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Group of skinheads & hippies in Piccadilly Circus, 1969

Terry Spencer

Group of skinheads & hippies in Piccadilly Circus, 1969
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Full image caption

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.

Image Details

1969 AD - 1969 AD
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© Cara Spencer / Museum of London

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