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02 JANUARY 2015

Melbourne youth subculture: before punk there were Sharpies

"An extension of the UK skinhead movement, the roots of sharp lie in the influx of European immigrants in Australia in the early 1960s. By the late 1960s the Sharpie subculture had evolved and existed in the mainly working class and migrant inner city suburbs such as Richmond, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Brunswick where Greeks, Italians, Yogoslavs and English immigrants all lived side by side. But as street corners gradually changed to shopping centres, by the early 1970s, the Sharpie movement started to spread to the outer suburbs of Melbourne where a 'rough as guts' working class ethos existed.

The name 'Sharpie' originated from the fashion. It was all about the clothes and looking sharp, and flash. The first wave of Sharpies from 1966 – 1969 were strongly influenced by UK Mod fashions, the 1964 Rockers and the style of certain Italian migrants. Demeanor was tough, hair was short back and sides and clothing was custom made by European tailors, thus allowing for a blend of neo–thirties suave combined with a contemporary larrikin attitude. Dances were also a big part of the Sharpies social fabric, with bands such as Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, Wild Cherries, Ray Brown & the Whispers, and Max Merritt & the Meteors being popular choices.

From 1970–1980, the second wave of Sharpies were following hard, tough rock'n'roll bands like Lobby Loyde and the Coloured Balls, Buster Brown, Rose Tattoo, The Angels and ACDC. Sharpies were now often congregating in large numbers, regularly attending live band concerts at town hall and high school dances as well as early discos. But due to their sheer numbers, Sharpies were often perceived as being untouchable by the police and were often associated with excessive violence, regularly taking part in fights."

(Melynda von Wayward)

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Simon Perkins
03 JULY 2014

Teenage subculture identities discussed in 1979 on UK youth TV programme Something Else

"In this edition from Birmingham, the Coventry band the Specials had just finished playing and George is sitting beside Martin Degville, just in front of Jane Kahn, partner in the seminal outrage shop Kahn & Bell."

(David Johnson, 28 June 2010)

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Simon Perkins
10 JULY 2012

Visual simplicity targeting younger customers

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2011aesthetics • Alexandre Plokhov • Alexandre Plokhov collection • autumn/winter collection • classic design • classic suit • cloakclothescontemporary design • cool tailoring • design formalismdesign simplicitydesign style • Douglas Keeve • elegancefashion designfashion design collectionfigures in spacehaute couturehigh fashionhomoeroticismkaleidoscope • men • menswear • menswear design • menswear designer • minimalmirrored effect • overcoat • staid suit • stand-out pieces • stylesuitsymmetrytableau vivanttailoringvideo designvisual designvisual dramavisual simplicitywool • wool overcoat • younger customer • younger customers

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Simon Perkins
24 MARCH 2010

Wrangler: Blue Bell Spring/Summer 2010 Website

"The Blue Bell website featuring Tony Ward in an interactive undressing is exciting and ingenious.

You can control the legendary model's every move, right down to stripping off his shirt. Using digital film and cinematic special effects to achieve an incomparable level of user interface."

(AJANAKU:Marco, 9 February 2010, http://www.ajanaku.nl/wrangler–blue–bell–springsummer–2010–website/)

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Simon Perkins
06 NOVEMBER 2008

The Sartorialist: photographing people on the streets of New York

"I started The Sartorialist simply to share photos of people that I saw on the streets of New York that I thought looked great. When I worked in the fashion industry (15 years), I always felt that there was a disconnect between what I was selling in the showroom and what I was seeing real people (really cool people) wearing in real life."
(Scott Schuman)

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Mia Thornton
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