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Ok, here goes, the skinhead movement started in the sixties 1969 to be exact. The first skins were born from Jamaican immigrants known as”rude boys” and english “hard mods”. As you know Jamaicans are black so naturally the black Jamaican culture rubbed of and mixed with the hard “take no shit ” attitude of the hard mods thus the skinhead was born. Many of the first skins were actually black. Anyways they mostly listened to ska reggae and soul music (I can give you some great artists to check out!) and drank beer and got into trouble like any one else but because of the black work boots and the close cropped hair and the fact that they usually traveled in groups being that they were usually friends gave them an intimidating air. But it was a youth movement much like the “greaser” subculture, like greasers they usually wore work boots mainly doc martins cuffed jeans and braces aka suspenders they were just a bunch working class guys and girls that had something in common and yea sure some were probably racist but that was something apart from the movement just like some greasers were probably racists but the culture was created by black people so its kinda hard to be a racist skinhead now what most people think of when they hear “skinhead” is a neo Nazi shithead you see skins underwent a drastic change after the 70s due to one huge factor Punk Rock. When the punks came out with hardcore it revolutionized the skinhead scene transforming in to an angry youth movement pissed off at your job, pissed off at your folks, pissed off at society, the world. Well this movement was for you with the Vietnam war raging the new type of skin spread to America which would later be known as Oi skins after Oi music it now had heavy political undertones and every thing changed even the look was radically different tight bleached jeans tall black combat boots braces and instead of one to two inch long hair it was traded in for shaved to the skin now more violent than ever they were essentially an angry mob a very young angry mob very angry very violent and very naive the neo nazis saw this and took advantage and in the 80s with the cold war in effect everybody was worried or angry the neo Nazis had brainwashed loads and loads of pissed of teens into their cause by telling them the Mexicans are taking our jobs the blacks are killing and robbing you ECT. giving that sea of frothing unorganized rage direction and using this angy group to their advantage stealing the skinhead culture and perverting it into a sad dishonerable ugly monster but I also blame the media they jumped on ever neo Nazi act of violence and because of the way a few were dressed labled them skinheads forever crucifing the movement for the actions of racist shitheads hope that helps and in the future skinhead is never a neo Nazi they are often referred to as bone heads or as I like to call them shitheads and if you are wondering how or why I know this or why I’m so passionate about it in a skinhead and I have been attacked countless times and and injured pretty badly because I was thought to be a neo Nazi shithead any ways keep the faith! And remember your roots, think with your brains not your boots Oi! from CA. U.S.A.!