Ahead of an eagerly anticipated new exhibition at London College of Communication looking at the historical and cultural origins of skinhead identity, we’ve delved into the comprehensive collection of skinhead paraphernalia gathered by the graphic subcultures research group for a show set to debunk myths about a sometimes misunderstood subculture.

Running from the Wednesday 23 October to Saturday 2 November 2013 in the Upper and Lower Street galleries at LCC, Where Have All The Bootboys Gone? focuses on the visual manifestations of skinhead style – in dress, illustration, graphic design, photography, media and publishing – together with its links to music genres, football, politics and class.

The opening night on Wednesday 23 October, features a round table discussion with guests including rock-music journalist Garry Bushell, historian Matt Worley and design researcher Ana Raposo. Tickets for via Eventbrite: bootboys.eventbrite.co.uk

Where Have All the #Bootboys Gone?

Wednesday 23 October – Saturday 2 November 2013 (Free entry)

Open 10am – 5pm (closed Sundays)

Symposium & Private View Wednesday 23 October 6 – 9pm – book here

Upper Street Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle






Last Resort T Shirts, Mick Furbank











All images courtesy of the Mott Collection and Toast