Perhaps one of the most reviled yet misunderstood of all the youth subcultures, the skinhead look and lifestyle has w rightly returned to the very forefront of contemporary youth culture. While celebrities and sportsmen shave their heads for the red carpet, the underbelly of British youth culture has rediscovered the look which is w more fashionable than it has ever been. The single most important photographic record of this unique subculture is Gavin Watson's Skins, w proudly released as a brand new edition, complete with dozens of previously unpublished photographs and a new chapter. The scores of black and white shots offer a fascinating glimpse into a skinhead community that was multi-cultural, tightly knit and above all else, fiercely proud of their look. These are classic photographs of historical value.
Gavin Watson is the author of Skins & Punks. Ted Polhemus is an anthoropologist and writer whose work fashions on fashion and anti-fashion.