Suburban Days and Urban
Suburban Days and Urban Nights
live in the suburbs during the day and I play in
the city at night. Hey, it’s the American way.
Does this piss you off? Sorry about that, but
that’s what is. It is reality 1999 for me.
|My name is Joe. I’m
17 years old and claimed skinhead status about a
year and a half ago. Its not easy being a freshcut.
Particularly when you’re surrounded by "preppie
wannabes" and "football jockos." Plus the
anti-skin, nazi media hype has got to them, so
most are narrow minded, as is the general public,
when it comes to what a skinead really is.
||I’m a skin and
proud of it. I have a part-time job after school,
and earn my own way. My family is not poor, nor
are we rich; just middle class. So, you skins with
an agenda of the left or the right, no lectures
please, just buzz off.
|To me a skin is a
person who is not ashamed of work, and has pride
in himself, his crew and his country. A real skin
doesn’t play God and make judgement calls on
people who are different from himself. And he
doesn’t go around saying who is superior and
inferior in the world's pecking order. I’m a skin
who lives and let lives, does his own thing, and
if it works for me…good for me.
|I claimed skin
status first because of the music. I love oi,
hardcore, and in fact I like music from oi to
classical, from Madness to Garbage. Right now I’ve
been working on some techno. I’ve been spinning
nights at a techno club here in ghetto Motown, and
if that doesn’t fit in with your skin image,
scratch it. Secondly, I became a skin because of
the style. I like the trim look versus the floppy
look. When I have my 14 eyelet docs spit-shinned
and laced up, I feel proud and sharp. Hey, it
makes me feel just great. Plus a lot of kids at
school just get out of my way when I’m walking the
halls…skin fear I call it.
|As for the byrds,
most of them like the skin look. Particularly
after they get over the media hype and realize
it’s what’s inside this bald head that’s
that’s my story. If you’d like to touch base with
me, just e-mail me at
Cheers & Beers,