listened to punk, ska, and Oi for a long time
now. This whole skinhead thing started for me
about four weeks ago when I said to my friends
that I was thinking about going skin. They were
all kind of surprised at first, but as I kept
talking about it, everyone got used to it, and
even they wanted to do it.
just over a week ago, I cropped my head finally
and threw on some braces and boots and stood
tall as a skinhead. Most of my friends and
people I know were surprised that I became a
people that I know really well had to look twice
just to recognize me. There were a few things
that set me off. One was that I was just pissed
off about how kids are these days. They have all
their fads and trends that they just have to
follow otherwise they’re not accepted. I didn’t
want to be a part of their bull shit lives.
other things that set me off were the music, the
Byrds, the big shiny boots, the braces, and the
simple but yet complex lifestyle that so many
people misunderstand. Overall, everything is
setting in well and everyone is used to it by
now. Going skin really took some balls, and now
that I’m a skinhead, I’ve never felt so proud in
my entire life.
in my school (I’m a senior, by the way), there
are ONLY four skinheads, three of which are
seniors. Of course we get looks from people all
the time. But, that’s only because they don’t
understand what skinheads stand for. One thing
people don’t realize is that we’re not ALL
There are a few different kinds of skinheads.
I’m not going to get into all of that, but me, I
consider myself a traditional skinhead. I’ve got
my own opinions and I’m proud of what I am and
who I’ve become. I’d judge no one by the color
of their skin or where they’re from. I judge
people by what they’re capable of and by what
they can do. To me, skinheads are about pride,
camaraderie, patriotism and respect.
my crew and I walk into any establishment, I
think that people can tell we’re not racist just
by the way we act. In my short time as a skin,
I’ve never had anyone give me shit when I go
someplace. Though, I’m sure it’s bound to happen
somewhere along the line. When it does, I think
I’ll be able to handle it. For the most part,
people probably won’t even say or do anything
and they’ll mind their own business.
far, skinhead life is a lot of fun, but it’s
also hard work.
hard part is dealing with ass holes that
automatically assume that we’re bigots, but
that’s to be expected. The thing I like
most about being a skinhead is drinking high
quality beer with my crew and just hanging out.
me, Oi is the best music out there. I refuse to
listen to anything else. Especially all that rap
bull shit. Oi is what skinheads are all about. I
usually listen to Dropkick Murphy’s (of course),
Pinkerton Thugs, The Righteous, Flogging Molly,
and a few other ska bands. This is the type of
music, which drives us to be proud of who we
are. All of my friends listen to Oi and we go to
concerts all the time. I think that Oi is one of
the basic elements that maintains the unity
between all skinheads.
Ps. I joined the Marines.