How much do you know about Skinheads? Do you automatically think ‘racist’ when you hear the word? Well Skinhead culture originated among working class youths in London,England in the 1960s and then soon spread to other parts of the United Kingdom, and later to other countries around the world. Named for their close-cropped or shaven heads, the first skinheads were greatly influenced by West Indian (specifically Jamaican) rude boys and British mods, in terms of fashion, music and lifestyle. Originally, the skinhead subculture was mainly based on those elements, not politics or race, in fact many British Skinheads during the 1960s were Black. Eventually, political affiliations grew in significance for the skinhead subculture, and now the political spectrum within the subculture spans from far right to far left, although many skinheads describe themselves as apolitical. Contemporary skinhead fashions range from clean-cut 1960s mod-influenced styles to less-strict punk- and hardcore-influenced styles. Skinheads dressed in styles that suited their lifestyle and employment circumstances: work boots or army boots, straight-leg jeans, button-down shirts, and suspenders which they wore at dancehalls, where they enjoyed soul, ska,blue beat and rocksteady music. Early skinheads were very interested in Jamaican rude boy styles and culture, especially the music: ska, rocksteady, and early reggae (before the tempo slowed down and lyrics became focused on topics like black nationalism and the Rastafari movement.