Group of skinheads & hippies in Piccadilly Circus, 1969

Terry Spencer

Group of skinheads & hippies in Piccadilly Circus, 1969
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actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

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A group of skinheads walk past a group of hippies sitting on the steps of Eros in Piccadilly Circus.
Anti-mod and anti-hippy crews of skinhead youths displayed their tough attitudes and influences in their dress and behaviour. Borrowing from the mods, West Indian Black styles and adding traditional working clothes, a new sub-culture emerged amongst the working classes.
The very short 'crop' hairstyles these boys wear contrasted with the long-haired hippies who often congregated on the steps of Eros, Piccadilly. Sideburns were sometimes worn to the jaw line, but otherwise skinheads were clean-shaven. Levi jeans, braces, shirts and steel-toe-capped boots, predominantly Dr Martens, exemplify the skinhead trends of 1969.
Terence Spencer worked for Life magazine, photographing the cults and fashions of youth culture during the 1960s.

© Cara Spencer / Museum of London

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