Gavin Watson : 89



Gavin Watson grew up in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, photographing the people he knew and the gangs they hung out with. He has received much critical acclaim for his book : Skins and Punks, documenting the skinhead movement of the 1970’s / 1980’s. He has selected a series of photos for the GETME! website :

I remember thinking I had managed to be part of the skinhead lifestyle which was amazing, and that now I was young enough to appreciate another new cultural movement. I just felt sorry for people who didn’t go. I had got into Madness for fun, for girls, for the clothes, the excitement that it brought, and just for dancing. But by the time I was 23 the skinhead thing had just turned into macho posturing. The dancing, the girls, all that had gone and literally all it was was protecting your patch. Stupidity! So when raving came along there was no choice: going up the pub and pretending to be hard? Or standing in a field with thousands of beautiful people watching the sun come up? There was no choice.

NEVILLE AND DEAN MORNING 89

SLOUGH CENTRE 89

END OF NIGHT SLOUGH CENTRE 89

BUS BACK FROM A HOOPERS GIG

WORDS / PHOTOS : GAVIN WATSON