Nazism and racism.

London Skinhead kids. (1983) [Via]

Skinhead Boys walking on King’s Road, London. (1979) [Via]

Skinhead youth in Britain (1980’s) [Via]

A tattoo on the lip “Skins”. (1980) [Via]

 The Last Resort in Goulston Street, Aldgate. (1981)photos by Derek RidgersVia]

Group salute in Chelsea (March 1982)  Photos by Derek Ridgers [Via]

A youngster Near Carnaby Street (1980s) photos by Derek Ridgers [Via]

Two skinhead girls taking a photo on a bank holiday in Brighton. (1980’s) – photos by Derek Ridgers [Via]

John and Dave in Chelsea. (1981)photos by Derek Ridgers [Via]

Soho (1984)photos by Derek Ridgers [Via]

June (1981) – photos by Derek Ridgers [Via]

Smiler in Soho (1984) photos by Derek Ridgers [Via]

Chris in Kings Road (1984) –  photos by Derek Ridgers [Via]

Tattoos have been famous in the skinhead subculture since at least the 1970’s by the time it was revived. In the 80’s in Britain,  some of them had tattooed the word “Skin” on the faces, forehead and lips.


Neil Patrick

Neil Patrick is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News