SKINS

Perhaps one of the most reviled yet misunderstood of all the youth subcultures, the skinhead look and lifestyle has now 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 via acclaimed films such as 2007's award-winning This Is EnglandThe look is now more fashionable than it has ever been.

What makes Gavin’s photos so special is that when you look at them, there’s clearly trust from the subject towards the photographer so it feels like you’re in the photo rather than just observing.
— Shane Meadows

The single most important photographic record of this unique subculture is Gavin Watson's Skins, now proudly released as a brand new edition on Independent Music Press, complete with over 30 new and previously unpublished photographs.

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.

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